Many critics of the Democratic Party say they lost to Donald Trump in 2016 because they have abandoned the white working class in favor of coastal elites, Wall Street interests, and identity politics. They argue Bernie could win those voters back.
But Bernie's scathing indictments of the Democratic Party have alienated many lifelong Democratic voters. They say an Independent from a white rural state, who's never passed any significant legislation, has no business running for the party's nomination.
Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. Bernie Sanders attacks/sabotages Democrats. Anyone who supports him, is not a Democrat. It is that simple.
The Republicans' opposition research folder [on Sanders] was almost two feet thick. (The section calling him a communist with connections to Castro alone would have cost him Florida.) The belief that Sanders would have walked into the White House based on polls taken before anyone really attacked him is a delusion built on a scaffolding of political ignorance.
And let's not forget, Bernie has still refused to show us his tax returns, is not a Democrat, & Jane is under investigation for misuse of $
Sanders angered many loyal Democrats when he defended Trump voters against accusations of racism and misogyny. They say it's further evidence that he wants to center white men politically, and that he simply cannot succeed without a diverse coalition.
But many members of the Sanders Revolution say it's time to move away from the two-party binary anyway, and that if Sanders runs as an Independent he can unify a broad group of voters from across the political spectrum behind him.
Bernie should run as an Independent. We need to break this two party cycle, they think they're untouchable.