Bernie Fans March on the DNC and They Won't Vote for Hillary, Trump, or Gary Johnson

Reason interviews the Bernie Bros and Bro-ettes.

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At least a hundred pro-Bernie Sanders protesters made the long march from Philadelphia's City Hall to the headquarters of the Democratic National Convention on Monday afternoon—no easy feat, given the sweltering 97-degree heat. The progressive marchers had two things in common: they were soaked in sweat, and they hated Hillary Clinton.

"If Hillary Clinton becomes nominee, we will not vote for her," said one protester, a mom named Sarah Stovall who marched alongside her young daughter.

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It was a popular sentiment among the crowd. Many people carried signs that said "Never Hillary." There were even a few "Hillary for Prison" signs—a slogan generally reserved for pro-Trump Republicans.

Two hundred people do not represent the entire core of the Democratic Party, of course. But the energetic protest is a sign that Clinton is little loved by her far-left base. The crowd overwhelmingly consisted of young people—an age group with which Clinton garners scant enthusiasm. (Trump has issues with millennials as well.)

"No Hillary," said another woman. "Never Hillary. She's the 1 percent and also she's a warmonger."

The rally represented a range of other issues, from Black Lives Matter to climate change to drug legalization. The focal point of the march was a giant inflatable joint bearing the message "BERNED BY THE DNC." Recent revelations concerning the DNC—the perception that former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sabotaged Sanders—were a source of frustration for the protesters, who clearly believed their champion wasn't given a fair chance.

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"I'm protesting against the DNC," said Diana Doughty, a 25-year-old who described herself as "pretty much Bernie or bust." She said she would vote for Jill Stein if it came down to Clinton or Trump.

Indeed, Stein was largely seen as the only plausible alternative, if Clinton does indeed clinch the nomination as expected. No one seemed to be for Trump, and the few people I spoke with showed little love for Gary Johnson.

"I'm interested in [Johnson] but I have some concerns," said Allison Martin, a young woman who wasn't sure who she would end up voting for. Martin said her top issue was "staying out of additional and unnecessary wars."

While the march was almost entirely anti-Hillary, not everyone was fully committed to backing an alternative. One young man, KC Miller, called the Bernie-or-Bust-crowd a "disgrace," even though he was surrounded by them.

"They're going to let Donald Trump become the next President of the United States of America," said Miller. "Donald Trump just pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton," he added, referencing a recent poll. "We can't divide the party."

When I mentioned that I wrote for a libertarian magazine, Miller added that he was rooting for Gary Johnson to qualify for the debates.

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  1. I wonder if Hillary will have these people murder droned before the DNC starts? Maybe something more old fashioned like mustard gas.

  2. The communal odor matches exactly to the one found inside Bernie’s ancient Florsheims.

    1. You’re gonna vote for someone with more than two pairs of underwear??? #TaxTheRich

      1. Just how many pairs of underwear do you really need?

  3. What’s the tee-shirt in the last pic? ‘Fuck the Froyo?”

    Can’t quite make it out.

      1. Well that ruins it. I was hoping that the Bernie Bros had finally realized the FroYo was a tool of Big Yogurt.

        1. FroYo is actually a symptom of the disease that is Neoliberal World Order, dude. The alleged involvement of Big Yogurt in the FroYo marketplace is actually a distraction from what is REALLY going on.

    1. Far right, I think is “Fuck the DNC”.

    2. What’s the tee-shirt in the last pic? ‘Fuck the Froyo?”

      They are vegans who discovered that the DNC serves dairy-based Frozen Yogurt

      You have no idea how upset vegans can get when they feel betrayed.

      1. Watching him examine his pizza like a 4 year then throwing a tantrum was great. Flossing while sitting on his exercise ball chair was nice too.

      2. What a whiny little bitch-assed punk.

  4. “I’m interested in [Johnson] but I have some concerns,” said Allison Martin, a young woman who wasn’t sure who she would end up voting for. Martin said her top issue was “staying out of additional and unnecessary wars.”

    A necessary war being the one in which I’m conscripted to pay for pretty much everything.

    1. The concerns had to do with Johnson actually proposing a spending cut.

  5. “The crowd overwhelmingly consisted of young people”

    Not according to the pictures you posted.

    However, I do like the young man with the Fuck the DNC shirt. These Bernie supporters sure have PR skills.

    1. There’s no hippie like an old hippie.

  6. Yeah but trump is going to kill all the brown people so you have to vote for hill-dog

    1. Trump is going to invade Poland
      Can’t forget that

      1. Which begs the age-old question, how many Poles does it take to stop Trump?

  7. I’m genuinely curious what Jill Stein would do if Clinton and Trump have total meltdowns and she actually became president by defeating Johnson. She has zero actual experience in business, government (unless you count “town meeting representative” of a really small town in MA) or managing any number of people (outside of her quixotic Green Party campaigns).

    I mean, I just find it shocking that people are willing to vote for a person who would be completely unprepared in any way, shape or form to be in the Oval Office.

    She’s also a quasi-anti-vaxxer because CORPORATIONS ARE EVILLZZZ!!!

    1. When was the last time we actually elected somebody who wasn’t “completely unprepared in any way, shape or form to be in the Oval Office”? 2004?

      1. 1988

        1. Bush II had served as, and even been reelected as, governor of one of the biggest states. That’s gotta count as executive experience.

    2. If she spent 4 years figuring out how it works and not doing anything, she would still be 1,000 times better than Trump or Clinton trying to do stuff to us.

    3. I’m genuinely curious what Jill Stein would do

      Jill Stein would be just as good as Trump: she’d be screaming at the top of her lungs for her entire (single) term and keep vetoing bills, while Congress would refuse to talk to her.

      I mean, I just find it shocking that people are willing to vote for a person who would be completely unprepared in any way, shape or form to be in the Oval Office.

      It’s the ones that are “completely prepared” that you have to worry about.

  8. You aren’t cool or hip unless free shit and forced redistribution is your bag. Sorry glibertarians, GJ just isn’t hip enough.

    1. Harry Reid told me it was all completely voluntary. Nothing forced at all!

  9. There were even a few “Hillary for Prison” signs?a slogan generally reserved for pro-Trump Republicans.

    And those of us who, perhaps naively, continue to believe in a universally applicable rule of law.

    1. It does apply universally to all peasants.

        1. Not correct. Law doesn’t apply to the peasants who are the favored pets of the ruling class either.

          1. The Clintons prefer the term “playmate”; “pet” sounds like it involved bestiality.

    2. ^Authoritarian Law Trumpist^

      1. fuckin’ ampersands

      2. The line about Christie and his “prosecution” shtick after Tuesday was just absurd. You can’t listen to Comey’s damning fourteen minutes of testimony before wrapping it up with his decision not to recommend an indictment and not conclude that he did so for political rather than legal reasons. None of it served to exculpate Hillary: in fact it demonstrated, even better than the sham prosecution Lynch would have had to undertake, that Hillary belongs to a class of people simply beyond the reach of law. He revealed, as if anyone doubted it, that power trumps process and that Hillary is a very powerful person indeed.

        So listening to Christie whip up a crowd and get them shouting for Hillary to be held accountable wasn’t some “banana republic” farce, as some commentators, including a handful of conservatives, put it. Her glad-handing by Comey at the last minute is the stuff of banana republics.

        1. Comey simply realized that things might be a little awkward in January if he didn’t dial it back…

          1. If Trump wins, how long do you think Comey will last?

            1. You’re fired!

  10. “Never Hillary. She’s the 1 percent and also she’s a warmonger.”

    “So she’s *twice* as bad as Michelle Obama.”

  11. Those people marching and having their pictures plastered all over the media is about the best thing that could happen for . . . I don’t know who it benefits more, Hillary or Trump.

    I suppose it’s hard to make fruit loops understand that mainstream America isn’t wowed by marching fruit loops.

    It probably helps Hillary more. People can look at the fruit loops all marching against her and say, “Well, if the fruit loops are marching against Hillary, then she can’t be all bad”.

    You know why advertisers don’t use 75 year old hippies in red, white, and blue striped overalls with giant turquoise necklaces around their necks and a basket of fake flowers as spokesmodels?

    Because they’re unappealing.

    The weirdos on the beach in Venice would think that guy is a weirdo.

    1. Come on, man…it’s my first political convention. And I made those overalls and that necklace myself.

    2. It helps Putin.
      Everything helps Putin.

      Except low oil prices.

    3. Maybe they should try to get Willie Nelson. He has mainstream appeal.

    4. Also, just look at the muscle mass on that guy. Confirmed vegan.

  12. By all means vote for a third party! The communist party is endorsing the People’s Democratic Party, but the National Socialist Envirobeiterpartei is–I hear–fielding a plank calling for repeal of some prohibition. This is unprecedented. Never has a looter party taken a manly stand against prohibitionism–even if only to the extent of unmanacling a single arm. Their religion based on doom prophesies that, since the 1960s have failed to materialize by the deadlines, continues just as unquestioned as National Socialist Christianity, so it is defintely mainstream by any definition of the term.
    But spoiler votes are wasted on shrinking parties as a mathematical proposition. This may be why the commies threw in the towel.

  13. …and the few people I spoke with showed little love for Gary Johnson.

    Even though it’s pretty obvious Johnson and Sanders are completely interchangeable policy-wise, the Libertarian Party candidates show just a little too much Clinton love for the BernieBots to forgive.

  14. When I mentioned that I wrote for a libertarian magazine, Miller added that he was rooting for Gary Johnson to qualify for the debates.

    Random asshole at the Democrat’s convention is more attune than Reason contributors to the likely pool of voters from which the LP will draw.

  15. These pictures are terrifying. What has been seen cannot be unseen.

    1. Hippie fruit loops are the Democratic Party’s clitoris.

  16. You know who else fomented revolution in Philadelphia?

  17. RE: Bernie Fans March on the DNC and They Won’t Vote for Hillary, Trump, or Gary Johnson

    “Never Hillary. She’s the 1 percent and also she’s a warmonger.”

    Was this person talking about Heil Hitlery or Trump the Grump?

    1. Bernie was cast in the role of Grumpy Old Man. Trump can’t have it.

  18. RE: Bernie Fans March on the DNC and They Won’t Vote for Hillary, Trump, or Gary Johnson
    Reason interviews the Bernie Bros and Bro-ettes.

    I guess they’ll have to write in their favorite candidate, Comrade Sanders.
    If that fails, they will write in their favorite person of all time, Joseph Stalin.
    Some things never change.

  19. As a final fuck you to Bernie fans, the Clinton-Fleetwood Mac will reunite for 2016 and make “Go Your Own Way” the campaign song.

  20. Surely you’re not surprised at zero enthusiasm for Johnson. Yes there should be some, but the libertarian take on climate change is just so irredeemably stupid and anti-science, there isn’t a chance a Sanders supporter can see his way to Johnson. Maybe you missed that fighting climate change was a major part of Sanders campaign.

    1. I kind of hope that the average Bernie fan can be swayed by whoever says “pot ass sex Mexicans” the loudest.

      It genuinely chills me to think that most of these loonbags actually love and believe in socialism.

    2. What is your plan to combat climate change and can you show how it would abate the problem? can you properly define the problem as well?

      1. How you doin’ tonight, tornado?

    3. There is no “libertarian take on climate change” you mendacious collectivist fuckstick.

      1. Exactly. It’s ignored. Well done! You’re quick on the uptake.

    4. its fun pretending that they’re all concerned environmentalists, isn’t it?

    5. I am glad to hear that you have the courage to follow your convictions. I expect nothing less than no more posts from you because you offed yourself. Cease your CO2 expiration! You fucking Luddite!

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  23. “They won’t vote for Hillary, Trump or Johnson”

    #WorsethanHitler

  24. “At least a hundred pro-Bernie Sanders protesters made the long march from Philadelphia’s City Hall to the headquarters of the Democratic National Convention on Monday afternoon”

    Its the tangible Road to Serfdom!

  25. Bernie Bros vote for Jill, AlwaysCucks vote for Gary, and Trump and Hillary supporters carry on.

    I’m thinking advantage Trump. More stinking hippies than bowties.

  26. Well, they may be confused about what they want, but at least they recognize that Hillary is a corrupt liar.

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