In an extremely unexpected turn Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is speaking out against the Twitter ban of President Donald J. Trump. In a suprisingly earnest interview the aging socialist told New York Times columnist Ezra Klein that he didn’t “feel comfortable” with the ban of a then-sitting US President.
In The Words Of Bernie
He told Klein,
“Look, you have a former president in Trump, who was a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad-news guy.
But if you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that.
Now, I don’t know what the answer is. Do you want hate speech and conspiracy theories traveling all over this country? No. Do you want the internet to be used for authoritarian purposes and an insurrection, if you like? No, you don’t. So how do you balance that? I don’t know, but it is an issue that we have got to be thinking about.
Because yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view.
I don’t like giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people. But the devil is obviously in the details, and it’s something we’re going to have to think long and hard on.”
In spite of Sanders’ warped characterization of the President as “a racist, sexist, xenophobe, pathological liar, an authoritarian … a bad news guy.” and highly repugnant belief that “hate speech” is something that actually exists, and citing the farce of an “insurrection” (no doubt a reference to Jan. 6th) this represents an unusually principled stance.
I've interviewed @SenSanders many times over the years. But this conversation is, by far, the most optimistic I've heard him. He changed politics, and now he wants to see how far he can push.
You should listen to the whole thing, but a few excerpts:https://t.co/9zDHB2h7zu
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 23, 2021
A Somewhat Respected Foe, Revealed To Be A Coward
Many conservatives have at least grudgingly respected Sen. Sanders once for the fact that while he is an avowed socialist… At least he was very up-front about it. And one has to at least somewhat respect an ideological opponent who had the proverbial ‘stones’ to proudly embrace socialism in the middle of the Cold War.
It seemed though that this, even very begrudging respect ended when Sanders “kissed the ring” and yielded the Democratic nomination to the same fmr. Sec. State Hillary Clinton who kneecapped his campaign in 2008 again in 2016 and urged his supporters to do likewise. It was viewed then (and still now) as an act of political cowardice.
Bernie Reveals Democrats’ Deepest Fear
However, the occasionally respectable opinion aside, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room. The way Sanders speaks of President Trump even tangentially proves that the President is living rent-free in Bernie’s mind. If that’s the case with perennial candidates on the outskirts of the DNC like Sanders, then we can easily infer that Donald J. Trump is public enemy number one behind the closed doors of the Democrat party. While the mainstream media is dismissive and even disdainful of another Presidential run for “the Donald”, Bernie sees what’s coming and he’s afraid of it. In an interview, between the Ezra Klein and Sanders, Trump’s name is mentioned 39 times in just under 31 minutes. That’s stunning. And Bernie let slip the root of the Democrats fears right here:
“You have a president of the United States saying a month before the election that the only way he could lose that election is if it was stolen from him. After he lost the election, he says, obviously, it was stolen. And you have now a very significant majority of Republicans who believe that the election was stolen.
That is where many Republicans are. You got a lot of Republican senators, members of the House, who are refusing even today to say that Joe Biden won a fair and square election. So you’ve got a whole lot of problems.”
When a “significant majority” of a major party in a two party system doesn’t believe in the results of an election, there’s a word for that: Illegitimate. That’s what they’re afraid of, it’s the closet door they can’t bring themselves to open. They know that their power is fragile, because they lack legitimacy. They know it, and they know that we know it. They’re desperate to convice us… and themselves of the lie. And they must be quite worried at the development of new social media platforms as well. It was far easier to deal with Trump on a platform they could control.
Thanks for the insight Bernie, and for being a broken watch (right twice a day).