A lot of people are unhappy about the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations levied against former Vice President Joe Biden. Besides Ms. Reade herself, they include the boys and girls in the back rooms of the Democratic National Committee who are aghast that they are about to nominate a man who not only shows clear signs of dementia but also is being credibly accused of being a sexual predator pervert. However, according to the UK Daily Mail, no group of people is quite as incandescent with rage as the Bernie Bros.
After a brief time during the Democratic primaries when Bernie looked like he would win, Joe Biden racked up several wins that all but clinched his status as the nominee. Even Bernie Sanders, seeing the writing on the wall, decided to drop out of the campaign and endorse Biden for the sake of party unity. Many political pundits thought that Bernie Bros would grudgingly go along for the sake of getting rid of President Donald Trump. Besides, it looked like that Biden was moving left to cement the support of Sanders supporters. If Bernie did not win at least his ideas were carrying the day.
But, as they say, that was then, and this is now.
The shoe that dropped that has Bernie Bros riled up was the tape from an episode of the old Larry King Show from 1993, then running on CNN, in which Reade’s mother called. She referred to an incident in which her daughter ran afoul of an unnamed United States senator for whom she worked, an obvious reference to Biden.
So far, the media, except for a few outlets like Fox News, and Democratic elected officials are protecting Biden with a wall of silence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a woman whose sense of shame was likely surgically removed, endorsed Biden. However, #dropoutbiden trended on Twitter over the weekend. The Bernie bros are mad as hell that their guy is being passed over for a man who may be senile who may have once put his fingers into a woman’s lady parts without a by your leave.
The Bernie bros could be forgiven for believing that is Biden is forced off the ticket that their guy would be up next. Sanders has the next greatest number of votes. The matter seems like a no brainer.
It looks like New York Democrats suspect that Bernie may be next in line as well. Channel 4, the NBC affiliate in New York, reports that the state’s Democratic Party is moving to make sure that Bernie does not benefit from Biden’s increasing woes.
“In an unprecedented move, New York has canceled its Democratic presidential primary that was scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic members of the State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to nix the primary. New York will still hold its congressional and state-level primaries on June 23.”
In other words, the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous for New Yorkers to vote for either Biden or Bernie in the presidential primary. But the modern-day plague is not too dangerous to – say – vote whether or not AOC is going to be a one-termer.
The Hill is reporting that Sanders is not taking the decision laying down.
“Lawyers for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign sent a letter to the New York State Board of Elections late Sunday asking that he remain on the Democratic primary ballot on June 23, warning that it would damage party unity if he is removed.”
Sanders is concerned that his removal from the New York primary ballot would damage party unity. He has originally opted to remain on the various primary ballots while suspending his campaign to ring up as many delegates as possible to increase his leverage at the Democratic National Convention if it should occur because of the pandemic. Bernie is likely also thinking that because of the Tara Reade allegations his candidacy is not as dead as he once thought.
In the meantime, the Bernie bros are tearing up social media with the meme that even defeating Trump is not worth tolerating a sexual predator on the top of the ticket. If Biden is removed from the ticket and someone other than Bernie is selected by the boys and girls in the backrooms instead, it doesn’t take a master pundit to conclude that the resulting explosion will be on the megaton level.