Because the alternative would be to admit that far-left, progressive candidates just can’t get the job done in red/purple states, Sen. Bernie Sanders said this week that racism was to blame for Democrat losses in the South on Tuesday. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the Vermont socialist said that in Florida and Georgia, lots of white voters did not like the thought of pulling the lever for a black candidate. Both Andrew Gillum of Florida and Stacey Abrams of Georgia are black Democrats who lost their respective races.
“I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American,” Sanders said. “I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that.”
Nope, sorry, not buying it. There were a metric ton of Democrats in Georgia and Florida who voted for Barack Obama. The days of blaming these election losses on these racial/gender discomforts needs to end. It’s over. It doesn’t hold water. No Democrat stayed home or voted for Ron DeSantis on Tuesday because they were “uncomfortable” having a black man as the Florida governor. It just didn’t happen.
Now, might they have been concerned about voting for a corrupt mayor who is under FBI investigation? Yeah, that might have played a part in Gillum’s loss. There might also have been a lot of concern about Gillum’s platform, which included some of the very same socialist nonsense espoused by Crazy Bernie. Which is, of course, why Sanders is out there spouting these excuses. Anything to keep his fragile coalition from falling to pieces before it actually accomplishes anything.
“Surveying the victories and the carnage of Tuesday’s results, Sanders framed it as a vindication of that vision,” reported The Daily Beast. “The candidates who performed well even in loss, he said, offered positive progressive views for the future of their states, including Gillum, Abrams, and Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. Those who were heavily defeated, Sanders said, didn’t galvanize young voters, people of color, and typically non-active voters.”
Well, if the choice for Democrats is: A, move to the middle and get crushed or B, move to the far-left and lose by just a little bit, we’d say this is a party in serious trouble.
Or, you know, maybe Texas voters were “uncomfortable” with a black guy like Beto.