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Bernie Deals the Race Card Revealing a Larger Problem

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Late last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke in support of Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous at a campaign rally in Bethesda, Maryland. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Michael Dorstewitz By Friday, 09 November 2018 11:16 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., didn’t hesitate to attribute racism to Tuesday’s poorer-than-expected showing for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in Florida.

"I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American," Sanders told The Daily Beast.

Then Sanders addressed what was the real reason Florida voters tended to shy away from Gillum — an openly far-left, socialist platform that was anti-Israel and pro-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), that included Medicare for all and massive tax hikes to pay for it.

"I think he’s a fantastic politician in the best sense of the word. He stuck to his guns in terms of a progressive agenda. I think he ran a great campaign," Sanders said of Gillum before once again bringing racism into the conversation.

"And he had to take on some of the most blatant and ugly racism that we have seen in many, many years. And yet he came within a whisker of winning."

Gillum set the tone for the race early when Ron DeSantis, his Republican opponent, commented that the Democrat’s far-left afenda would "monkey up" Florida’s humming economy.

Gillum immediately called the phrase racist without actually using the word, saying the "monkey up" remark went from "whistle" to "bullhorn." That became his go-to theme throughout his campaign.

He again referred to the remark during a CNN debate.

"The congressman let us know exactly where he was going to take this race the day after he won the nomination," he told moderator Jake Tapper. "The 'monkey up' comment said it all. And he has only continued over the course of his campaign to draw attention to the color of my skin."

At another point in the campaign, Gillum said, "Now, I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist. I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist."

The election was close enough to require a mandatory recount. Assuming Republicans prevail, it will give Florida its first Latina lieutenant governor — Jeanette Núñez — DeSantis’ choice of running mate. So much for racism.

If Gillum loses, it can be attributed to his extremist agenda — not a racist electorate.

Florida’s "racist" electorate cast their ballots for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, giving him all 29 of the Sunshine State’s electoral votes.

A Florida district also sent retired Army Lt. Col. and African-American Allen West — a conservative — to Congress.

Party and ideology trumps everything with the left. Ebony magazine ran a spread on Oct. 11 heralding black female political candidates.

It's a great article.

"This midterm election is one to watch with all 435 seats in the U.S. House up for grabs. Meet the 18 black women vying for a congressional seat," Ebony wrote.

The problem was there were 24 black women running for Congress this year. The other six were Republicans.

On Oct. 26, The Daily Caller pointed out this omission and listed the other six, including Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, who was seeking reelection.

Four days later Ebony ran a second piece, headlined, "Meet the 6 Black Republican Women Running for Congress" and changed the first to identify them as Democrats.

Similarly, The New Yorker ran a piece headlined "The Women Running in the Midterms During the Trump Era."

Just like Ebony, Republican women were hard to find.

The aforementioned Núñez wasn’t given the time of day, despite the fact that she may soon shatter a Florida glass ceiling. Other women who held midterm campaigns and became female firsts Tuesday night were also no-shows, including:

  • Kim Reynolds, elected as Iowa’s first female governor;
  • Kristi Noem, elected as South Dakota’s first female governor;
  • Young Kim, who will be America’s first female Korean-American congresswoman;
  • Marsha Blackburn, who will become Tennessee’s first female U.S. senator.

Although progressives cling to their extreme ideology, rather than debate the issues in an open forum, they revert to name-calling, just as Gillum did throughout his campaign.

Accordingly, political discourse has devolved into bumper stickers, campaign slogans, sound bites, and talking points, and the response to any opposing view goes something like this:

  • If you’re Caucasian, you’re racist;

  • If you’re male, you’re misogynist;

  • If you’re conservative you’re fascist;

  • If you’re pro-border security, you’re xenophobic;

  • If you’re heterosexual, you’re homophobic;

  • If you’re pro-life, you’re sexist;

  • If you’re Judeo-Christian, you’re Islamophobic;

  • If you’re pro-Second Amendment, you’re a murderer-in-waiting.

Politics has turned ugly. Conservatives are chased out of restaurants, book stores, and theaters. Democratic lawmakers tell their constituents to continue the harassment, and a former attorney general told supporters "when they go low, kick them."

Hillary Clinton said civility will only return when some power is returned to the Democratic Party.

On Tuesday Nov. 6, the Democrats regained U.S. House control and flipped six GOP governor seats.

The result?

Antifa activists spray-painted a conservative TV commentator’s car and tried breaking through his front door in the middle of the night — and Sanders called Floridians racist.

Clinton was wrong. Giving them power didn’t work.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.


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Politics has turned ugly. Conservatives are chased out of restaurants, book stores, and theaters. Democratic lawmakers tell their constituents to continue the harassment, and a former attorney general told supporters "when they go low, kick them."
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Friday, 09 November 2018 11:16 AM
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