In a Philadelphia town hall meeting, the night before Pennsylvania’s primaries, Hillary Clinton said the worst thing possible to all of Bernie Sanders’ supporters. The Young Turks dubbed this moment the Worst Line of the night. It truly was a slap in the face to every progressive out there finally starting to see hope in the political process.
The question was set up poorly but that was to the benefit of Hillary Clinton.
Rachel Maddow asked, “When Senator Sanders has been asked about how this all ends, he seems to be saying now that, even if you beat him in the primary, it’s not necessarily a given that he will implore all his supporters to go out and work for you. He says that he thinks they will support you if, basically, you adopt some of his platform on the issues that are most important to him. He’s specifically talked about Wall Street and some other things in his platform. Does that make sense to you? Is that something you’d be open to? Are there significant enough differences between you in what you’d like to do for example about Wall Street, that that’s a bridge too far?”[Emphasis mine]
You can see the problem right there. The corporate media, as liberal as Rachel Maddow may be, is really having trouble understanding that this isn’t a popularity contest. Bernie Sanders’ supporters aren’t there because they like Bernie as a person, as nice as he may be.
The issues are what has garnered this grass roots support, not the man. Bernie knows this.
Bernie wasn’t making a threat, he was simply acknowledging that he doesn’t control his supporters. He’s not encouraging them to fall in line with what he wants, he’s encouraging them to make their own voices heard.
Hillary is concerned about that grass roots support, however. Her answer comes across as a brag, if you ignore all of the voter disenfranchisement. There just always seems to be problems at the polls in states Hillary wins.
“Well, Rachel, let’s look where we are right now. I’ve got 10.4 million votes. I have 2.7 million more votes, real people showing up to cast their vote, to express their opinion than Senator Sanders. I have a bigger lead in pledged delegates than Senator Obama, when I ran against him in 2008, ever had over me. I am winning.”
After that she turned to outright lies.
“My Wall Street plan is much more specific than his. We saw that when he couldn’t even answer questions in the New York Daily News interview.”
As many analysts have said after that New York Daily News hit-piece, it was the reporters that didn’t understand the question, not Bernie Sanders. Bernie gave a simple, succinct answer that just didn’t happen to be what the interviewer was looking for.
For Hillary to repeat that lie this long after it has been invalidated is not accidental. Not only does she not plan on adopting any of the progressive policies that Bernie’s supporters want, she is continuing to pretend that it’s all too much to ask.
To Rachel Maddow’s credit, she did follow up on Hillary’s strange insinuation that she doesn’t need Sanders’ supporters:
“Am I right in hearing that, basically you’re saying there’s nothing you’re going to do differently than you’re already doing as a way to try to win over his supporters?”
Clinton just seemed disgusted that she was even asked. She started talking about the 2008 primaries against Obama and said she didn’t have any conditions for Obama before throwing her support behind him. Obama was also the most liberal candidate at the time, that changed after he entered office and made her Secretary of State. (No conditions?)
Regardless of what Hillary thinks she’s entitled to, Bernie’s supporters will not just throw their support behind Hillary. They are not supporting the man, they are supporting an idea.
And if anything, she has proven in her answer to be the antithesis to that idea.