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  • eridani (6814 posts)

    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.

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  • Captain Arizona (206 posts)

    1. moulitsis should have focused on mi. pa. wi.

    the democratic party future winning elections with out bernie sanders supporters good luck. all the clintonistas did was discredit the democratic establishment and minority support has doubled for trump with lowest black unemployment. what do these establishment democrats say don’t take these jobs that trump is offering wait till we get in to give you job training for jobs that don’t exist. civil rights groups yelling its racism that you don’t have job are yelled back at but I got a job now I don’t need you. big shot black leaders  and their organizations are having nervous break downs on cable tv as black america finally gets jobs. all this thanks to clintonistas race hustling. bernie 2020 maybe to late to stop the carnage in the democratic party.

  • daleanime (3667 posts)

    2. And you expect that politicians, and their owners…..

    will acknowledge any truth that they find unfavorable?

    When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
  • NothingcleverjustRay (528 posts)

    3. This is an awesomesauce.

    I hope it will help progressives in 2020. I doubt it will though. Looks like Warren is being fed talking points to bolster her optics.

    “The difference between Bernie and I is that I believe in markets.”

    What the fuck? Painting Bernie as a communist?

    Time to worry.

  • MistaP (11126 posts)

    4. and didn't the Clinton campaign squall that Black urban voters in the Midwest

    had “failed her”? every 24 months we have to submit to their shrieks of pre-blaming all and sundry for the upcoming loss and then the howls that the voters needed to know their betters afterwards: they’ve turned a personality disorder into a political strategy

    the Clinton campaign created Trump with the Pied Piper strategy (Third Way = Bell Curve)
  • CalGoldenBear (2459 posts)

    5. Markos "Kos" Moulitsas apparently wants to emulate David Brock and get

    on the neoliberal, corporatist DNC/Third Way/New Dem gravy train of the Clinton/Obama wing of the Dem Party.

    So he’s comfortable wrapping himself in the “gauzy shroud” of “liberalism” that those “Dems” have been avoiding like the plague since McGovern ’72.

  • Pacco Fransisco (4987 posts)

    6. To quote a famous JRP member …recommended to the max!

    I am L0oniX  Fuck David and his pin head DLC 3rd way herd of goats
  • Wood (2405 posts)

    7. Aren't you still with her?

    "All things wrong will move on if you let them."  - Prem Rawat
  • TIME TO PANIC (988 posts)

    8. I'm tempted to post this at SV just to see the replies.

    "We Tortured Some Folks" - Barack Obama
    • Coldmountaintrail (9789 posts)

      9. do it, i'd like to see them too.

    • nxylas (410 posts)

      13. I predict the words "Russian talking point" will figure prominently

      "Slavery followed, even voluntary slavery; the weak eagerly submitted to the strong, on condition that the latter aided them to subdue the still weaker. Then there were saints who came to these people, weeping, and talked to them of their pride, of their loss of harmony and due proportion, of their loss of shame. They were laughed at or pelted with stones." - Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
  • so far from heaven (22273 posts)
    Village Idiot

    10. but…. but…… but I like being a Bernie Bro.


     "When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun.'" -Groucho Marx.
  • snot (1517 posts)

    11. I like this; but it's from April 2017 –

    not exactly a “new study.”

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  • doh1304 (1155 posts)

    12. One little point

    another statistic says that african americans are forming small businesses at a record pace. When you form a small business you are not counted as unemployed, regardless of if the businesss fails in a month or three or even fails to get off the ground. So anyway, the black employment figure could be a fraud.

  • PDiddie (37 posts)

    14. Unfortunate about Resistance Report

    This piece is dated 4/19/17, and they haven’t updated the site since 9/6/17.

    kos certainly hasn’t evolved since then.



    And from MTP just a couple of weeks ago (emphasis mine):


    I actually think that Elizabeth Warren takes a great number of Bernie supporters, she probably does the best job of bridging the gap between the establishment and the resistance. She’s my favorite, but I also love Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand. We will have a wealth of candidates. Bernie Sanders will have a role in that conversation, I think he wants to have a role in that conversation, but I think his moment has passed and there is a future generation of Democrats who will be front and center… and I’m going to be in trouble for that one.

    • Robbins (635 posts)

      16. except your wrong

      warren is fake progressive and both harris and gillibrand are neoliberals.

      better get used to trump as he will be in office till january 20 2025 inless a smoking gun causes his impeachment.

      there is no progressive movement in dem party.dems is center rpght propwar procorporate party.excatly one neoliberal establishment dem has lost primary in 2018.it’s hopeless to primary or change dems.

  • Enthusiast (16192 posts)

    15. I cannot stand this Moulitsis fucker.

    "I got a great big pointed fang Which is my Zomby Toof My right foot's bigger than my other one is Like a reg'lar Zomby Hoof If I raid your dormitorium Don't try to remain aloof . . ." The Zombie Woof