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‘Bernie or Bust’ Dems Committed to 2020 Chaos

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they get better,” one Bernie supporter said. “There’s such a thing as necessary evils in life to restore the balance.”

By NTK Staff | 04.17.2019 @10:45am
‘Bernie or Bust’ Dems Committed to 2020 Chaos

Passionate supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential bid are so wholeheartedly committed to their candidate that they’re willing to create total chaos in the Democratic presidential primary if he’s not the party’s nominee.

A new Bloomberg News story details exactly what these “Bernie or Bust” Democrats are willing to do to ensure he wins the primary and his so-called revolutionary ideas are adopted by rank-and-file Democrats.

For a sliver of Sanders’ base, it’s Bernie or bust. They may detest President Donald Trump, but they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton and they’re not sure they’ll back the Democratic nominee in 2020 if Sanders isn’t on the ballot. They’re willing do whatever it takes to push the party to adopt his ideas.

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they get better,” said Melissa Mallaber, a 46-year-old social worker who attended Sanders’ rally in Pittsburgh on Sunday. “There’s such a thing as necessary evils in life to restore the balance.”

Democrats like Mallaber did not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Instead, she wrote in Sanders’ name. And while she might be in the extreme minority, enough voters like her can swing an election. Donald Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by less than 80,000 votes.

“It’s a pretty small minority of his support,” one liberal activist told Bloomberg. “But when you’re dealing with an election that was as close in terms of raw votes in 2016, every vote matters. And so that matters.”

Still, some have no regrets about the outcome of the 2016 general election.

“If Hillary had won we’d be going down the same incrementalism road,” she said. “It’s better to have a buffoon rather than a civilized smooth-talking charlatan.”

Some Democrats at Sanders’ Pittsburgh rally said they would consider voting for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) if she were the nominee, but they’d be happy to vote for someone like the Green Party’s Jill Stein again if Democrats nominate Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, or Beto O’Rourke.

In that case, “I’ll vote Jill Stein again,” one union worker said.

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