Dear Hillary Clinton Supporter,
I am normally an empathetic, open-minded, and forgiving person. That is why, when I was listening to a friend (who supports Clinton) express fear of a Donald Trump win tomorrow, I was surprised to feel how callous I felt.
Calling his supporters racists, she asked why Trump had so much support and I tried to explain my understanding from people I know who support Trump. Then she said, “It’s unfair!” when I explained his populist, outsider/anti-establishment message. And that’s when it hit me.
I don’t care when a Clinton supporter tells me how worried or afraid they are if Trump wins. And the reason why is simple: They didn’t care when I expressed my frustration, anger, and sorrow at Bernie Sanders’s defeat. They told me I was wrong, that I was spouting conspiracy theories, and that I needed to get over it and get behind Clinton to beat Trump.
Yet, over the past few months, I have seen evidence time and again that proved what I and other Sanders supporters were saying was true. The Democratic primary was rigged against him. No one can refute that now (although I’m sure plenty still will). Here is a list of the ways in which the “system was rigged” (to steal a Trump phrase) against Sanders and/or in favor of Clinton:
- The primary debate schedule was created to favor Clinton.
- There were discussions in 2014 about moving primary dates around to benefit Clinton if she encountered “a significant primary challenger.” The same email also discussed increasing “absentees for caucuses.”
- The media often worked with the Clinton campaign to write stories and create hit pieces on Sanders (such as the story pitched to the Daily Beast, although there are many others)
- Donna Brazile, who worked with CNN, gave Clinton debate questions in advance, including two MORE questions that were revealed in an email released tonight.
- The Democratic National Convention treated Sanders delegates horribly, censoring their protests, signs, and other forms of speech.
- Also at the Convention, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) did not allow prominent Sanders surrogate Nina Turner to speak. No reason was given, prompting a widespread outcry from Sanders supporters, including a march in support of Turner.
- The DNC wanted to elevate extreme, “pied piper” candidates for Clinton to go against.
- The supposedly neutral DNC wrote up a series of talking points on the disputed Nevada state convention, trying to pin the blame on Sanders and his supporters. (Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) called Jeff Weaver (the Sanders campaign manager) a “damn liar” for his statements on Nevada.)
- Union leaders wanted to punish the National Nurses United and donors told Tulsi Gabbard they would no longer be giving her money – all because they publicly declared their support for Sanders.
- The provision to reduce the number of superdelegates doesn’t matter and was just given to Sanders supporters so they could “think they’ve ‘won’ something.”
- A group of women senators was asked to confront Sanders about running a negative campaign so that the press could later use that to push the narrative that Sanders is a sexist.
- Prior to Clinton announcing that she was running, there was a discussion about DWS needing to make sure she scheduled meetings with other candidates to appear to be giving everyone fair consideration.
- In 2014, there were discussions between Robert Mook (current Clinton campaign manager) and other Clinton aides about DWS being supportive of choosing a general election planning/preparation person that was suggested by the Clinton campaign. They also talk about planning in Iowa.
As I read these emails, it kept the wound open. I have not forgiven the Democratic party for working endlessly to make sure Clinton was the nominee and never allowing anyone else to have a chance. I have not forgiven the way the Sanders delegates and volunteers at the convention were treated. And I have not forgiven the people who told me to grow up and get over it when I raised valid concerns and criticisms (which have now been proven to be true).
None of the Clinton supporters I know of has ever apologized to me or admitted they were wrong about saying I was wrong. None of them has told me they are sorry about the way Sanders was treated.
And when Clinton supporters do address the WikiLeaks emails, whether the DNC leak or Podesta emails, they usually say one of three things: Those are fake/illegitimate/Russia hacked them, all of that information is “old news,” or that’s just “politics as usual.”
It is for that reason that I can say to you, Clinton supporter: I don’t care how you feel about Clinton possibly losing.
A Bernie Sanders Supporter