A response to the blaming and shaming of independent voters

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On April 8, Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign, effectively making former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee. While the Sanders campaign has technically ended, the senator has indicated that his name will remain on the ballot in the primary states that have yet to vote. This strategy will allow Sanders to continue acquiring delegates to use as leverage at the Democratic Party’s convention this summer while shifting his current focus to the federal government’s coronavirus response.

The harrowing news was a gut punch to the burgeoning progressive movement, including to yours truly. Being a perpetually “online” Millennial, I recall watching videos of the Vermont senator giving fiery speeches on the Senate floor several years before his 2016 presidential run began. This eccentric, white-haired Brooklynite seemed to be an anomaly at the time, comparable only to Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, and a handful of other progressive, “anti-establishment” politicians. During the subsequent years, my support for Sanders only intensified as I learned about his decades of public service and his ability to consistently stand on the right side of history and advocate on behalf of struggling, working-class Americans. For every modern social and political issue, there always seemed to be accompanying video footage of Bernie in the 80s or 90s gracefully articulating a refined and firm moral outlook. …


Matthew John

Socialist. Herbivore. Husband. I usually write about politics, current events, and history. My work has also been published by The Hampton Institute.

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