This election cycle has been the most unique so far in my lifetime, with notably Donald Trump being the Republican Party nominee, and Hillary Clinton (my candidate) succeeding in becoming the first female Presidential nominee of a major political party. As shown in the clip above, Donald Trump previously called Bernie Sanders some quite nasty things in the past (not unusual for him), but has now said:
“For all of those Bernie Sanders voters who will be left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms,” Trump said on Tuesday at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in New York.
But, alas, this post is not about Trump, but Sanders, who whether personally, or within his camp, has said or done some thing I find extremely disapproval of as a candidate running on my party’s ticket.
5. He makes ad hominem attacks.
I could have not been in more agreement with Senator Claire McCaskill when she said of his statement that Hillary Clinton is unqualified to be President:
“There are policy disagreements he may have with her on some things. Let’s stick to those,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. “Let’s not say that the most qualified candidate for president is simply unqualified. Frankly, I don’t get that. And I think we’ve got to refrain from ad hominem attacks that — there’s a different way he could have put that.”
4. He has filed a lawsuit against the DNC.
While running for the first time of the nomination for the party of which you have never ran for, an office you have never ran for, is it really the best thing to also be suing that party? One could get the impression this might alienate some of the people in the party for which you are running to represent in the White House.
3. He supports DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent.
Like President Obama, I support our Chairwoman for re-election to Congress, but ultimately, by Sanders endorsing her primary opponent he is not making this about her position of Chair of the DNC, but rather more about her constituents for which she represents in Congress. If she were to be defeated for re-election, her position as DNC Chair would not change because that is separate election.
2. His campaign staff stole data from the Clinton campaign when the protective firewall was down.
As Sanders has said of NGP VAN, “Sadly, the DNC is relying on an incompetent vendor who on more than one occasion has dropped the firewall between the various Democratic candidates’ data.” But whether technology glitches or not, this to me appeared more to be an ethical issue than anything, as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said of the incident, “It’s like if you found the front door of a house unlocked and someone decided to go into the house and take things that didn’t belong to them.”
1. His campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said don’t nominate Clinton to satisfy her ‘ambitions.’
It’s odd to me for a candidate who incites himself a feminist and ‘honorary woman’ would allow such a statement about a woman running, who at the time was running for the nomination of a major political party, without some sort of disavowal. As I have said before, ambition is not a dirty word.
All of these things, including his letter to the DNC to have Malloy and Frank removed from the DNC Rules Committee have been quite divisive rhetoric that I do not appreciate, but ultimately understand is often times the nature of politics. The response from both the DNC and Frank state the following:
“Your challenge does not allege that there was any violation of the provisions of the Call in the conduct of their elections,” they wrote. “Having carefully reviewed your challenge, we find that it fails to meet the criteria.”
The Sanders campaign’s frustration with Frank and Malloy was a reflection of the strange (and perhaps temporary) enemies made during the long primary. Frank, one of the most quotable figures in politics, was elevated as a critic of Sanders’s personality and tactics.
“The way he’s been acting now is a demonstration of why he’s had no support from his colleagues,” Frank told The Washington Post this month. “The problem that most committed liberals have had with Sen. Sanders is that we don’t think his approach is effective. It’s a self-righteous view that if you just say something loudly enough, you win.”