In case you couldn’t tell by now, this online publication isn’t officially endorsing a candidate for either party’s nomination. With a name like Modern Liberals, it should be fairly obvious why we’re not taking a position on the Republican nod, but we’re also not taking a position on Bernie versus Hillary, even though among the writers there are people who support one, the other, both, or neither. We’re not in this to influence who you vote for, only the information you have at your disposal before you make your decision. We happen to think that both Bernie and Hillary fans will need each other when it’s all said and done in the general, which is why we are trying our level best to knock down rhetoric from both sides’ die hard fans.
The subject of “Bernie Bros” is an interesting one. I have certainly witnessed firsthand what happens when overly zealous, young male Bernie supporters get rude and arrogant with Hillary supporters. It’s not pretty watching people who are supposed to be progressive make judgments and generalizations about people based on gender, or any other trait that has nothing to do with the character of someone’s convictions. Obviously Bernie Bros suck, and should be called out by everyone, and Senator Sanders himself did just that.
Per the Huffington Post, when Sanders appeared on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked him about the bros, and he responded like this:
I have heard about it. It’s disgusting,” Sanders said. “Look, we don’t want that crap. … We will do everything we can and I think we have tried. Look, anybody who is supporting me that is doing the sexist things is — we don’t want them. I don’t want them. That is not what this campaign is about.” (source)
If you ask me, that’s more than enough from Sanders. He not only distanced himself from the assholes giving his campaign a bad name, he specifically said he doesn’t want their support. You don’t get a stronger rebuke from a politician, and Bernie for all that he is, is still a politician. He just has that rare genetic disorder called “integrity” that forces him to do things like disavow the support of sexist dicks.
Now it’s time for Hillary to reach out to her rabid support base and tell them to stop generalizing about Bernie fans. I’ve seen Hillary Hawks immediately pounce on any male Bernie supporter as if they are a Bernie Bro, immediately insulting them and presuming what their views are on any number of subjects. I’m not here to tell you the knock-down, drag out fight that the Dems are having right now is a bad thing for the party; it’s better than doing the Republican thing and letting a whacko element of your party drive it off the cliff. But the one thing neither side can afford to do is lose the support of the other.
There was a coalition that elected Barack Obama. It was older and newer progressives. It was young and old all races and genders, that put him in the Oval Office. That coalition is most certainly fractured now, as a primary fight should do to it. But when the dust settles, there are still Supreme Court justice appointments at stake. The flawed but working Affordable Care Act still needs to be protected. The fact is that with the ability of the GOP to control all three branches of government after Election Day in November, yes, on some level rationally thinking adults need to band together and vote for anybody but a Republican.
I hate to generalize about Republicans the way I’ve chastised Bernie Bots and Hillary Hawks for picking on each other, but there are real, solid, undeniable philosophical and ideological differences between the Dems and the Republicans that should explain, if not excuse my hypocrisy. At a time when we understand how wrong it is to keep two adults from marrying if they want to, at a time when we know that we can’t ignore or deport the eleven million people living in the shadows, and at a time when we know that Islamaphobia and racism are a major threat to the peace and stability of the country, there is one part that lives in utter and complete denial of those facts — Republicans.
Hillary needs to take a page from Bernie and tell her über-fans to chill the fuck out. It’s never too soon to remind everyone how important the Obama Coalition is to keeping Republicans out of the White House. Then again, maybe you’re a little curious about how fun it’d be to live in President Donald Trump or President Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz’s America. I hope to all that is holy you understand no one wants that, but hey, if you do, then you guys should just keep right on turning each other off, because who needs effective governance and a functioning middle class, right, Bernie Bros and Hillary Hawks?