FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Democratic Party Continues Shunning Popular Sanders Surrogates

This past weekend, popular Bernie Sanders surrogate, former Ohio State Senator and Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Executive Committee member Nina Turner attended the annual Cuyahoga County Democratic Party dinner in Cleveland, Ohio.

Turner was receiving the “courage” award in honor of former Congressman Louis Stokes, the first black congressman elected from the state of Ohio in 1968. Stokes and his brother Carl played important roles in integrating the Democratic Party, but the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party leadership failed to acknowledge the role the Stokes played in helping Democrats win elected offices in the 1980’s and beyond, and the Democratic Party’s abrasiveness toward Turner was evident at this dinner, resulting in Turner resigning as a member of the organization, though she remains a Democrat.

“Nina didn’t support a Republican when she backed Bernie Sanders. She supported another Democrat,” Former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Jonathan Brewer added in a Facebook post about the event. “But in the Ohio and Cuyahoga County Democratic Party organizations, the DOS’s(descendants of slaves) are still seen by the once pro-slavery party as property without an independent thought. We can’t support the Democrats of our own choices. We have to support only the Democrats that “they” support. So for Nina to support Sanders was wrong. Supporting Hillary Clinton was right. That’s the type of mindless control drama you’re dealing with inside the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and it’s not the only thing bothering you.”

Among anecdotal stories of Nina Turner being harassed, scolded, and shamed by Democrats for her strong advocacy of Bernie Sanders’ campaign, the DNC and Clinton Campaign infamously forbid her from formally introducing Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention, and a leaked email revealed Clinton operatives researched the social media profiles of Bernie Sanders delegates, including Turner, to assess a “unity check” on how easily they would switch to supporting Hillary Clinton.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) also continues to catch flack and criticism for resigning as DNC Vice Chair to formally endorse and campaign for Bernie Sanders. “PRIMARY HER I want to see ‪@TheDemocrats rid themselves of this disgusting woman ‪@TulsiGabbard ‪#ActiveMeasures ‪#TrumpRussia ‪#Assad ‪#Putin,” tweeted conservative Russian conspiracy theorist/war hawk Louise Mensch on March 23 in response to another tweet about Gabbard, who is an Iraq War veteran and active duty member of the National Guard, and her peace efforts in Syria. Mensch also called Gabbard an anti-Semite without any evidence, a common political tactic she uses when she’s not aligning everything with Putin and Russia. Mensch has emerged as a favorite among former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile and other Clinton partisans for her non-stop propagating of Putin and Russia links with current events. Daily Kos Political Director David NirDemocratic Party fundraiser Scott Dworkin, ShareBlue’s Matthew Chapman, former DNC Chair Howard Dean and other establishment Democrats have all recently criticized Gabbard, elevated calls for her to be primaried, and ignored her potential as a presidential candidate in 2020, yet these are the same Democratic Party partisans who scoff and condescendingly shame calls from Bernie Sanders supporters to primary moderate and establishment Democrats for favoring donors over voters. In response to news that Hawaii Republican Beth Fukomoto resigned recently and switched to the Democratic Party, Clinton partisans have cited the idea that Fukomoto primary Gabbard, as they would rather have a conservative Democrat in their party than a progressive.

While Democratic Party leaders preach unity, and continue touting DNC Chair Tom Perez with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), despite the great lengths the establishment took to ensure Sanders-backed Ellison didn’t win the DNC Chair race, the Democratic Party establishment continues to carry an abrasive attitude toward Bernie Sanders and progressives. Though resistance to Trump is a unifying force, any push for reform and changes within the Democratic Party have been obstructed at every turn since Hillary Clinton’s election loss. The Democratic Party has learned nothing, and while Nina Turner and Tulsi Gabbard remain favorites among Bernie Sanders supporters and likely have bright futures as progressive leaders, the Democratic Party leadership sees them as political opponents, and will continue to attack them when convenient, and insist on their support and loyalty when it suits them, as they have done with Bernie Sanders and his supporters since the Democratic Primaries.

More articles by:

Michael Sainato’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Buffalo News, the Hill, Alternet, and several other publications . Follow him on twitter: @MSainat1

September 19, 2018
Bruce E. Levine
When Bernie Sold Out His Hero, Anti-Authoritarians Paid
Lawrence Davidson
Political Fragmentation on the Homefront
George Ochenski
How’s That “Chinese Hoax” Treating You, Mr. President?
Cesar Chelala
The Afghan Morass
Chris Wright
Three Cheers for the Decline of the Middle Class
Howard Lisnoff
The Beat Goes On Against Protest in Saudi Arabia
Nomi Prins 
The Donald in Wonderland: Down the Financial Rabbit Hole With Trump
Jack Rasmus
On the 10th Anniversary of Lehman Brothers 2008: Can ‘IT’ Happen Again?
Richard Schuberth
Make Them Suffer Too
Geoff Beckman
Kavanaugh in Extremis
Jonathan Engel
Rather Than Mining in Irreplaceable Wilderness, Why Can’t We Mine Landfills?
Binoy Kampmark
Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under
Michael McCaffrey
A Curious Case of Mysterious Attacks, Microwave Weapons and Media Manipulation
Elliot Sperber
Eating the Constitution
September 18, 2018
Conn Hallinan
Britain: the Anti-Semitism Debate
Tamara Pearson
Why Mexico’s Next President is No Friend of Migrants
Richard Moser
Both the Commune and Revolution
Nick Pemberton
Serena 15, Tennis Love
Binoy Kampmark
Inconvenient Realities: Climate Change and the South Pacific
Martin Billheimer
La Grand’Route: Waiting for the Bus
John Kendall Hawkins
Seymour Hersh: a Life of Adversarial Democracy at Work
Faisal Khan
Is Israel a Democracy?
John Feffer
The GOP Wants Trumpism…Without Trump
Kim Ives
The Roots of Haiti’s Movement for PetroCaribe Transparency
Dave Lindorff
We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We want a Real One Running in 2020?
Gerry Brown
Is China Springing Debt Traps or Throwing a Lifeline to Countries in Distress?
Pete Tucker
The Washington Post Really Wants to Stop Ben Jealous
Dean Baker
Getting It Wrong Again: Consumer Spending and the Great Recession
September 17, 2018
Melvin Goodman
What is to be Done?
Rob Urie
American Fascism
Patrick Cockburn
The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is
Jeffrey St. Clair - Alexander Cockburn
The Long Fall of Bob Woodward: From Nixon’s Nemesis to Cheney’s Savior
Mairead Maguire
Demonization of Russia in a New Cold War Era
Dean Baker
The Bank Bailout of 2008 was Unnecessary
Wim Laven
Hurricane Trump, Season 2
Yves Engler
Smearing Dimitri Lascaris
Ron Jacobs
From ROTC to Revolution and Beyond
Clark T. Scott
The Cannibals of Horsepower
Binoy Kampmark
A Traditional Right: Jimmie Åkesson and the Sweden Democrats
Laura Flanders
History Markers
Weekend Edition
September 14, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Carl Boggs
Obama’s Imperial Presidency
Joshua Frank
From CO2 to Methane, Trump’s Hurricane of Destruction
Jeffrey St. Clair
Maria’s Missing Dead
Andrew Levine
A Bulwark Against the Idiocy of Conservatives Like Brett Kavanaugh
T.J. Coles
Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Celebrity Salesman for the Military-Industrial-Complex
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail