Registered Socialist Bernie Sanders fretted nervously as his private jet streaked closer and closer to Motown. His campaign staff had been hyping the key African American demographic to expect Sanders to show he can get down and get funky. He needs to convince blacks that he’s better than Biden. When he got there he learned how anti-Socialist Michigan voters can be.
Michigan voters are anti-Socialist
Socialist Bernie Sanders worked hard all day on Saturday to polish the speech he expected to deliver in Flint Michigan. When he got there, he threw it away to fall back on his standard spiel. Sanders was supposed to get funky with a speech “tailored to African American voters,” CNN writes.
When he saw the faces in the crowd were mostly white, “what he gave instead was a roughly thirty-minute stump speech — without a single mention of how his record is better suited than Joe Biden’s to serve the black community.” Bernie’s campaign staff didn’t bother to look to see how many of the black community in the vicinity are muslims who don’t particularly care for Jewish people. They may have been a touch anti-semitic but the community is obviously anti-Socialist.
Sanders was expecting a more diverse crowd for his “racial and economic justice town hall.” When he got there, it was more like a group of his Vermont neighbors. All the black folks are rooting for Biden. As the rally approached, the campaign spokesman, Mike Casa, promised reporters that Sanders would “directly address the African American community and make the case for why black voters should support him over Vice President Biden.” The only problem was there weren’t any there to convince.
CNN points out that Sanders needs the support, calling the demographic “a crucial Democratic voting bloc that Biden has performed well with.” They also note that Sanders hasn’t been exactly a champion for minorities in the past. They called Bernie’s feeble attempt at race relations “a notable departure for a candidate known to stick to a core message rooted in income and wealth inequality and widespread corporate greed.”
Bernie left it up to the experts
As soon as he got a look at the crowd, Bernie tore up his carefully crafted speech and delivered half an hour of his standard rhetoric, then handed the podium to six panel members “most of whom were community leaders of color.” The campaign spokesman Casca explained, Bernie “talked to the panelists backstage before the event and decided it was better to let the people of color discuss their experiences.”
Bernie knows how sad it would look to be up there trying to show how much “soul” he’s got, when it’s obvious he sold his years ago. “He does not have those experiences. He is a white Jewish man.”
Sanders has been struggling to contrast himself as a better candidate than Biden on issues ranging from Social Security to abortion. It looks like his campaign made an error of strategy by sending him to Michigan when he could have appeared in Jackson, Mississippi. There, he would have been on stage with rising progressive star Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. At that appearance, “Sanders could have benefited from the opportunity to speak directly to the black community.”
Once Bernie’s speech was tossed, Casca wouldn’t even hint at what it said. The only thing that Sanders uttered was that “the same old, same old status quo politics” is “a politics which has failed the African American community.”