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Did Robert Reich Drink the DNC Kool Aid?

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I usually deeply appreciate Robert Reich's insights and thoughts. But his recent Facebook post made me wonder whether he's been drinking Little Debbie's Kool Aid.

Reich had endorsed Sanders on his Facebook page on Feb 26.

On May 19th Reich posted:

Many of you who support Bernie ask me what you should do at this point. My suggestion:

1. Continue to work like hell for Bernie, especially given upcoming primaries in California and New Jersey on June 7. Putting aside superdelegates, the difference between him and Hillary Clinton isn't huge. So far, Bernie has won nearly 10 million votes and has 1,499 pledged delegates. Hillary Clinton has won 13 million votes and has 1,771 pledged delegates. California could make a huge difference.

2. Don't demonize or denigrate Hillary Clinton. If she wins the Democratic nomination, I urge you to work like hell for her. She'll be the only person standing between Donald Trump and the presidency of the United States. Besides, as I've said before, she'll be an excellent president for the system we now have, even though Bernie would be the best president for the system we need.

3. Never, ever give up fighting against the increasing concentration of wealth and power at the top, which is undermining our democracy and distorting our economy. That means, if Hillary Clinton is elected, I urge you to turn Bernie's campaign into a movement -- even a third party -- to influence elections at the state level in 2018 and the presidency in 2020. No movement to change the allocation of power succeeds easily or quickly. We are in this for the long haul.

Reich seems to assume that Hillary would be much better for America than Trump, but I'm not so sure. I am definitely not a Trump supporter. I'm horrified at the thought that Trump has gotten this far. He and Hillary are both corrupt liars, but I believe Hillary has more connections and power that would enable her to do more enduring harm than Donald does. So we are talking about the relatively small difference between "really" bad, and "really, really" bad.

And, respectfully, Mr. Reich, we are not "demonizing" Hillary, she did that all on her own. We're just stating the facts.

Radio host, internet talk show host, social commentator, political speaker and activist, Tim Black makes a cogent reply to Reich in a video he posted on Sunday:

The DNC should have put forth a candidate that we would like, respect, appreciate and champion ... there is nothing about Hillary Clinton that I trust ... I'm urging everyone out there who ... feels the same way I do, do not let Mr Reich's opinion sway you to become a Hillary supporter against your conscience ... fear of Trump does not mean we should vote Hillary ... How else do we let the DNC know that we don't play games? If we just bail out (the DNC) like we bailed out the banks, what will they learn?

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