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Move over Never Trump Republicans and make room for Never Biden Democrats.

When former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage Tuesday night to assume the role the establishment bestowed on him, that being the Democratic Party’s nominee to take on President Trump, he took great care to appeal to those who support socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I want to thank Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their tireless energy and their passion,” he said, in what sounded much like a victory speech. “We share a common goal, and together, we’ll defeat Donald Trump; we’ll defeat him together.”

This being a sentiment that not all Bernie Bros embrace.

Former MSNBC host Krystal Ball set the tone on Wednesday during an appearance on “The Young Turks,” when she suggested progressives could “leave it blank” when casting their vote for president in November.

Host Cenk Uygur stated that it wasn’t “tenable for progressives to threaten to vote for Trump.”

“I would never vote for Donald Trump either, but you can leave it blank,” Ball replied.

“As of today I’m an undecided voter, because here’s the thing,” she continued. “Trump is awful, the next Republican will be awful, and if they (Democratic Party) always can say, ‘Look you gotta vote for us no matter what you’ve got no other choice,’ then they’re always going to treat us like this because you have no power in that situation if you’re just gonna show up and vote for them anyway.”

In response to establishment Democrats rallying behind Biden, Politico cited Alyson Metzger, a 54-year-old progressive activist in New York City who supports Sanders.

“The rationale for us is that our votes need to be earned and that we’ve been taken for granted, and the party never moves to us,” Metzger said. “If they install Joe Biden, I will not vote for Biden. … This is not democratic what’s happening in the Democratic primary.”

“I can’t vote for Joe Biden,” she said.

Bryan Quinby, identified as a left-wing podcaster in Ohio, felt the same way.

“I can’t vote for Joe Biden,” Quinby said, adding “it feels like the party doesn’t want us — the people who were pushing for Bernie Sanders and were enthusiastic about it.”

“I think it just means I don’t vote for president,” he said of his vote in November.

Sanders inspired legions of young Americans poorly educated by the indoctrination centers that pass for colleges these days on the perils of socialism — the only trouble is, these Bolshevik wannabes can’t seem to make it to the polls on election day.

But many of Sanders more committed supporters are passionate about not voting for Biden, as was seen online.

Hashtags like #NeverBiden, #BernieOrBust, #WriteinBernie and #DemExit2020 were seen on Twitter this week.

Here’s a quick sampling of some of the responses — *Caution: Adult Language.

Tom Tillison

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