Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Town Hall Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Newport Opera House in Newport, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Watching the Democratic debate last night was like watching a battle royal. Everyone landed and began firing off with whatever weapons they had in their arsenal causing no shortage of angry moments and hurt feelings.
The one in particular that caught my attention was the strike by former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg on Vermont’s socialist senator Bernie Sanders. The strike was directly on Sanders’ socialism, and it’s hit that Sanders really didn’t appreciate.
Bloomberg noted that America’s most well-known socialist has three houses, and Sanders immediately and angrily went into defensive mode, listing off that the reason he has three houses is that he has one in Vermont where he lives, DC where he works, and like many Vermontians, has a summer camp.
Because who doesn’t have a summer camp?
This is what I wanted out of this debate right here. I wanted to watch the snake bite the thief. Best moment of pretty much all the debates. pic.twitter.com/iqBGobZyp2
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) February 20, 2020
I’ve already written about this moment in political terms earlier, so I won’t go too far into that in this article. You can follow the link below if you’d like more.
More interestingly, and ultimately the most consequential, is how the voters will react to it. Clearly, anyone who hasn’t fully barnacled themselves to Sanders is going to see that and understand that Sanders is something of a fraud. If they aren’t already, they’re going to start drifting away from his campaign. This is something that’s been happening as I discussed in a previous article, noting that as Sanders becomes more popular within the Democrat party, the Democrat party is shrinking.
But the socialists who have gone all-in for Sanders have some serious problems now.
For one, they have to explain Sanders’ hypocrisy. How can a guy who promotes equality and socialism have three houses, all of which could never be afforded by many of the people in his voting base? He’s constantly harping on about how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, but Sanders himself is clearly one of the rich. How do his supporters explain his hypocrisy?
Which leads me to my second question. How do Sanders’ supporters explain their own hypocrisy? These are the supporters who are going full-bore into this socialist ideal and are consistently harping on about how the rich are causing all the problems under the sun. Why is Sanders pardoned?
I’d like to give you those answers, but I’m not exactly finding any. Browsing the subreddit “r/SandersForPresident,” you’d think the moment never happened. They’re not discussing it at all.
The same can be said for Twitter where keywords don’t bring up any arguments defending Sanders for his three homes. There’s a ton of tweets laughing at him about Bloomberg’s strike on him, and many celebrating it to boot, but Sanders supporters who were so loud in their defense of him are suddenly quieter than church mice.
You can always tell where a candidate is wholly wrong, not by what they say, but more by what they don’t say. Their supporters operate in much the same way. Sanders’ hypocrisy is glaring. It’s the elephant in the room. Yet, no one wants to discuss it.
If this was just a minor thing, it wouldn’t matter, but this elephant in the room that everyone is pretending isn’t there is one that would fundamentally change the way we as a country operate. Socialism has always been for the people, never the socialist, and here we see America’s most well-known socialist behaving like the bourgeoisie his supporters claim to hate which is typical of socialist leaders.
If that’s the same, then you can damn well bet that everything else about the socialist system they’re pushing on us will be the same as well. Rich leaders, poor citizens.
How do Sanders supporters answer for that?