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Peter Daou
1. THREAD: Who is the REAL ? Since Sanders diehards are determined to hijack the and torpedo other 2020 contenders, and since he refuses to become a Democrat but wants to hog their spotlight and attack them, let's take a closer look at who this man is. (1/10)
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
Replying to @DNC
2. The REAL Bernie Sanders: First elected with NRA help, then repeatedly voted WITH the gun lobby. Opposed the Brady Bill five times. Co-sponsored and aggressively pushed a bill to dump Vermont's radioactive waste on the low-income Latino community of , Texas.
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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3. The REAL Bernie Sanders, continued: Has echoed the worst Republican talking points on immigration: Has refused to release full tax returns. Supported the $1.5 trillion F-35 boondoggle. Voted FOR the 1994 crime bill that Hillary was slammed for.
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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4. The REAL Bernie Sanders, continued: Ran a campaign of personal destruction against Hillary Clinton that HE INITIALLY CONCEDED WAS A "CHARACTER ASSAULT" but that he kept pushing long past the time she was the obvious nominee.
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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5. The REAL Bernie Sanders, continued: 72 hours before the election of Donald Trump, inexplicably tweeted a defense of Trump voters. Has continually pandered to Trump voters while dismissing the diverse Democratic base by arguing that Dems must "go beyond identity politics."
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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6. The REAL Bernie Sanders, continued: Several articles have been published that probe beyond the fabricated progressive purist image that his diehard followers bought into and that the mainstream media continue to foist on the public. For example:
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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7. The REAL Bernie Sanders, continued: During the 2016 campaign, Sanders and his aides and surrogates were perfectly willing to throw Planned Parenthood and other progressive groups and leaders under the bus as the "establishment." Details here:
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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8. The REAL Bernie Sanders, continued: His incredibly disturbing 1972 "rape" essay deserves more scrutiny, and will get it if he were ever to be a nominee. His efforts to distance himself from it as "satire" are implausible. These were his troubling views as a grown man.
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
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9. People who have seen the full oppo doc on know his vulnerabilities in a general election would sink him. The GOP (and media) would eviscerate his carefully crafted image. The "would have won" myth would meet the harsh reality of the rightwing attack machine.
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Peter Daou 10 Dec 17
Replying to @DNC
10. FINALLY: My issue with Bernie Sanders is NOT with progressives. I am a progressive. It's with the fact that he's portrayed as something he is not and that he got people to buy into his false image of purity. With terribly destructive results, including the election of Trump.
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Peter Daou 11 Dec 17
Replying to @LeftwardSwing @DNC
Once again, "Bernie is just like the Clintons" undermines your argument. The fact is he sponsored and aggressively pushed the bill. And guess who attacked him for it in 2004? None other than Tad Devine when he worked for Kerry.
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