In yet another incident, a Bernie Sanders staffer is exposed for exhibiting the worst behavior toward others, even as the candidate himself preaches about diversity and inclusion.
Ben Mora, a regional field director for Sanders’ campaign in Michigan was busted for mocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her looks, and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for being gay.
Using the account @perma_ben, Ben Mora, a regional field director for Sanders’ campaign based in Michigan, has attacked the physical appearance, gender and sexuality of rival candidates, as well as their family members and supporters. https://t.co/PRmITbU4zk
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) February 25, 2020
The Daily Beast reported Mora “attacked other Democrats in the field — as well as their family members, surrogates, journalists, and politically active celebrities — in deeply personal terms, mocking their physical appearance, gender, and sexuality, among other things.”
More from the news site:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mora has tweeted, “looks like her name: pained, chunky, [and] confused origin/purpose.” Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg “is what happens when the therapist botches the conversion,” and his husband, Chasten, Mora predicts, will be “busted for running a meth racket” in 10 years. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a frequent subject of Mora’s private account, is called a “dumb Okie,” “an adult diaper fetishist” who “looks like shit” and who lied about having Native American ancestry “to get into Harvard.”
Among the tweets captured in the article was one making fun of Warren’s claim to be a Native American, with Mora telling her, “You look like sh*t.”
In another, Mora targets Buttigieg’s husband in a vicious tweet suggesting that he’s headed for a “psychotic breakdown.”
Sanders campaign confirmed to the Daily Beast that Mora has been fired in response to the article.
Sanders campaign communication director Mike Casca also regurgitated the company line about how “we are running a multiracial, multigenerational campaign for justice where disgusting behavior and ugly personal attacks by our staff will not be tolerated.”
But a big part of the story was how popular Mora was online, and the response to his tweets from other Sanders supporters.
At NBC News’ Democratic presidential debate last week in Las Vegas, Warren was asked about former Vice President Joe Biden accusing Sanders supporters of saying some “vicious, malicious, misogynistic things.”
“Look, I have said many times before — we are all responsible for our supporters,” she replied.
Sanders referenced the “Wild West of the internet,” to say this is not representative of his campaign.
Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” responded at the time to say that this behavior appears to be exclusive to Sanders’ supporters.
“Bernie — your army of Bernie bro’s are the worst in all of the internet and every woman on both sides knows it. Mysoginistic, abusive and inspired by you. There’s no army of Pete bots or Biden bots abusing women!” she tweeted.
Bernie – your army of Bernie bro’s are the worst in all of the internet and every woman on both sides knows it. Mysoginistic, abusive and inspired by you. There’s no army of Pete bots or Biden bots abusing women! #DemDebate
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 20, 2020
And who can forget the Project Veritas video featuring some disturbing comments from Kyle Jurek, a Sanders campaign staffer out of the Iowa office, who is calling for cities to “burn” if President Donald Trump is reelected?
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the Daily Beast article from Twitter:
This goes well with my related scoop from earlier this morning. https://t.co/YciM8Kuwb6
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) February 25, 2020
Weird how this keeps happening.
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) February 25, 2020
There’s some shockingly homophobic stuff in here. I thought progressives were pro-LGBT?
— Phil (@philllosoraptor) February 25, 2020
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) February 25, 2020
Seems it’s only since we’re getting closer to Super Tuesday and Bernie’s has a few wins under his belt that he is saying he disowns those supporters bulling others online.
WHAT THE HELL, THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAID OVER AND OVER SINCE 2016, we’ve witnessed years of this abuse.
— Janey Mack (@JaneySmack) February 25, 2020
this shit is so gross. it’s amazing for how many people “politics” is just a clever way to give their bullying an ideological cover. bernie supporters who actually hear and buy his message of compassion need to disavow this shit instead of trying to get “irony” RTs on twitter
— jacob geers (@JacobGeers) February 25, 2020
Also, for those curious how the modern day campaign reporting ecosystem is a toxic mess, just follow the reaction to this piece.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 25, 2020
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