I should preface this by saying that I’m not an American citizen but I have been following US Politics closely as it is more robust than the politics of my country.
From the outside looking in, it’s apparent to me that the US media and the DNC is hell-bent on going against the Sanders campaign. I will provide some examples.
A cursory look at r/bernieblindness will provide plenty of examples on how the media manipulates their presentation and headlines to exclude Bernie or put him in a bad light. The DNC changed the rules for Bloomberg to be on the debate stage effectively buying his way to a nomination. The Iowa caucus, for example, is riddled with controversy as the app used for voting is bankrolled by another candidate and now the curious timing of Bernie being branded as a Russian asset just as his campaign is starting to ramp up in Nevada. I think that this would be used to justify the DNC’s use of superdelegates to choose another candidate if Bernie does not get a plurality of votes. More sinister things have happened.
When I look at the comments on Twitter, I can see all kinds of attacks, smearing him for not being a Democrat, or being a sexist (even though he has been fighting for the rights of women and LGBT all his life), or being a hypocrite for having three houses, or getting on private jets to campaign, or having a passionate following online, or running as a socialist even though he only wants to address the growing inequality of income between the rich and the poor, or being a Russian asset even though he has served in the government for all his life, I say to myself “Jesus Christ, this man just wants to help the average American have health care and a living wage and he’s getting smeared left and right. God I hope Twitter isn’t real life and I hope undecided voters are smart enough to not be convinced by these facile arguments.”
And yes, he isn’t a Democrat in how it is defined nowadays, but he sure ain’t a Republican either so where will he go? In a two-party system like the US, how can someone get nominated without falling in line with the DNC (a private organization prone to corruption, I might add). That argument is totally disingenuous it’s insane. It’s crazy to me that someone with integrity and honesty is struggling to be elected in a free country.
I can talk about this all day but this will have to do for now. I don’t know man. I got fed up with all the BS he gets from all over the place I just need to let out some steam. This man is selfless as one person can be. All I can see is his concern for his fellow Americans and it’s sad to see that he is facing an unfair fight and keeps fighting it with grace and resilience. But who knows? Maybe all this negative press will help him as much as it helped Trump. I know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions but at least let the man try to get you out of one. (I just put that there for emphasis. The US can be considered heaven in many respects compared to where I live so I have no high ground to call it hell).
TL;DR Bernie Sanders is great, he should be the Democratic nominee and the next president of the USA and I’m angered by the smears and underhanded schemes to bring him down both by the media and the elites of the Democratic party.