Bernie Sanders seemed to slight his own campaign press secretary when discussing progressives who decline to endorse Joe Biden while speaking to the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Sanders was asked about his former campaign press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, who has declined to endorse Biden. He merely said that Gray “is my former press secretary — not on the payroll.” Sanders had also scolded his supporters who intend to decline to support Biden, claiming they’re “irresponsible.” Many Sanders supporters feel as if Biden lacks a real progressive policy platform, choosing not to support policies such as Medicare for All and a wealth tax.
Gray was one of Sanders’ most prominent campaign officials on Twitter during the 2020 primary. She announced shortly after Sanders dropped out of the race that she would not be endorsing Joe Biden, diverging from Sanders himself, who bent the knee to the presumptive Democratic nominee in an endorsement on Tuesday.
With the utmost respect for Bernie Sanders, who is an incredible human being & a genuine inspiration, I don't endorse Joe Biden.
— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 13, 2020
Gray became a target for stringent ‘Vote Blue’ neoliberal Democrats after rebuffing demands that she endorse Biden. It appears Bernie is unwilling to defend his former campaign press secretary’s right to support political candidates of her choice, despite Gray’s loyalty to the Vermont democratic socialist.
Gray has predicted that the Democratic Party establishment will seek to replace Joe Biden at the convention or earlier. There’s reason to believe she is even more critical of Biden than her former candidate ever was, willing to ask questions about the veracity of Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Biden and bring up his increasingly obvious cognitive decline.
Perhaps if Sanders had been willing to fight back against the establishment in the same fashion his supporters are, his recent humbling endorsement of the has-run Democratic nominee might’ve been the other way around.
Biden Backs Down, Apologizes: “I Was Much too Cavalier” With “You Ain’t Black” Comments
Biden had said that “you ain’t black” if you support Trump.
Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden is backing down and apologizing for his outrageous comments on Charlamagne Tha God’s “The Breakfast Club” podcast, in which he stated that members of the black community who choose to support Donald Trump over himself “ain’t black.”
Biden had exploded at the radio host for skeptical questions related to his political record. “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
The gaffe-prone Democrat was then promptly yanked away from the video segment by a handler, who appropriately suspected that the candidate had walked himself into a controversy.
Biden has now backed down and apologized for the racially charged claim, admitting he was “much too cavalier” on a phone call with the Black Chamber of Commerce.
“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background.”
Black Republicans had slammed Biden for his seeming entitlement to the support of the black community. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott described the remarks as “taking the black community for granted-sadly par for the course for Democrats.”
Biden’s remarks could prove instrumental in leading many black voters to question their community’s longstanding support of the Democratic Party, which apparently sees itself as entitled to their votes. The first black Senators and Members of Congress were southern Republicans, who aligned themselves with the party’s founding figures of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.
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