During the 1980s, Bernie Sanders campaigned for the Socialist Workers Party, which led to an FBI investigation for his connections to the Marxist group.
The Washington Examiner reported on Sanders’ past involvement with Marxist organizations.
Sanders always downplayed the level of his involvement with the SWP, and even denied ever being a member of the party. This party was filled with members who praised the Soviet Union and Cuba.
When asked about his role as an SWP elector in 1980, Sanders claimed, “I was asked to put my name on the ballot and I did, that’s true.”
However, Joseph Simonson argues that his connections to the SWP are “deep and enduring.”
Despite Sanders’ rebranding as a “democratic socialist”, his ties to radical Marxist groups were extensive.
According to personal files during his time in office as the mayor of Burlington, from 1981 to 1989, Sanders backed and even campaigned for the Communist SWP and kept close relations with its senior members.
Sanders “proudly endorsed and supported” Andrew Pulley, SWP’s presidential candidate who called on American soldiers to “take up their guns and shoot their officers.”
Sanders later campaigned for SWP presidential candidate Mel Mason, who was a former member of the Black Panthers. While on the campaign trail, Mason lauded the Russian and Chinese revolutions and then claimed that “The greatest example of a socialist government is Cuba, and Nicaragua is right behind, but it’s still developing.”
Paul Kengor, a professor at Grove City College, said that the SWP “were certainly a revolutionary group.”
The professor also noted that “One of the SWP’s fans was Lee Harvey Oswald, who not only wanted to overthrow our government but actually assassinated our president, John F. Kennedy.”
Sanders’ participation with the SWP prompted an FBI investigation, which angered Sanders.
At the time when a civil case was filed in response to this incident, Sanders said “I would agree with the judge, who is quite correct in pointing out that when FBI agents come into a secretary of state’s office attempting to ‘investigate’ the political background of a mayor of the largest city in the state, there’s no question but that this opens up the potential for exploitation by the media and could be a source of embarrassment.”
The SWP follows the teachings of Leon Trotsky, the famous revolutionary and Communist thinker, who pushed for perpetual international revolutions. The SWP embraced this strategy, but tempered it to cater to American audiences at the time.
The SWP had to enter a federal registry thanks to the McCaran Internal Security Act, a bill that was directed at insurrectionist groups who wanted to overthrow the U.S. government. The FBI led investigations against the radical leftist group and repeatedly tried to hamstring its activities. However, the SWP never faced any indictments.
There is still no evidence that Sander was a card-carrying member of the SWP, but archived records do suggest he was partial to their message.
Although he has rebranded, Sanders still shows off his radical leftism every now and then. This was particularly true when he hired David Sirota, a known apologist of Venezuelan socialism, as his speechwriter.
Sanders will likely not win the Democratic Party nomination, but his economic radicalism will make the party go further Left on economic issues.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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