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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hillary and Bernie

As California's primary nears, I'm still planning to vote for Hillary, not Bernie, despite his campaign's numerous emails to me. I'm beginning to really dislike him for his continuing attacks on Hillary. think all he's doing is making it ever more possible that Trump will become president.

Today I saw an article about Bernie's refusal to concede and touching on why racial minorities and LGBT people in the South have overwhelmingly supported her instead of Bernie. Here's the beginning of it ...

Hillary Clinton won the South because Southerners need more than idealism

As his campaign's end looks more and more inevitable – and as Hillary Clinton pivots towards a general election matchup against Donald Trump – you might expect Bernie Sanders and his campaign would be moderating their tone and messaging against the former Secretary of State.

But you'd be wrong.

In addition to vowing to take the fight for the nomination all the way to the convention just this week, Bernie Sanders and his senior campaign strategist Tad Devine have also claimed that Hillary Clinton only wins states where there was low voter turnout or the Sanders campaign didn't compete in.

"Almost all of Secretary Clinton's delegate lead come from states where she faced little or no competition," Devine said on a press call. "Her grasp now on the nomination is almost entirely on the basis of victories where Bernie Sanders did not compete."

This line of attack is meant to dismiss Hillary's landslide victory over Sanders in every single southern state – despite the fact that she's also won Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and has a 95% chance of winning California.

Furthermore, it's blatantly false to say that Clinton only wins where there is low voter turnout – a fact that should be obvious by the fact that she has more votes than any other presidential candidate. As Louis Jacobson notes in PolitiFact, "Sanders has mostly won caucuses, which have produced the lowest turnout rates of 2016 across the board."

He also did fight hard to carry southern states. He held rallies in Texas. He held multiple events in Virginia. He had as many or more campaign offices than Clinton in many of the states his campaign claimed he "did not compete" in. Throughout the primary, including in many of these primary states, the Sanders campaign outspent Clinton by vast amounts.

But it's not just that it's a misleading statement. It's a blatant dismissal of southern voters – many of them people of color or LGBT-identifying – who overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders ......

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