Bernie Sanders formally and enthusiastically endorsed Joe Biden for President yesterday, and plenty of his supporters have made clear across social media that they’re planning to vote for Biden. But some of Bernie’s supporters have twisted themselves into a bizarre pseudo-logic where they decide they respect Bernie so much, they can’t abide by his wishes.
This is of course idiotic. It’s also incredibly reckless, selfish, and immature, considering that failing to vote for Joe Biden means you’re supporting Donald Trump by default. That’s not just our view. Bernie Sanders is now telling the AP that it’s unacceptable for his supporters not to get behind Biden.
Bernie said this to the AP today: “I believe that it’s irresponsible for anybody to say, ‘Well, I disagree with Joe Biden — I disagree with Joe Biden! — and therefore I’m not going to be involved.’”
That says it all. Donald Trump is in the midst of negligently murdering thousands of Americans per day. Americans don’t have time for anyone to sit around and say “Joe Biden still has to earn my vote.” That’s a mindset for narcissists, sociopaths, and children. This pandemic is a time for adults. Bernie Sanders is acting like one. He’s demanding that his supporters do the same. Most of them will. Those who don’t will have blood on their hands.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report