A New Harvard Study Just Shattered the Biggest Myth About Bernie Supporters
During the 2016 Democratic presidential primary contest, the “Bernie Bro” trope became a tried-and-true myth propagated by officials at the highest levels of the national Democratic Party apparatus. The pejorative — first deployed in late 2015 — was used to depict Sanders’ most ardent supporters as limited to young white men between the ages of 25 and 35 who were vociferous in both their support of the Vermont senator and their opposition to the eventual Democratic nominee and failed general election candidate Hillary Clinton.
Despite former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s loss to alleged sexual assailant and former game show host Donald Trump in November, top Democratic thought leaders continue to peddle the “Bernie Bro” myth to major media outlets. Markos Moulitsas — publisher of liberal blogging site Daily Kos — insisted to the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim last week that Bernie Sanders supporters were overwhelmingly white and male:
“We remained steadfastly focused on the bigger picture, the Democratic Party picture. Again, less sexy, less excitement, but Clinton wasn’t Joe Lieberman and she was running on the most liberal platform in party history. We saw little reason to further divide our party,” Moulitsas said, when asked about why his site didn’t endorse Sanders despite 60 percent of its users supporting Sanders over Clinton. “Not to mention, given the decidedly white complexion of the Sanders coalition, it made little sense to hitch our wagon to a person who had such difficulties attracting the party’s key growth demographics — Latinos, African-Americans and women. In other words, we were focused on the future.”
Despite all the new data, it remains unclear whether or not leading Democrats will cease use of the “Bernie Bro” myth to justify their hatred of his policies and unflinching opposition to the establishment.mikedub285, Admiral Loinpresser, PDiddie and 34 otherspacalo, ElfinWilde, snot, so far from heaven, Land of Enchantment, Deadpool, TIME TO PANIC, Peace Patriot, Phlem, Enthusiast, h-32, jwirr, dreamnightwind, Wood, Pacco Fransisco, CalGoldenBear, leftcoastmountains, MistaP, Pastiche, Haikugal, NothingcleverjustRay, Utopian Leftist, broiles, twenty, NV Wino, kath, daleanime, DamnYankeeInHouston, Bearian, A little weird, xynthee, PADemD, Babel 17, djean111 like thisYou've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right? I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
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