Cut the bullshit about Jill Stein or Bernie supporters being to blame for Trump being the White House, the Senate being controlled by Republicans and the Supreme Court about to be loaded with Republican appointees.
There are people and groups to blame. The truth is that if the people and groups named below had not operated as they did, Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic primary, then would have won the general election with his coattails sweeping the Democrats to a victory in the senate and maybe even the house, with Democrats picking up seats and power in state government as well. The nation's repudiation of Hillary didn't have to happen. It could have enthusiastically embraced Bernie Sanders, as repeated polls have shown.
Here's my list of who to blame and why:
Let's start with Obama.
As leader of the Democratic party President of Obama could have spoken out about the disgusting, unethical, undemocratic influencing of the election by the DNC and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Obama could have spoken up and said that it was inappropriate for super delegates to commit to back anyone fifteen months out from the primary. Further, Obama knew that Hillary was a terrible candidate and leader, that she was more mistrusted and disliked than any Democratic candidate in recent history. Worse, he said his worst mistake as president was related to Libya, which was totally based on Clinton's role as Secretary of State.
Next, and this one will probably meet some disagreement from progressives, I put Elizabeth Warren on the list. It was outrageous that purported progressive Elizabeth Warren held back her endorsement of Bernie Sanders. She should have endorsed him, as the only real progressive running, before the first Super Tuesday. Her decision not to endorse Bernie helped Clinton, a neoliberal who should never have received Warren's support. Her actions in the primary have taken her off my list of progressives to trust and respect, and certainly has removed her from the top of my list of presidential candidates.
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