Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison demanded proof that so-called “Bernie Bros” —rabid supporters of Bernie Sanders— are prone to violence. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) stepped in with quite the response.
Ellison, a big-time Democrat supporter of Sanders for president, claimed he has “never seen [Sanders] supporters being unusually mean or rude.”
“Can someone send me an example of a ‘Bernie Bro’ being bad?” he asked. “Also, are we holding all candidates responsible for the behavior of some of their supporters? Waiting to hear.”
Scalise, the Republican House Minority Whip from Louisiana, succinctly replied, “I can think of an example.”
I can think of an example. https://t.co/KwuvyYgyGw
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 20, 2020
Scalise for the Win
Rep. Scalise, you may recall, was one of four victims of a shooting at a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia in 2017.
The shooter was James Hodgkinson, an avowed supporter of Sanders who happened to be carrying a kill-list of Republican lawmakers in his pocket as he shot up the field.
Hodgkinson was a campaign volunteer for Sanders’ presidential campaign. He asked a bystander in the parking lot if he was sure the players on the field were the Republican team. As Senator Rand Paul later revealed, Hodgkinson was motivated by GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Not only did Scalise provide an example for something Ellison clearly didn’t believe existed, but the absolute gall in him suggesting candidates can’t be held responsible for things their supporters do is astounding.
Almost literally, everybody who’s ever said or done anything questionable is, according to the left, a reflection of President Trump. Quite often, people that have nothing to do with Trump are associated with the president because they’ve done something heinous. And then there are times when people like Jussie Smollett completely fabricate violence (allegedly) and pin it on the president.
But when it comes to Bernie—oh no, he has nothing to do with his supporters’ actions.
Just shut twitter down today. It’s over after this epic tweet.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 20, 2020
Out-of-Control Bernie Bros
Ellison’s comments appear to contradict mounting evidence that fans of the rabid socialist are out of control.
A series of videos released earlier this year by Project Veritas shows a number of paid Sanders staff allegedly talking about wanting to kill or harm political opponents.
“It’s gonna take militancy,” one such individual was caught saying on video, “like a militant labor movement that’s willing to…strike, and if necessary, you know, just destroy property and things like that.”
“What will help is when we send all the Republicans to the re-education camps (gulags),” another suggested.
In fact, Jurek is a paid campaign staffer. And his radical comments were news
KYLE JUREK, SANDERS CAMPAIGN FIELD ORGANIZER: If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or it goes to a second round at the DNC Convention. F*cking Milwaukee will burn.pic.twitter.com/dnjymZUWQl
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) February 5, 2020
Even Hillary Clinton has called out Sanders for his rabid base and their actions. She suggested Bernie’s camp has a pattern of going after women noting the “Bernie Bros” online attacks directed at his competitors, “particularly the women.”
“It’s not only him [Sanders], it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters,” Clinton complained. “It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women.
“I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it,” she concluded.
Looks like Hillary can answer Ellison’s question as well.
This piece originally appeared on ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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