Following string of losses, Sanders 'assessing' his presidential campaign
After a poor show in the primaries on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders said that he would assess his presidential campaign. Speaking to CNN, the senator said that they are “assessing the state of our campaign, there's not going to be an election for another three weeks," adding "We are talking to our supporters. Anybody who suggests that at this point we are ending the campaign is not telling the truth."
Similar comments were made by Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir on Wednesday. In a statement, Shakir said that Sanders would talk with the supporters “to assess his campaign."
Joe Biden won in Florida with 62% of the vote and about 130 delegates, while Sanders got only 23% vote and some 48 delegates. In Illinois, Biden won with a margin of over 20% and at least double the number of delegates. In Arizona also, Biden won with a big margin.
Sanders spoke to the supporters early Tuesday night. But, he said nothing about the elections, rather focused on the importance of helping working families struggling due to the coronavirus outbreak.
President Donald Trump in a on Wednesday morning, predicted that Sanders will drop out "soon."
According to CNN, an aide for the Sanders campaign confirmed deactivating all digital ads. Also, they have not booked any TV ads past last week, the aide said. As per aide they did so to save the resources. Moreover, there have not been any new fundraising appeals from the campaign as well.
Apart from Biden and Sanders, the only other Democratic candidate in the race is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Bernie's looming exit has evolved, symbolic of our times
As headlines and minds have reshuffled their priorities drastically following the growing coronavirus pandemic, the presidential race has taken a temporary backseat. But the duality between Sanders' loss that's glaring in the numbers and the mounting repercussions of a country in shut-down mode is too stark to ignore.
As a 20-something myself interacting with many other 20-somethings, the devastation of the sudden shutdown is all too visible. America works when all other variables work. America stops working when we have not a single safety net for anyone to fall in during times like these. I spent all of yesterday helping my friends over FaceTime as they were trying to file for unemployment. The state website continually crashed, and their phone lines kept some on a 2 hour hold. Polite e-mails were sent to landlords, pleas made with parents. We all knew our independence was one part real and one part contingent on all else not failing. It's no secret rainy day funds are aspirational, but hardly required or sustained by most.
I paint this picture because Bernie Sanders, though he has not outright said these words, stands as a symbol for the phrase: "I told you so." He fights for American people's interests, basic human rights, basic Western reforms that stand central in European life. But the numbers aren't there in the primaries. The writing is on the wall. It's game over for one--but secondly, and perhaps most importantly, it's time for Bernie to put his money where his mouth is. By making a graceful exit, the DNC can focus on their nominee and Sanders can focus on making himself useful in the Senate, emulating leadership and hope in a time of need; a time when a beacon of hope needn't be the nominee, it can be Bernie if he so chooses to angle himself in this way. On a human level I can understand his disappointment, and perhaps resentment in exiting the race. But when there's no path to victory, the reality must be considered, embraced, and leveraged for the common good.
Bernie’s dropping out is a blessing for America. The end of candidacy means that the possibility of half the country rallying around a marxist is now gone, for now. And a marxist he is. I have to disagree with my colleague when she states, “he fights for American people’s interests, basic human rights, basic Western reforms that stand central in European life.” While I believe Bernie Sanders is sincere, I think his beliefs stand in opposition to American values and human rights.
He’s a marxist, and advocates for razing our capitalistic and free society to the ground in favor of a state controlled economy. The man’s solution to every problem is to tax the rich, have the government take care of every need, and redistribute wealth to abolish “inequality.” Advocates say that there are many industries he would leave alone, but that simply isn’t true when you look at the checklist of regulations and laws he would implement on businesses and which would essentially put capitalism in a box. If you advocate for the government to act as a babysitter over the economy and the free market, you no longer advocate for American principles. It is not the government’s job to enforce equality, it’s job is to protect civil liberties. People don’t have a right to take wealth from those who are more successful, and they don’t have a right to be guaranteed wealth by the state. Marxism is inherently un-American, and I would be thrilled to see those ideas die within our borders.
I’m so glad Bernie is out. I hope it means the end of the Marxist, socialist wave in America. Although, I don’t think it will. I believe there is still a war to be waged as the young people he inspires continue to cling to his ideology. That is why it is so important to heal the national dialogue and return to a free and honest exchange of ideas. Once that happens, I sincerely believe that very few will see socialism as appealing ever again.
Bernie has been defeated, but the damage has been done
When Bernie Sanders says that his campaign has “won the ideological debate,” but is losing the “debate over electability,” he is telling the truth. Bernie Sanders started a revolution in 2016 when he ran for president against Hillary Clinton. And that revolution will not be stopped now that Sanders is “assessing” his campaign and has a near-zero percent chance of winning the Democratic nomination for president.
According to Merriam-Webster, socialism is defined as “a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.” Bernie Sanders took this idea and made it mainstream in the Democratic Party.
Sanders brought socialism into the mainstream with his “Medicare for All” plan. Medicare-for-All places the responsibility to produce and distribute healthcare into the hands of a strong central government. This plan is now regarded as the foundation of the platforms of many Democrats today.
Without Bernie Sanders, we also wouldn’t have young politicians such as AOC and the Squad, who rode the wave of Bernie’s revolution right into Congress during the election of 2018. Millennials and Gen Z’ers have taken to the Bernie platform and formed their political ideology around his “democratic socialism.” In fact, Bernie won more of the young people vote than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton combined in the 2016 primaries. Young people are why his political revolution will live on even after he is gone.
But the revolution will continue not just because of the young people. Yes, that is a major part. But it will continue because his socialistic policies are built on a religion of envy, a natural human trait. “I don’t think that billionaires should exist,” Bernie said at an earlier presidential debate. Why? The billionaires have worked for that money. The reason so many people agree with the notion that billionaires shouldn’t exist is that they aren’t one.
After Joe Biden’s electoral sweep on Tuesday, the Sanders campaign has lost all chance of capturing the nomination. Sanders will eventually go away but the damage caused by the revolution has been done.
Thanks for your thoughtful response, Antonio. But to characterize Sanders' platform as (1) socialistic (2) built on a religion of envy, and (3) as having caused damage begs for a rebuttal. You did state the definition of socialism, and I will requote your quote: “a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.”
By this definition, Bernie Sanders is not a socialist. His plans nor rhetoric indicated that he wants to nationalize our major industries and replace markets with central planning. Where you are correct in thinking Bernie is a socialist, is that he has branded himself as one. A gift wrapped nicely with a red bow around it for the Trump campaign, love or hate him.
Though his platform does include left-wing policies that are radical in the American sense, many of them are not so radical elsewhere. I have relatives in the Netherlands who are going through a nationwide shutdown as we are right now. I actually grew up there. While I spent the day yesterday making phone calls to plead with my property manager, insurance provider, and utility provider, they aren't so worried. They get paid leave, are home with a secure roof over their heads, and need not worry about bills should they fall ill of the coronavirus. We do have to worry about these things. The homeless folk in my city have been perched together in a nearby park, and police is letting it be for now because they too, see the human side of things.
When cash flow stops, and government responses are tardy, the cracks in our system are on wide display. Airline companies wanting a bailout are an example of the rainy day reliance of major corporations on the government, while receiving tax breaks and not being held accountable for how money is spent. Where is their own emergency fund? As evident, some national systems are in need of governmental protection, why not make it the status quo? What makes Bernie so aggravating, when his promises are in your best interests?