Addressing the Argument that Bernie Lost the 2016 Election for Hillary (with links)

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I thought it might be useful to have a post with a series of counterarguments to the numerous pro-Hillary, pro-establishment types that are stating that Bernie lost 2016 for Hillary.

Firstly, Bernie endorsed Hillary Clinton after the 2016 primaries, as he promised he would:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/bernie-sanders-endorses-hillary-clinton-president/story?id=40515378

Secondly, Bernie campaigned hard for Hillary against Trump in 2016:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/bernie-sanderss-hard-fight-for-hillary-clinton

Thirdly, More Clinton Voters in 2008 voted for McCain than Bernie voters voted for Trump in 2016:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/24/16194086/bernie-trump-voters-study (I'd also disagree with the article's general argument, because those Bernie voters in WI, MI, etc. were probably independents and conservatives who liked Bernie but would not have voted for a Democrat for president).

Fourthly, Bernie's campaign staff begged the Clinton campaign to let them help Hillary in worrisome states like Wisconsin and Michigan:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/team-bernie-hillary-fcking-ignored-us-in-swing-states

Those are off the top of my head, if you think of any other counterarguments with sources to back them up, please comment and I can update this list!

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How do you feel about many on the Left who abandoned Bernie and are still Hillary apologists all of a sudden now are enamored with AOC?

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I love Ocasio-Cortez and really hope she will reach the presidency in the future and is a great person to spread Bernie's original message however what bothers me is many now who still continue to bash Bernie and still love Hillary claiming her loss was the result of anything but her being a bad corporate candidate now love AOC isn't that hypocritical/poorly educated? I feel like that's our {The Left's} major flaw right now disunity and lack of knowledge of the core beliefs of our canidates. It seems now we are to quickly to decide we like someone based solely on gender/race/age etc. I've seen so many people bashing Bernie for no apparent reason yet hail AOC as the hero of the democratic party when their ideologies are nearly exactly the same. I'm really afraid this kind of mindset might scew us over in the election this year especially seeing the bad media already throwing hits at the likes of Bernie and Tulsi Gabbard.

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Anyone Hillary to Bernie?

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I fully admit that in 2016, I wasn’t a huge fan of Bernie. I thought he was naive and that we needed a unifier/compromiser like Obama to continue leading us, like Obama. To me, Hillary felt like the right person for the time over Bernie who seemed too idealistic.

In retrospect, well, I was obviously wrong, not only in my perceptions of Bernie (that he was too idealistic) but also in what we needed (a ‘compromiser’). In addition to that, so many of the current candidates embraced the ideas he pushed, like Medicare for all, that to it seems that he is the most genuine of all the candidates. I wish he were 20 years younger, but maybe he’s what we need right now.

Anyone else feel the same as me? I also like Beto, Kamala, and of course Warren, but no ones been pushing for progressive policies for as long as consistently as Bernie.

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