Bernie Sanders catalyzed the Democratic Party’s post-Obama move to the left. He nearly beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries, and may have even been a stronger candidate against Donald Trump in the general. Now he’s back, and the party’s rising left wing is conflicted.
At one level, it’s thrilling for the left: If the self-proclaimed democratic socialist were elected president in 2020, it would represent a truly historic swing in the country’s political orientation. No one would be as committed to the party’s new, socialist-inflected policy agenda than the guy who came up with much of it in the first place.
The article goes on to state the following:
But among the flaws on Sanders’ résumé for many progressives is one that he can do nothing about—he is a white male, and an old one. In the language of the modern left, the straight, cisgendered Sanders is burdened by his utter lack of intersectionality.
In his announcement interview on Vermont Public Radio, he was pushed on how he can lead a diverse Democratic Party. Sanders cited the famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote about judging people by the content of their character and replied, “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I mean, I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society, which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”
For expressing this support for a nondiscriminatory society, a sentiment that would have been considered jejune just a few years ago, Sanders was roundly denounced.
Bernie Sanders as he launches 2020 campaign: “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age.” https://t.co/JOCxKsKACc
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 19, 2019
This is usually an argument made by people who don’t enjoy outsized respect and credibility because of their race, gender, age and sexual orientation. https://t.co/pSp9vF6NBI
— jess mcintosh (@jess_mc) February 19, 2019
“Yes, like Dr. King, I have a dream,” Colbert said as Sanders. “A dream where this diverse nation can come together and be led by an old white guy.”
— TJP (@favoritesch_tjp) February 20, 2019
VIDEO – Colbert Mocks Bernie Sanders: Like Dr. King, He Dreams that an ‘Old White Guy’ Could Lead a Diverse Nation https://t.co/eoMUAjLdj0
— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) February 20, 2019
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