Sanders’ Strategist: We’ll Talk About Other Things if Clinton Continues Sexist Accusations

Bernie BirthdaySome people have been getting on Bernie’s case a little bit because he appears to have changed his stance a little bit in terms of his campaign strategy. But has he really changed that much? From my angle he’s been merely defending himself and pointing out the truth but he’d prefer to stick with the issues that are facing the country.

Of course by now you probably have heard that this man who has fought for women, gays and minorities for literally his whole political career has been accused of using sexist terminology against Hillary Clinton. From here, it’s seems like a horrible strategy by her camp. Do they not know how to use the internet or Youtube? Geezus, you can sit there for days on end if you wanted to and watch video after video of Bernie sticking up for the oppressed.

As we said in an earlier article that accusation simply isn’t true. Bernie used the term “shouting” long before Clinton and her camp thought he had a chance in this campaign. Hell, they wouldn’t even mention his name when he began using the term “shouting”. Back in July he did an interview on MSNBC that covered the issue of gun control:

“But the important piece is: Anybody can bring up a piece of legislation tomorrow, but if it doesn’t have the support of folks who come from rural America, it’s not going to get passed,” he said, urging people to “stop shouting at each other and come forward with sensible ideas.”  – Bernie Sanders on July 26, 2015 (source MSNBC)

Over the last few days however the two campaigns are growing tougher with each other with Sanders’ mostly on the defensive. That however, according to Sanders’ senior strategist, Tad Devine, may change if the attacks on Bernie’s character don’t cease.

 Devine, says the campaign is reacting to Clinton’s attacks but he says, “If they’re going to have a campaign that attacks Bernie on gun safety, and implies he engages in sexism, that’s unacceptable,” Devine told Politico.

“We’re not going to stand for that. We’re not going to sit here and let her attack him. We’re going to have to talk about other things if they do that,” Devine said. “If they’re going to engage in this kind of attack, they need to understand we’re not going to stand there and take it.”

What that exactly means is anyone’s guess but should Sanders’ advisers to begin going after her a little it’s not much of a secret that they have a lot of ammunition to work with. Bernie himself, just over the last few days has been calmly talking in interviews about how he and Hillary are different and that he has been more consistent. He’s began talking more about how he has championed causes for years, sometimes decades before they were popular and that Clinton is a little late to the party. He has maintained though that he’s glad she is changing her positions.

Three primary examples of her “evolving” : the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he’s opposed for years while Clinton just weeks ago announced her opposition; the Keystone XL pipeline, which he has long fought as Clinton waited for a State Department decision on whether it should go forward; and same-sex marriage. Sanders has pointed to Clinton’s support for the Defense of Marriage Act — a 1996 law signed by President Bill Clinton, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman — as evidence of their differences. Clinton supported the law at the time, though she has since changed her stance. Sanders voted against it.

During his speech at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Saturday night in Iowa, Sanders implied – without using any names – that she  has changed her stances on civil rights issues “just because it is politically expedient at a given time.” And although he didn’t mention her by name, it was clear to all who were watching who he was talking about. He also said the TPP was NOT “The Gold Standard” of trade agreements, a term she used frequently while she was pushing the secretive trade agreement. Again, clearly aimed at her but not in a negative way.

In an interview Sunday with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta complained that Sanders was going negative but there’s nothing wrong with telling the truth and blocking punches when an opponent is swinging at you, that’common-sense, not negativity.

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G.A. Dunlap

2 thoughts on “Sanders’ Strategist: We’ll Talk About Other Things if Clinton Continues Sexist Accusations

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    October 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Bernie Sanders needs to just keep being his authentic self. I was surprised to hear Hillary refer to shouting as if she is a victim. Shame on her. She knows better and we know that she knows better that Bernie Sanders is the opposite of a sexist.

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    October 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Bernie needs to stay consistent and not become unnecessarily ensnared. His whole political career has been one of vision coupled with the willingness and ability to stand up for the public he represents. Hillary is just another empty suit in a chain of empty suits. If you want to talk “sexist” comments, how about Hillary’s comment late in the October 13th debate, when she responds to Anderson Cooper’s question about “why should Democrats embrace and insider like yourself?” by saying “Well, I can’t think of anything more of an outsider than electing the first woman president…” Quite the sexist remark, spoken with that smarmy little smile of hers.

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