It was James Comey. No wait, it was WikiLeaks. Forget all that—it was those damn Bernie bros!
This is the talk coming out of Clintonia, which in the wake of Hillary Clinton‘s debacle of an election, now resembles that dreary scene from the Lion King when Scar takes over the kingdom.
And establishment Democrats, who insisted on running the weakest Democratic candidate in history—with record unfavorable ratings along with a pending corruption investigation—are now speeding onto TV news airwaves to minimize Clinton’s defeat.
“The message to both parties right now should be we need to find ways to work together to speak to the American public,” New Jersey Senator Cory Booker told Chuck Todd on Sunday.
Get that substance-less, talking point drivel out of here!
After all, Democrats like Booker are the reason Donald Trump was elected. According to CrowdPac’s data of campaign contributions dating back to 1980, Booker tops all Democrats in Wall Street donations, with 12.4% of his checks coming from the money men and women.
This brand of neoliberalism, which began in the 1980s and accelerated under President Clinton in the 90s, tosses around tag lines like “party of the working class” while having fundraisers with the special interests stomping on said working class.
But, there was Booker on Sunday, talking the same ol’ same ol, pretending Trump’s victory was some electoral abnormality, standing in denial at what the real problem is: Americans are done with bought-off politicians like Cory Booker.
Sure, Trump himself conned millions of voters into thinking he isn’t just another bought-off stiff, which he’s already proven he is by having lobbyists handpick his White House team.
This kind of political stubbornness and unwillingness to move away from corporate servitude only scratches the surface.
When you add in the establishment media, pro-corporate Democrat lovers like George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Jonathan Capehart, Joan Walsh, Joy Reid, the “we’re not changing a damn thing!” kicking and screaming is palpable.
Well, we did it your way, which consisted of barely covering the historic rise of Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of wall-to-wall Trump (and his empty podiums), and we ended up with President Trump.
Those hell-bent on doing everything possible to stop a danger like Trump from reaching the White House followed your lead, listening as you extolled the virtues of Clinton’s experience, credentials, and campaign juggernaut while ignoring hard data that clearly showed Sanders was the stronger candidate to defeat Trump in a general election.
As a result, we’re looking at a cabinet consisting of Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, and, who knows…maybe the guy from Duck Dynasty.
We watched as these political and media brainiacs looked the other way while Clinton spent all of August rubbing elbows with celebrities and Wall Street bankers in the Hamptons. Don’t worry, we were told…Trump’s unelectable.
Many capital P progressives even swallowed their disgust and supported Clinton, even while she delivered speech after speech saying nothing but “Trump’s a monster, vote for me.”
Wall Street, big oil, and big pharma might still have a stranglehold over corporate Dems; after years of serving at their pleasure, these folks have forgotten what truly representing people looks like.
But, for the large percentage of Americans with a passionate interest in keeping Donald Trump to a one-term president, we must tune these people out.
They’ve been kneeling at the altar of big money while middle America quietly revolted against them.
If we follow their lead—making symbolic changes around the edges while making no real break from special interests—we’re risking serious damage in the form of eight years of Trump.
So, whether you voted for Clinton or Sanders—the time for righteous-indignation has passed. We must all look at the obvious: the era of big money is over and candidates with the right message that connect with the people can not only compete in presidential politics.
They can win.
How do we win? For starters, tune out the status quo stewards that got us into this mess in the first place.
Jordan Chariton is a Politics Reporter for The Young Turks, covering the presidential campaign trail, where he’s interviewing voters on both sides. He’s also a columnist for Mediaite and here’s his latest column. Follow him @JordanChariton and watch videos at YouTube.com/tytpolitics.
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