Bernie Sanders Claims That His Radical Far-Left Base is Actually Russian Bots
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Socialist and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been facing harsh criticism for the reckless behavior coming from his radical far-left base.
During the Democratic debate on Wednesday night hosted by NBC, Sanders was asked about his radical "Bernie Bros" base. Instead of condemning his base for their radical behavior, Sanders tried distancing himself from the movement and instead blamed Russian bots.
The Daily Wire reports: "Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg confronted Sanders about his “Bernie Bro” followers during the debate demanding — as former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have — that Sanders disavow the “Bernie Bros” and openly condemn their behavior."
“At a certain point you have to ask yourself why did this pattern arise, why is especially the case with your supporters?” Buttigieg questioned while suggesting that Sanders was responsible for encouraging the "revolution."
The Daily Beast reports that Sanders “pushed back aggressively,” and “suggested that, perhaps, the accounts that claimed to be supporters of his that were creating such havoc online may not actually be real at all but, instead, Russian bots designed to sow confusion and discord.”
“All of us remember 2016, and what we remember is efforts by Russians and others to interfere in our election and divide us up,” Sanders said while blaming Russia as he promoted the debunked Russia collusion conspiracy theory. “I’m not saying that’s happening, but it would not shock me.”
The Daily Beast notes: “There are not any Russian bots operating on here at the moment,” “a disinformation researcher” a source told the outlet. “It’s basically impossible at this point for them to operate on here. Twitter’s site integrity team has made it real boring for me. I have checked and checked and checked hashtags related to the primaries, and it’s just been really boring so far.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Instagram is no different. Experts found only four Russian-affiliated accounts expressing support for Sanders, but those accounts “focused primarily on posting memes about American criminal justice issues” and all four were suspended in October.
There’s also the small matter of “Bernie Bros” moving from the online space into real life. Last week, the Nevada Culinary Union faced a barrage of harassment and abuse from Sanders supporters angry that the union refused to make an endorsement ahead of the Nevada Democratic caucuses, some of it online, but much of it over email and phone. Last weekend, at the Nevada Democratic Party’s state convention, irate Sanders supporters started a near riot at the Las Vegas casino where the meeting was being held after around 60 of Sanders’ delegates to the convention were disqualified. Many had to be removed by security.
Bernie Sanders has, so far, resisted apologizing for the “Bernie Bros,” instead issuing general admonishments to those who commit violence in the name of a political movement.
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