Bernie Sanders is blaming his recent primary losses to Hillary Clinton, on the poor. Sanders spoke with Chuck Todd, on “Meet the Press” on Saturday, to discuss his campaign and his recent losses to Clinton. The Democratic presidential candidate addressed his losses stating “Well because poor people don’t vote. I mean that’s just a fact. That’s a sad reality of American society.” Sander’s added “If we can significantly increase voter turnout so that low-income people and working people and young people participated in the political process, if we got a voter turnout of 75 percent, this country would be radically transformed.”
Sanders did not do well in the South. The Vermont Senator seemed to put little effort into campaigning in the South to begin with. Sander’s had accused the South of being primarily “conservative”, a charge Senator Sanders seemed to use as an excuse for failing to actively woo the Southern states. Some Southern democrats did not take kindly to Sander’s statement. They seemed to view Sander’s assertion, that the South was in fact a lost cause, due to the state’s conservative leanings, as not only insulting but inaccurate. After all, the South has an extremely high black population, a population that overwhelmingly came out in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Sander’s later admitted southern defeat stating “No question about it, we got murdered there. That is the most conservative part of this great country, that’s the fact. But you know what, we’re out of the Deep South now.’’
Bernie Sanders has in some ways, become more Trump-like, not only in his desperate and endless attacks on Hillary Clinton, but in his constant whining as well. The Sander’s campaign is reportedly rethinking their strategy, as it pertains to continued Clinton attacks. However, on Saturday. actress and staunch Sander’s supporter Rosario Dawson, slipped in a Monica Lewinsky reference while speaking at a rally on behalf of Sanders. “We are literally under attack for not just supporting the other candidate. Now I’m with Monica Lewinsky with this: bullying is bad. She’s actually dedicated her life now to talking about that. And now as a campaign strategy, we are being bullied and somehow that is okay and not being talked about with the richness that it needs to be.”
As a candidate, Senator Sander’s has a large base of support, from outspoken celebrities to hoards of white educated millennials. But despite that widespread support, Sanders has demonstrated an increasing inability to accept defeat gracefully. He continues to make excuses for his losses, rather than simply except that not everyone is “Feeling the Bern.” Sander’s popularity with white educated millennials cannot be denied. However, blaming his failures on the poor and writing off the South, is no way to win votes. One might expect much more from a forward thinking socialist.