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Given the militancy of Sen. Bernie Sander’s many supporters, who are often referred to as “Bernie Bros,” presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not in a position to disregard this radical, socialist-oriented base.
There remains a persistent belief that 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton came up short against President Donald Trump in part because “Bernie’s Army,” upset over the bias against their man by the Democratic National Committee, sat the election out — or cast a vote for Donald Trump.
All of which leaves 77-year-old Biden tiptoeing past the graveyard when it comes to Sander’s energized supporters.
In an op-ed run by Fox News, Justin Haskins, executive editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute, noted how all of this is forcing Biden to throw conventional campaigning to the wind.
“Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism,” Haskin penned.
He noted that on May 13, Biden and “Comrade Bernie” announced several “unity task forces,” designed to “help reshape the agendas” of the Democratic Party and the Biden presidential campaign in six areas: climate change, criminal justice reform, education, economic growth, health care and immigration.
Haskins shared that Sanders, a self-avowed socialist, “handpicked” about 40% of the task force members, before pointing out just how much Biden has capitulated to the hard left.
“Co-chairing the Climate Change Task Force is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the leading voice behind the Green New Deal, the most radical, dangerous, destructive policy proposal in modern American history,” Haskin said.
Here’s a list of other participants Haskin shared:
Also serving on the Climate Change Task Force is Varshini Prakash, one of the co-creators of AOC’s Green New Deal and the co-founder of the socialist Sunrise Movement, an organization that leans so far to the left that it protested against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for not adopting enough of the group’s radical climate proposals in 2018.
Serving on the Economy Task Force is Ohio State professor Darrick Hamilton, a key Sanders adviser and one of the nation’s leading voices for a federal jobs guarantee, which the American Action Forum estimates could cost $6.8 trillion to $44.6 trillion over 10 years.
Radical professor Stephanie Kelton is also a member of the Economy Task Force. Kelton is the former senior adviser to Sanders’ presidential campaign and the face of the Modern Monetary Theory movement in the United States.
Co-chairing the Health Care Task Force is Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., one of the leaders of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus and the sponsor of “Medicare-for-all” legislation that is even more expensive and far-reaching than Sanders’ single-payer plan — as hard as that might be to imagine.
It bears repeating that Biden won out over more progressive Democrats because he was seen as a more electable “moderate.”
Yet, he is now swinging hard to the left.
“The reason for Biden’s shift to the far left is entirely due to the work of Sanders, who has used his bully pulpit in the progressive and socialist movements to force Biden into agreeing to this ridiculous arrangement,” Haskin insisted.
An arrangement that may very well play into President Trump’s hands, which would make Bernie Sanders a “political asset for Trump.”
“A vote for Biden is a vote for bringing socialist radicals into the White House, and it seems hard to believe that this will sit well with blue-collar Democrats in states like Wisconsin and Michigan,” Haskin wrote. “So, as bizarre as it might sound, by pushing the Biden campaign closer to progressive and socialist policies, Sanders has actually become a political asset for Trump.”
Noting the progressive left’s current discontentment with the party establishment, Haskin said it’s unlikely they’ve been offered a seat at the table only to later yank it away.
It seems apparent, then, that Biden has every intention of moving further to the left than he already has over the course of the present election cycle,” he concluded. “It’s a decision that could cost him the election if the American people — who rightfully remain skeptical of socialism — realize that the campaign of Mr. Moderate Joe Biden has become a quasi-socialist wolf in sheep’s clothing, however reluctant the transformation might have been.”
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