Thank you for laying this out. I’ve been personally attacked and harassed so many times by Sanders supporters that I cannot in good conscience vote for him under any circumstance. And, due in large part to his populism, I really don’t see any difference between him and Trump. His supporters angrily tell me that they’re far left, but they support absolutely no leftist policy and have been helping to keep actual Democrats and progressives out of office or even take their seats. But it does annoy me that they try to cite the 2016 election for why Sanders should have the nomination ignoring the fact that throughout his entire career and especially during the 2016 election he’s only been a spoiler.

I’m sure you know about this, but what really gets me is when Sanders’ supporters try to claim that Sanders campaigned for Clinton. Yeah, technically he showed up, but only after the Clinton campaign agreed to fly him there on a private jet and rather than properly endorse her he had the nerve to tell voters “vote your conscience,” with the heavy implication that they shouldn’t vote Democrat. Sanders is on the wrong side of history in so many ways and it’s just infuriating that people insist he’s “progressive,” when he’s just your run of the mill populist. And he robbed us of our first female President. I just cannot forgive that. He’s as bad as Trump.

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