"Let's Be Clear About Who Is Rigging What": Bernie Sanders Denounces Trump Effort to Divide Democrats
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Published on Friday, January 17, 2020 by Common Dreams
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2020 candidate says only reason for impeachment trial is president’s effort to “use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit.”
After President Donald Trump earlier in the day accused Democrats in Congress of “rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders,” the 2020 presidential candidate shot back Friday evening to say the president’s effort to divide Democrats would be unsuccessful.
“Let’s be clear about who is rigging what,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is Donald Trump’s action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. His transparent attempts to divide Democrats will not work, and we are going to unite to sweep him out of the White House in November.”
In a tweet, Trump said it was “very unfair” to make Sanders leave stop campaigning, “but that’s the way the Democrats play the game.” In any event, Trump, “It’s a lot of fun to watch.
Let’s be clear about who is rigging what: it is Donald Trump’s action to use the power of the federal government for his own political benefit that is the cause of the impeachment trial. Democrats are going to unite to sweep him out of the White House in November. https://t.co/FmtsHFsFhN
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 17, 2020
While it’s true that the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate will keep Sanders—as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—off the campaign trail in the crucial weeks ahead of the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3, Sanders told reporters in Washington, D.C. Thursday that while he would rather be talking to potential voters in key early states, “I swore a constitutional oath as a United States senator to do my job, and I’m here to do my job.”
Sanders said that even with the importance of the trial before the Senate, “we cannot forget the very serious problems facing the American people.”
“While we go forward with this impeachment trial,” he added, “I hope the American people understand that we have not forgotten that in this country, outside of Washington, D.C., today, there are millions of people who are struggling economically, millions of people who cannot afford their prescription drugs or their health care.”Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.
Bernie: "Not Me. Us"
January 18, 2020 at 3:50 AM #252420PTTPParticipant
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I respect Bernie and understand. The power is still in the hands of the neo-liberals. He has to play this game for now. I hate it, but understand.
PowerToThePeople! Bernie or Bust 2020!
January 18, 2020 at 4:17 AM #252435tk2kewlParticipant
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Bernie in the lead and calling for Democratic Party unity. Who’s looking most electable now? And who’s blowing Ukranian gas up your ass?
January 18, 2020 at 4:40 AM #252444FloridaProgParticipant
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Keeping Bernie off the campaign trail at this critical time in the nomination process will make it easier for the corporate Dems to manipulate the process away from him and towards someone they find to be more acceptable. I would prefer that Bernie not answer back any of Trump’s tweets and just let them stand, but don’t give them any significance. If asked, he could make some excuse like who knows what he’s tweeting about anymore, as though it’s not worth his time. But yes, there’s virtually a 100% chance that the opportunity to screw over Bernie while he’s stuck in the impeachment trial will be made. I don’t see any point in those of us who support him not making it known that we’re aware of their tricks.
January 18, 2020 at 5:10 AM #252449doh1304Participant
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Interesting. Bernie is bowing to the corruptocrat establishment. It diminishes him a little bit in even my eyes; hopefully not enough in anyone’s. It’s almost laughable that the corruptocrats have handed Trump an opportunity to attack with the truth rather than embarrass himself with blatant, incompetently concocted lies, but beware, given enough opportunity he might start liking it.
January 18, 2020 at 5:16 AM #252450Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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In Washington or on the campaign trail, Bernie is a force. He has a capable staff, an excellent ground game, plenty of money and well-known and well-liked supporters who will continue to work for him while he’s in DC.
Biden & Buttgig on the other hand, have their stale shit that no one’s buying. They can do 100 speeches and 100 meet-&-greets, and it’s not going to net them many more supporters. The best they can do is hope to smear Bernie off his perch. We saw how well that worked in the last couple of days. The James O’Keefe smear went nowhere. They got nothing because there’s nothing there.
January 18, 2020 at 5:19 AM #252451RufusTFireflyParticipant
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He recognizes that there’s no value in infighting and reminds us that Trump needs to be defeated.
He will defeat his primary rivals — not by squabbling — but by speaking the truth and staying on message.
January 18, 2020 at 5:25 AM #252453ronRonnie1Participant
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Trump is right. Sorry not sorry.
January 18, 2020 at 6:27 AM #252461algernonParticipant
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If Bernie Sanders is to unite Democrats, the time is now or never. He will never have another chance like this.
Unity comes with love with them, not hate against them.
Trump would never understand.
January 18, 2020 at 7:15 AM #252468bazukhovParticipant
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Bernie’s right. The infighting and spitballs thrown at each other by the candidates is childish and stupid. And it’s a helluva a good reason for Democrats to have a RCV national primary.
Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites
January 18, 2020 at 1:16 PM #252492Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are used to presidential candidates being accessible to them before their caucus and primary, sure, but I think its demeaning of them to think that they won’t understand sitting US Senators have a duty to attend an impeachment trial. In fact, Senators who skipped it would be rightly viewed as a careerists putting their own interests above that of the country’s.
This has never happened before. While Bernie may privately agree with Trump, as I do publicly, that Pelosi deliberately delayed the trial in order to hurt him in the early states, he would be a damned fool to actually admit it. You all know what the reaction would be; there’s no need to let that happen.
The Vichy Dems and the fake progressive, Elizabeth Warren, call for party unity while they do their best to divide it. Bernie is the one actually walking the unity walk, by uniting people around his policies that address their very real needs. Voters know the difference, even if the media doesn’t.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
January 18, 2020 at 1:20 PM #252495jerry611Participant
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Trump is not going to be removed by the Senate. No way, no how. It’s a waste of time.
This is stupid to sacrifice campaign time for this circus.
January 18, 2020 at 7:46 PM #252622peacecorpsParticipant
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The only hope for a trump and the GOP is a divided opposition. When Bernie wins the nomination, the right knows what they have to do – divide-to-conquer.
A third party candidate on the ‘left’ (“Bernie’s not pure left enough”, “Bernie’s too pure ‘socialist’”, etc.) will be quietly funded by the right.
They know they can’t win a pure Trump vs Bernie matchup.
The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.
"Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.
January 18, 2020 at 7:58 PM #252626incognitoParticipant
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I started to watch his Campaign Update video the other day and he started in on the Impeachment/Russia crap and I had to turn it off.
I disagree with his stance on Russia/Impeachment/Venezuela.
But I LOVE Bernie, the man.
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