"[Centrist Democrats] fear a repeat of 2016 is in the makingwhen mainstream Republicans scoffed at the idea that Donald Trump could ever win the nomination, until he became unstoppableonly this time from the left."
Virginia DNC member Yasmine Taeb, who served as a Sanders delegate in 2016, commented:
"There's a very small number of appointments of allies to Sen. Sanders. The appointments also include individuals that are outright hostile to Bernie Sanders and his supporters. It's not the message the DNC should be sending to the grassroots right now when we're all working aggressively to defeat the racist in the White House."
In an interview with progressive online news channel Status Coup, Sanders campaign national co-chair Nina Turner called the DNC's appointments "an embarrassment," a "slap in the face."
"If the DNC believes it's going to get away in 2020 with what it did in 2016, it has another thing coming."
But no matter how hard the establishment works to commit political suicide, the polls don't lie.
30% of Iowa Democrats and Independents responding to a Boston's Emerson College poll said they planning to vote for him.
Love "the establishment" or hate it, we must unify as a party instead of engaging in the circular firing squad.
By unsheathing the daggers for Bernie Sanders, Democrats demonstrate to the Republican party and Donald Trump it is not unified.
This is one of the ways Trump assumed the presidency.
The Democratic party had its 2016 candidate chosen before Hillary Clinton even got into the race, and it refused to acknowledge the enthusiasm Bernie Sanders brought to it.
What was responsible for the enthusiasm, what makes Bernie the most popular politician in America, are his positions on the issues most Americans care about--college debt, single-payer healthcare, climate change, infrastructure, trade, raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations, criminal justice reform, etc.