Was president Trump’s assertion that Bernie Sanders’ time had passed in 2016 on the money? By riffing off the MLK legacy as conventionally understood, Sanders is revealing himself to be woefully out of sync with the POC ascendancy:
“We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I mean, I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society, which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”
Sanders is not merely incorrect, he is morally wrong. Some might say his divisive rhetoric borders on hate speech:
At a time where folks feel under attack because of who they are, saying race or gender or sexual orientation or identity doesn’t matter is not off, it’s simply wrong.
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) February 19, 2019
Will a sizable number of “Bernie Bros” defect again in 2020? While Trump appears to have turned some formerly toss-up/lean-D states like Iowa reliably red, his poll numbers in the upper Midwestern states where he flipped a lot of counties in 2016 that Obama won in 2008 and 2012 are currently trending against Trump.
But the Democrat candidates these ‘swing’ voters are most favorably inclined towards–Sanders and Joe Biden–are defenseless against the charge of being straight white men in The Current Year. If they talk about the systematic oppression of POCs and women, they cede the moral high ground to the POCs and women they are running against. If they do what Sanders did here, well, they get the treatment that Sanders got here. Heads I win, tails you lose.
The primaries are going to be very interesting.