Let’s rewind to 2015, when she announced she was running. What did she do after that?
- Avoided the press until July 2016.
- Gave paid speeches.
- Avoided the public (doing campaign stops) until mid-2016.
- Sent surrogates around to stump for her instead of doing it herself.
She basically said, “You have no choice but to vote for me because I deserve it.”
We heard about paid speeches to Hollywood elite. To bankers. To insurance company execs. We asked see the transcripts. She said, “Fuck You”, in her own “I don’t talk to the press” way. Bernie asked to see them. Oh hell no.
Her surrogates, which included pundits on every single mainstream media outlet (network TV and cable news, plus paper and online newspapers like the NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune) had a field day with Bernie Sanders, inventing condescending crap like “Bernie Bros” and calling his Democratic Socialist views “communist”. The Washington Post ran *11* negative articles on Bernie Sanders in *one* day. Their corporate bias was so severe it was ugly.
Not ONCE did they stump for her on the issues. Not once did they talk about her platform. Or question it. All they did was dump on Sanders and the Republican party.
When she DID show up to speak, the press fell all over themselves to get to talk to her. She ignored them.
When Trump became the nominee, what did she do then? Nothing. It was the same game she played with Sanders: dump on Trump (in Trump’s case, it was his daily lies, insults, slander, and offensive sexist baiting) while blaming the Republicans in general for simply being Republicans (not explaining what they did and why their platform screws people over).
Meanwhile, never once did she talk about Why she was running. What was the goal? What did she want? All we got was rhetoric about “I’m not Trump” and this idiotic “I’m With Her” slogan that meant nothing.
Michelle and Barack Obama stumped for her during the Fall of 2016. Why not earlier? Why not more fervently? Because by that time, they didn’t believe in her any more than we did.
I kept asking myself, “Where is she? Why doesn’t she talk to the people she *expects* to vote for her?”
Her rich white privilege was stuffed down our throats while she simply sat back and waited for the primaries to be over and to appear like a queen (just as Don Sr appeared like a king) at the Democratic Convention. Her speech, by that point, merely echoed the establishment talking points.
Not once did she talk to the people about the things that matter. The erosion of the Middle Class thanks to Reagan’s tax cuts. The stagnation of the minimum wage. The second-leading cause of bankruptcy: healthcare. The war on education.
But it’s our fault she lost. It’s Bernie’s.