Trigger Alert: This article contains political material and may trigger election PTSD.
Well, it’s been a year since the Democrats won Drumpf the election. Since I wasted a good chunk o’ time supporting the guy who would have actually beaten ol’ Donny Boy, according to every poll, I thought it might be suitable to reflect on this anniversary of horrors. But, before I even could, I made the mistake of opining via electronic mail… and opening up old wounds… and this reflection literally wrote itself.
You see, a while back, just before the 2016 presidential election, I had invited a professional colleague to a screening of a little documentary series I made called “Journey For Bernie: Road Trip to the DNC.” Pretty self-explanatory. It chronicled some young activists going to Philadelphia in the vain hope that this Jewish socialist geezer from Vermont might get the Democratic nomination. You know how well that worked out.
The response to my invitation read:
Good luck with it. At this moment I don’t think I could stomach a movie about the guy who first called Hillary unqualified. Sorry. Hate Bernie.
Fair enough. I didn’t really want to let politics divide us through email. That’s what Facebook is for. So, naturally, I did like Frozen and let it go.
And then all the corruption got exposed.
And, finally, one day, like a freakin’ genius, I didn’t let it go:
I found this comment hurtful, seeing as how it’s now proven that Bernie and supporters like me were robbed in last year’s primary and that’s why we have President Pumpkin-face (instead of healthcare for all and a green new deal). For me, arts and politics go together. If you are a fan of corruption and neo-liberalism and you hate Bernie, then you hate me and working people. For me, it’s important that I support people and causes that share my values. Godspeed.
Donna Brazile’s bombshell about the DNC and Hillary Clinton, explained – Vox
Smart move, knucklehead. Why don’t you just open up pandora’s box while you’re at it?
Predictably enough, the wrath was unleashed and a battle was afoot.
Their response read:
Your support of a supremely unqualified candidate is what installed an equally unqualified candidate into the White House. Sanders and Trump are equally the same entity: inexperienced and divisive disrupters who appeal to the uninformed. If you had actually read the comments by Brazil [sic] you would know nothing illegal took place. In fact, the DNC had been bankrupted by Obama’s 2016 campaign and was one life support. Who should the DNC fund — a life long respected Democrat or a life long Independent and self proclaimed Socialist who never would’ve survived the Trump rhetoric and whose only preceding accomplishment was to rename a post office?
And for the record, before you accuse someone of being a “fan” of corruption, you need to check your facts. Also, I don’t “hate” BS nor do I hate you. That’s an illogical assumption. I don’t respect BS and I think his political stances are superficial and unrealistic.
Good luck with your career.
Smooth move, Ex-Lax.
Just be cool.
Don’t let it trigger you.
For the remainder of this exchange, the names of our two warriors have been replaced with their respective pejorative term.
BERNIE BRO: “Hate Bernie.” Your contemptuous words. Doubling down on the blame and defensiveness is not a way to bridge the gap or heal the wounds. And you care not that HRC bought the DNC long before she was the nominee. That is corruption. That is not democracy. This is why we can’t have nice things.
HILLBOT: Please stop
BERNIE BRO: Gladly. I was merely responding to your last message where you denied your own words.
A simple apology would have sufficed.
I won’t respond again.
… time elapsed…
HILLBOT: Look, I know you Trump people love to have the last word but you are simply not owed an apology. Please, as I have said before stop.
BERNIE BRO: This is silly. I’m sorry I started an argument. I apologize. We’re all upset about a lot of things.
HILLBOT: Yes, you should apologize. Only Fox News is following this story. Let’s keep our eye on the relevant ball and that is Trump.
Again, good luck and be well!
BERNIE BRO: NPR is reporting it. It’s news. http://www.npr.org/2017/11/03/561976645/clinton-campaign-had-additional-signed-agreement-with-dnc-in-2015
HILLBOT: Honestly, given that Brazil [sic] herself today ridiculed the Trumphole for saying the primary was “rigged” I have to think the BS camp is roiling over nothing. I wish you guys could get over it and join forces in a united effort to bring this regime down. We, on the “other”side have dealt with the misogyny of the political world.
BERNIE BRO: Now you stop. Ridiculous, HILLBOT. I’m not arguing verified facts with you. Stay in your bubble if you want. I went to Philadelphia. I saw it with my own eyes. I made a documentary and you insulted Bernie when I invited you. It revealed suppression of a people’s movement and outright corruption. I’m trying to fix that. But you won’t even acknowledge the truth. That’s why I got upset and that’s why I wrote you, to no avail. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t acknowledge its existence. Goodbye.
HILLBOT: I never insulted your “Bernie.” I never met him, nor do I care to. I don’t respect him. If I wanted to insult someone it would be his intransigent supporters who didn’t vote in the election because their guy lost. Those illogical sycophants decided they were going to make a statement and either not vote or vote for Trump. And here we are.
Your insistence on creating your own false narrative is insulting to me. The Bernie movement was nothing more than a passing fad, lacking substance You are more like zealous fans except that fans don’t insist that everyone root for their “team.” What’s really annoying is yesterday you all felt vindicated and were shouting your empty message to the world. Guess what, the entire news cycle missed this story except Fox News, which brings me to my original point that BS fans are essentially like Trump supporters.
… and that concludes our discourse.
All in all, I would say that we’ve made a lot of progress.