As former Vice President Joe Biden centers the final weeks of his campaign around his talent for consolidating the country, he has verbally distanced himself from the notion, amplified by President Donald Trump and his GOP boosters, that he is not a tool of the progressive left. and, certainly, nothing closer to a “socialist”.
In doing so, some progressives believe he let Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dry out.
The latest case came on Monday night, where he bragged about being “the guy who ran against the Socialists,” when asked by a voter at a Miami town hall about attacks by Republicans believed to raise fears concerning communism and socialism in Cuba and Venezuela. communities. “There isn’t a syllable I have ever said that could make you believe I was a socialist or a communist,” Biden said.
The comment was just one of many recent remarks that Sanders’ allies viewed as a negative tone towards progressives before November 3. And there are many at Sandersworld who have long resisted the urge to criticize Biden until after the election.
“It’s stupid and arrogant,” a former senior Sanders assistant sent in a text message to the Daily Beast late Monday night. “And more importantly, absolutely unnecessary.”
“It’s not as if Republicans stop calling Biden a socialist,” the source close to Sanders continued. “It’s a talking point that they were planning to use no matter what the Democrat won in the primary. Moreover, none of his other opponents in the primary works as hard as “the socialist” to get him elected!
While Biden continues to reject any claim that he is too closely aligned with the party’s most open progressive faction, Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, spent the latter part of the general election campaigning and fundraising in his last name.
On Saturday, he switched to an in-person format, where he hosted an open-air rally in Lebanon, New Hampshire, for his former Senate colleague. Sanders has won Granite State in the last two Democratic presidential primaries, and it’s one of many battlegrounds the Biden campaign is working to keep in the blue in November. During the event, the Vermont senator encouraged his supporters to vote for Biden.
“Which candidate has the temperament to see us go through this difficult crisis?” Sanders asked a socially distanced crowd. “Joe Biden!” attendees responded, according to a report from the pool. “We need Joe Biden as president,” Sanders added.
Earlier Monday, Sanders traveled to Michigan, an important swing state he also won against Hillary Clinton before switching to Trump, where he told young supporters who might be skeptical of Biden to vote for him anyway, according to a separate report.
After Trump won the election, Sanders criticized some Clinton fans who argued he didn’t go far enough to kiss her after extending the nominating competition longer than they wanted, a claim Sanders generally dismissed by pointing out his busy travel schedule on behalf of Clinton. This time around, Sanders’ allies are particularly sensitive to any insinuation that he might stay on the sidelines, acknowledging a shared belief among progressives and moderates that Trump is “dangerous.”
Jane O’Meara Sanders, the senator’s wife and one of his closest advisers, was immediately angered that her husband might not be doing enough to back Biden’s offer. She seemed to misinterpret a Tweeter (of this reporter) observing the seemingly eerie nature of Biden’s penchant for pointing out that he has defeated a “socialist” while campaigning on a message to bring the nation together.
“Really? Do you find it strange that a man who has spent his life fighting for justice, for decency, for the people of our country, does everything possible to defeat this dangerous president, is it strange? I think that it is leadership, integrity, empathy. It is the quintessence of #NotMeUs ”, she tweeted, before clarify.
“Consider the general response to those who criticize Bernie’s efforts to defeat Trump by electing Biden,” she said. wrote.
Sanders has said on several occasions that he will back whoever locks the nomination. This became evident when he offered his support to Biden in April and pledged to work with him on a variety of problem-focused task forces. But despite what some of his top advisers and supporters see as a total effort to get the former vice president elected, some progressives see his victory over a “socialist” as strategic, while others say it is misguided. .
“The success of the Blue Wave in mid-term 2018 was due to three things: the Democratic base of black voters, the monumental shift of suburban women turning to Democrats, and a groundswell of progressive Democratic activism,” said Cooper Teboe, a Democratic strategist who advises Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Sanders’ former campaign co-chair.
“The Biden campaign has been remarkably disciplined in staying on message. They’re betting they’re keeping the core black voters who led us to victory in 2008, 2012, and 2018, and that progressive dislike for Trump outweighs frustration with Biden, and the anti-socialism message pushes women forward. suburbs to get ahead.
The Biden campaign did not comment on the toll on Tuesday morning.
Faced with attacks from Trump during the presidential debate in Ohio, Biden went out of his way to declare that he did not support universal healthcare, Sanders’ signing proposal and the goal of his political platform. in 2016 and 2020.
“Joe, you agree with Bernie Sanders, who’s the far left, on the manifesto, we call him. And that gives you socialized medicine, ”Trump said, mocking Sanders on stage. “Listen, hey,” Biden began to reply, before Trump cut off. “Are you saying you don’t agree?” Trump said. “I’m not going to listen to it. The point is, I beat Bernie Sanders, ”Biden said.
Trump went on to escalate the conversation on the sidelines that Biden won in the Democratic primary.
“Not by much,” the president said, to which Biden replied, “I beat him a lot,” and ended with, “I’m here facing you, old man.
Sanders, for his part, was asked if he felt “disrespected” by Biden’s remarks, which Trump later ridiculed, in a post-debate appearance on ABC’s The View. “Trump lied when he said that Biden supports my point of view,” Sanders said. “I think I’m right. I happen to believe that the United States should join with every other great country in the world and guarantee health care for all as a human right through a single payer Medicare for All program. I absolutely believe it is.
“You know what, what Joe Biden said was right: he didn’t agree with me. I would have liked him to do it, but he doesn’t, ”he said.
Some progressives have dismissed Biden’s sweeping comments as the standard fare of a candidate who has openly courted and spoke positively about legislating alongside Republicans in the past.
“I don’t care what Joe Biden said before the election because we are busy trying to save democracy. Plus, I know how conservative he is, so it’s no surprise to me, ”Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, told The Daily Beast.
But Uygur expressed an irritation that largely resonated with the louder Liberal Democrats backing Sanders. “Progressives are tired of how much establishment Democrats hate us,” he said. “They hate us more than they love Republicans–and we are their base. It is becoming untenable.
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