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Bernie Sanders Is Being Played by the Establishment

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The result of the 2016 election cycle resulted ultimately in Hillary Clinton’s loss. Clinton was the overwhelming favorite to win, symbolizing the downfall of the Democratic establishment that has angered many progressives who felt the primary election was biased against them.

With the Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta’s emails, many of the concerns and questions progressives had of the neutrality and fairness of the primary election were confirmed. Ever since the start of the primaries, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was Chair of the Democratic National Committee prior to resigning, was no stranger to Hillary Clinton or the party. The e-mail dump proved that the party decided to give Hillary Clinton the nomination far before the election process even started. Not only were the debates reduced from 26 to 9, but they were placed on weekends, on Thursday and Sunday nights while football games were playing, and even on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Shockingly, the DNC was in contact with Chuck Todd of MSNBC. Todd was asked to speak with Joe Scarborough, of Morning Joe, and discourage his rhetoric stating that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should be fired because of her biases and cheating. We also now know that Donna Brazile who was the former interim chair of the DNC, and a former CNN contributor, had leaked questions prior to the Michigan debate to Hillary Clinton, showing the inherent bias of the Democratic National Committee toward Hillary Clinton and against Bernie Sanders.

Now that the public has found out about the DNC’s rigged primary and Hillary Clinton lost the Presidential election, Bernie Sanders popularity has boomed to a level that is quite unseen. Bernie Sanders is the current de facto leader of the Democratic Party and has been on the front lines defending Obamacare. Sanders is a very outspoken critic of President Trump. However, Hillary Clinton can seemingly only manage to get a staffer to put out a 3-character tweet while she is hiding “in the woods.”

The unpopularity of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party, those like Hillary Clinton and people like Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, have made them realize that Bernie Sanders is massively popular.

In a small rally held to garner support for the resistance against Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren were leading the charge, while senators like Charles Schumer stood behind him. While they allow him to garner the support of the people and get the constituents riled up, they have failed to show their position on policy change towards Bernie Sanders and the progressive wing. Just recently, Cory Booker voted no on an amendment that Bernie Sanders helped introduce that would allow the United States to import drugs from Canada, which were 70% cheaper so that the American people can pay less for everyday drugs that they need to survive.

Tom Perez’s election to DNC chair seems a direct challenge to the growing progressive movement led by Bernie Sanders and backed by Keith Ellison. He won as a result of the establishment pushing him forward with endorsements from the likes of Joe Biden and Barack Obama. With the failure to elect Keith Ellison, the DNC has effectively denied the reality that the Democratic Party is facing massive unpopularity resulting from their treatment of progressives.

The Democratic establishment has led to the absolutely inevitable death of the Democratic Party. I do not want to see this happen. I have been anxiously waiting for the time that progressives are able to re-take the party of the Democrats just like Franklin Delano Roosevelt did.

The rejection of the progressive wing by the establishment wing is inspiring the formation of the new ‘People’s Party’ and the Justice Democrats. The disrespect shown to the progressive wing leads to the splitting of votes resulting in massive never-ending losses for the Democratic Party. If the Democratic Party wanted to win in 2018 or 2020, they would have elected Keith Ellison in order to rebuild the bridges that were burned for the progressives within the party.

It is unfortunate that the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections like never before. But it is more unfortunate that the people who inspired this exodus of Democrats are the same people continuing the policies that led to this outcome. They should know by now that the status quo is the reason they lost.

Written by Sahil Habibi

Sahil Habibi is the host of The Progressive Voice on YouTube, which airs segments dissecting the news daily. Follow Sahil on Twitter @ProgressVoice.

Sahil is a Writer for Progressive Army.

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Bernie Sanders Is Being Played by the Establishment