Establishment Democrats Order Sanders to Fall in Line, Play Nice
Rift between reform oriented progressives and establishment widens
On February 14, an anonymous senator criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders in an interview with The Hill for calling out the 13 Democratic senators who did not support his amendment to export cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and abroad. Additionally, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer scheduled a meeting with Sanders and the senators to chastise Sanders. The Hill reported, “Democratic sources say Schumer convened the meeting not only to salve rankled feelings but also to send a message to the Vermont senator: Play nice with others.” In other words, don’t challenge the Democratic establishment, no matter how corrupt or inept they are. The article and establishment Democrats fail to mention the backlash that Democrats received in response to not supporting that amendment, even before Sanders’ statement.
The Democratic establishment is noticeably anxious in the first few weeks of the Trump administration. Democrats who voted in favor of Trump’s nominees have received immense backlash, and on January 31, thousands of protesters gathered outside Schumer’s apartment to take a stand against the Democratic Party’s weak resistance to Trump.
On January 31, Rep. Adam Schiff warned that Trump was radicalizing the Democratic Party. “The radical nature of this government is radicalizing Democrats, and that’s going to pose a real challenge to the Democratic Party, which is to draw on the energy and the activism and the passion that is out there, but not let it turn us into what we despised about the Tea Party,” Schiff said.
Sanders fired back asserting that the outrage and mobilization on the left in response to Trump and the corrupt Democratic establishment is not comparable to the Tea Party. “It’s not a tea party because the Tea Party was essentially funded by the billionaire Koch brothers family,” Sanders told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on February 12. “This is a spontaneous and grass-roots uprising of the American people.”
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