If you have the strange feeling that you’ve seen this election season before, it’s because you have — 4 years ago. The only thing that’s changed is the name of the front-running Democratic candidate and the controversy.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton was both the frontrunner and the true center of the controversy, one that Democrats weren’t allowed to talk about. That controversy included:
Yet despite the mounting scandals, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who was her Number-1 opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, continued to praise Clinton.
For the most part, mainstream press also ignored the chinks in Clinton’s armor. Then-candidate Donald Trump didn’t hold back, however, and often referred to her as “Crooked Hillary.” Mentioning her at rallies prompted loud chants of “Lock her up.”
Trump even addressed it at a presidential debate. When Clinton quipped that it was a good thing that Trump wasn’t “in charge of the law in our country,” he shot back, “because you’d be in jail,” eliciting raucous cheers from the audience.
2020 is turning out to be the same ol’ song, just sung in a different key.
The Guardian, a left-leaning British daily, published an editorial Monday headlined, “‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem — it makes him a weak candidate.”
The piece listed three examples of Biden alleged corruption:
- Despite the “Middle Class Joe” moniker, Biden repeatedly voted in favor of Deleware’s financial services industry and against his middle-class constituents during his 36-year tenure in the U.S. Senate.
- Biden refused to sign a pledge to reject money from insurance and pharmaceutical executives who are, in large part, bankrolling his campaign.
- Shortly after pledging at a CNN climate change town hall that he would refuse campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry, he held a fundraiser hosted by a fossil fuel conglomerate co-founder.
Not mentioned was Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was allegedly fired for investigating corrupt practices committed by a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Shokin’s dismissal was apparently at the behest of then-Vice President Biden, who later bragged that he told Ukraine officials that "if the prosecutor is not fired you’re not getting the money. Well son of a b****, he got fired."
It turned out that Monday’s Guardian op-ed was penned by law professor Zephyr Teachout, a Sanders surrogate and the author of “Corruption in America.” But just like 2016, when it came to dismissing allegations of Clinton corruption, Sanders refused to use the information to his advantage. In fact, he wasn’t at all pleased with the editorial.
"It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way,” he told CBS News. “And I'm sorry that that op-ed appeared."
Even more odd, while Sanders was apologizing to Biden, Hillary Clinton, the very person Sanders praised in 2016, savagely attacked him in a new documentary, according to a Hollywood Reporter article published Tuesday.
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him,” Clinton said. “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It's all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it."
As Washington Post politics reporter Dave Weigel observed, “The one-two punch of Sanders calling off his surrogates on Biden and Hillary punching through the wall to say he should lose is really something.”
It didn’t work for Sanders in 2016; it’s unlikely to benefit him in 2020.
Although Sanders and Trump have widely divergent views on government and the economy, they nonetheless have one thing in common: They’re both populist politicians — they play to the masses.
If Sanders were to emulate Trump’s combativeness and take Biden on, he might have a chance at the Democratic nomination.
Instead, come July, Democratic delegates will meet in Milwaukee and nominate Biden as their standard-bearer — just as they did Clinton in 2016.
And just like Clinton, when all the votes are counted in November, Biden will come up the loser. But he’ll be an even bigger loser than Clinton. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is 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 Now.
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