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Former Clinton Campaign Staffer Accuses Bernie Sanders of Failing to Mention Race, Gender in Speech That Explicitly Mentioned Race, Gender

There's intersectionality in theory, and then there's intersectionality as practiced by the most hysterically identity-obsessed activists.

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One of the more straightforwardly dishonest aspects of the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries were certain Hillary Clinton supporters' efforts to portray rival Bernie Sanders as out-of-touch with black and female voters, even though his record on race and gender issues was at least as progressive as Clinton's.

Some Clinton partisans are still pushing this narrative. Enter Zerlina Maxwell, a former communications staffer for the 2016 Clinton campaign and current director of progressive programming at Sirius XM Radio. Maxwell, a black woman, appeared on MSNBC to react to Sanders' campaign kick-off speech at Brooklyn College on Saturday. She was not impressed.

"To be very serious about it, I clocked it," said Maxwell. "He did not mention race or gender until 23 minutes into the speech. And just for point of comparison, I looked at Elizabeth Warren's opening speech for example, she mentioned race and discrimination in the first paragraph. So that's a big difference and as somebody who is a black woman, knowing that black women are going to be a core constituency for any Democrat who hopes to win the nomination, I was looking to hear messaging specifically for my community, and I did not, at least until 23 minutes into the speech." Maxwell went on to accuse Sanders of failing the test of intersectionality.

But Sanders did not wait until minute 23 of his speech to address race and gender. He brought them up at the 5-minute mark: "The underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred, and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious bigotry."

This was one of his very first substantive remarks: The only reason it did not occur sooner is because the crowd kept interrupting him with applause, and Sanders took several minutes to thank the various speakers who introduced him—three of whom were black. (One was the Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King.)

In case there were any confusion, Sanders also declared that his vision for the country was based on economic, social, racial, and environmental justice. As The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald points out, "Sanders did not just mention race and gender once in his speech before the 23-minute mark Maxwell claimed, but did so repeatedly. It was not only the major theme of the speakers who introduced him but a primary theme of his own speech from the start."

Maxwell eventually conceded some ground, tweeting: "I've rewatched since yesterday and while I can acknowledge that I missed the passing line at 6 minutes I stand by my point since talking about criminal justice is not the same thing as talking about race and gender and if you don't get why Bernie won't win….again."

For the record, Sanders clearly talked about race and gender outside the context of criminal justice as well.

This incident highlights the disconnect between intersectionality in theory and intersectionality as practiced by the most hysterically identity-obsessed activists. If intersectionality merely means that progressives must consider how all sorts of injustices overlap, then Sanders is clearly an intersectional progressive. But if it requires its adherents to themselves be the victims of overlapping identity-based oppressions—to not just support the right causes but also possess a number of immutable characteristics—then a white male like Sanders will never be good enough.

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91 responses to “Former Clinton Campaign Staffer Accuses Bernie Sanders of Failing to Mention Race, Gender in Speech That Explicitly Mentioned Race, Gender

  1. Race, gender, bias. That is all that matters, and white people are awful and need to be exterminated.

    That seems to be the conventional wisdom.

    Thanks, Democrats!

    1. Let’s create a system that demonizes one group that is still a majority of the electorate and lets every group but that one play the most vicious and vulgar forms of identity politics. That ought to work out so well.

      1. It will if you can convince enough white voters that they deserve to be exterminated. In some areas that seems to be working out as they strive ever harder to embrace their privilege.

        1. e.g. almost every suburban area that was once represented by a Republican.

        2. It will if you can convince enough white voters that they deserve to be exterminated.

          “Don’t worry though, it will be those other icky white people; you’re one of the good ones!”

          Several struggle sessions later…

          “Die, counter-revolutionary cis-white scum!”

        3. Well Bernie sure convinced them in Vermont, Whiteopia personified.

      2. A house divided against itself cannot stand or something.

        The cognitive dissonance on the morality of identity politics is truly something to behold.

      3. At some point the reality of the racist progressive agenda will sink in and begin to cause real harm. And then the pendulum will swing; things could get (more) ugly at that point.

        1. Yup. It is almost like the want a return to white supremacy.

      4. That awkward moment when you realize the KKK is white christian identity politics

        1. “It’s only racist when Whitey does it”

    2. Yes exactly. They are working so hard for Trump to win once again. Sometimes I almost think that is secretly what they really want.

    3. This can’t be said enough. Mostly because it is funny.

    4. “That is all that matters, and white people are awful and need to be exterminated.”

      White people are perfectly capable of exterminating themselves. Birth rates have never been lower, suicide rates have never been higher.

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    1. Mwhahahahaha!

      *rubs hands together*

    2. Or this particular nitwit staffer THINKS she’s running. Or just can’t let go of justifying the way the Party Panjandrums mugger Sanders to nominate Her Shrillness. Or something.

    3. Come now, Fist, you can’t be surprised at this can you?

      Hillary has spent nearly a half century being publicly humiliated by Bill just so she could sit in the Oval Office. She’s not going to give up now just because she is old as dirt and as popular as Ebola disease.

  2. At this point why would any white person, especially a white male ever vote Democrat? The entire party seems to be based on hatred and envy of white people.

    1. It not so much that they would vote out of self interest; but they are able to virtue signal at the ballot box and believe they are sufficiently insulated from any real consequences to themselves. I think this is often the case with urban and suburban voters from well to do areas.

      1. It is their way of virtue signaling their moral superiority over other whites. I understand how horrible it is to be white and in understanding that I am morally superior to those who don’t. It is fucking bizzare.

        1. The vast majority of the Progressive/Socialist/Communist/Radical Left has been going bugs hit for quite a while. I think it really started when THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO was first published in English. The crumbling of their sanity speeded up when the Berlin Wall came down, and more went when the USSR collapsed. The wonderfulness of the Soviet Union really was the lynchpin of their existence, and with it gone there hasn’t been anything to hold them together.

    2. I’m a white libertarian who votes Democrat because the GOP has been taken over by alt-right white nationalist Handmaid’s Tale villains who are pawns of a hostile foreign power. Your priorities are flawed if you think a Clinton staffer’s innocent stopwatch error is scarier than that.

      1. Commas. Why do you hate them? Are they cis-white?

        1. They are just a ‘half measure’, and therefore anathema to any true socialist.
          (not OBL of course, that is different)

        2. He is not a commanist!

      2. If you think that the alt-right is scarier than the Progressive Left, then you have misunderstood the history of the 20th Century. If you think that the GOP has been taken over by “white nationalist Handmaid’s Tale villains” then your meds need adjusting.

        1. Ctrl-Left

      3. “alt-right white nationalist Handmaid’s Tale villains who are pawns of a hostile foreign power”

        Could you trim that down a bit? It’s way too long to fit on a bumper sticker.

      4. Fantastic sarcasm, especially the last sentence.

        For those who don’t get it, the real problem is not the error with the stopwatch, but what it was being used for. Beautiful, subtle red herring.

    3. White guilt.

      1. Don’t ding ding. A healthy dose of self loathing, too. And, as the recent study shows, people vote the way their parents did.

    4. “At this point why would any white person, especially a white male ever vote Democrat?”

      Free shit.

      1. Indoctrination in school for 16 years…

    5. Why bother to vote at all? Practically anything is a better use of the calories and time required.

      They do it because their progressives friends pat their backs for being good soldiers.

    6. I hope it’s finally sinking in to everyone here that the progressives are not just political opponents, but an existential threat to our freedom that must be dealt with.

      They will never go away on their own.

  3. As The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald points out

    Ugh. Have I mentioned how much I hate Glenn Greenwald? Such a #TrumpRussia denialist phony “progressive.”

  4. Spewer of Nonsense Flings Poo at Other Spewer of Nonsense.

    Film at 11.

  5. And Libertarians care because…….

    1. … It’s entertaining.

  6. Can we stop citing The Intercept Robbie? They are more anti semetic and proud of it than Ilhan. They have one or two non deranged articles a month.

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  8. Don’t concern troll Democrats. We’re going to nominate Bernie Sanders because he has a fanatical base of support and he’s running against 100 other people. Let us sane Democrats grieve in peace.

    1. Good luck getting an old white guy to turn out the black vote. Who will be his token VP to handle that, do you think?

      1. I think Bernie is so far up his own ass that he hasn’t even once thought about a running mate.

        1. Stacey Abrams needs a job, that would be a no-brainer on so many levels.

          1. Too young.

        2. My guess would be Tulsi Gabbard, not that I think he has much chance of getting the nomination. The super delegates will make sure of that. Even if he does, he does not stand a chance against Trump who has a fantastic economic record to stand on alone, let alone the fact he has kept promise after promise of his campaign stance.

    2. With all the publicity about alleged changes to the national nominating convention, exactly how is the fix going to be put in this time?

    3. This is very disappointing, if true.
      We could all use a good laugh when Comrade Bernie opens his mouth about the benefits and joys of socialism.
      Maybe the democrats will nominate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for VP.
      Her comments have proven hysterically laughable so far.

      1. AOC will not be eligible to run for president (and hence VP) until the 2028 election.

        I’m pretty sure the fad will have run its course by then.

        1. Considering her egotistical behaviour and the fact she was instrumental in NY losing thousands of jobs, I will actually be surprised if she gets re-elected to congress for a second term. She is certainly building up a lot of enemies among the Democratic incumbents and I have no doubt she will be primaried and a lot of DNC money will be thrown behind her opponent. Every stupid statement she has ever made and will make between now and her next election will be brought up. It will be a slaughter.
          If you think the DNC hate Trump, just wait until AOC’s election

    4. The last sane Democrat was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and I doubt your his reanimated corpse.

  9. Hahahaha,

    I’m loving the democrat/progressive/socialist/communist infighting!!

    Keep it up!

    ahahahaahhahaaaaaaaaaa

  10. “To be very serious about it, I clocked it,” said Maxwell. “He did not mention race or gender until 23 minutes into the speech.”

    “And then, to be super serious about it, I took an overdose of sleeping pills.”

  11. “This incident highlights the disconnect between intersectionality in theory and intersectionality as practiced by the most hysterically identity-obsessed activists.”

    Maybe the “intersectionality” crowd is full of dishonest bozos. Did that possibility occur to you, Robby? Why do you even bother to use the language of these morons?

  12. Sorry, you lost me when you said Shaun King is black.

  13. Who cares what he actually said or left out?
    We’re in a post-truth society.
    From the left and right.
    Every statement is inherently racist, classist and sexist.
    Every assault accusation is inherently credible.
    Meh, I’d rather hang out with my dog than with people.

    1. Girleeee gets it.

  14. I’m just glad we’re mentioning race and gender at all. It’s the last talked-about subject in America.

    1. Yes, it’s long past time we started having a national discussion about these important issues.

  15. Whoa whoa whoa. Let’s be absolutely clear about this. Bernie Sanders is not white.

    1. Wait, he’s Lizzy’s long lost Cherokee brother?

  16. “then a white male like Sanders will never be good enough.”

    Sanders still has a chance. He’s not a white male, Sanders is an old white man, almost 80.

    1. Could you at least TRY to make some sense

      1. I thought it was reasonably clear. Despite being white and male, Sanders still has some intersectional tricks up his sleeve, ie his extreme old age.

        1. Whoa there Comrade! You’d better review your Victimization Pyramid chart before the next Party meeting. You seem to be forgetting that old people are only good for the nutrients they have that might be extracted for the use of the State.

          Bring your Red Card to the meeting ’cause you’re getting a corner torn off.

          1. How nice it is to be able to indulge in our extermination fantasies among friends.

            1. Could you at least TRY to make some sense

              1. “Could you at least TRY to make some sense”

                I have tried. It’s not worth the effort. Nonsense is what you deserve and I will see to it that nonsense is what you shall be fed.

        2. Yeah no, they don’t care about that.

          1. Who don’t care about what?

            1. Intersectionals dinna care about anything after “white male”

      2. I think he genuinely couldn’t. The pills he takes to keep him from chasing imaginary zebras unfortunately preclude him from making sense.

  17. Being out of touch with reality is more than just an accident for the proggies.
    Being out of touch with reality is a way of life for them.

    1. This sounds like it was meant to be snark.
      But it’s the ugly reality.

  18. I think by now that we can take it as read than anyone who worked for Clinton is utterly devoid of integrity.

    -jcr

    1. I think by now that we can take it as read than anyone who worked for Clinton is utterly devoid of integrity.

      In the case of a fair number of them, it’s because they’re dead!

  19. I, for one, would love to see a Bernie-Cortez ticket. The spectacle of it all would be grand. And it would help soothe the pain over losing my bet that Oprah would throw her hat into the ring.

    1. Bernie is still not left enough for AOC. She is on a level of her own

  20. I can’t see how they can make this ‘hatred for white people’ work. Whites make up over 80% of the population and the Dems are demonising them. Then they wonder why they lose elections. There is nothing people hate more than being labelled with terms like ‘rascist’ when they are no such thing. Being forces into self loathing for simply being a certain skin colour.

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  22. What’s amusing about this is that, without realizing it, the socialists are demonstrating how free-market competition works — it’s just that the commodity being produced and consumed is outrage, rather than food or houses or cars. The conspicuous consumption in this market (sharing on social media and other forms of “did you hear that…?”) would put an 80s yuppie to shame. The manufacturers are working like mad to boost their production, talk up their brand at the expense of competitors, and invent variations to make themselves stand apart in the marketplace.

  23. All it means, Robbie, is that the Hilary Clinton acolytes are still pissed at Sanders for his role in denying Her Majesty her coronation for a second time.

    I can only imagine what they must be saying in private about Barack Obama.

  24. That’s a Babylon Bee-worthy headline, Robby.

  25. the democrats govern america similarly to how the british and other european maintained control over colonial territory. divide population into identities. bribe the elite. replace indigenous population with minority group of foreigners who are beholden to democrats. give minorities unearned legal privileges based on ethnicity further enflaming ethnic tensions. tax indegenous population to pay for gibs for immigrants. as in the subcontinent, palestine, greater syria the ultimate wages will be partition.

  26. Bernie Sanders; aren’t his initials BS for a reason?

  27. ‘ But Sanders did not wait until minute 23 of his speech to address race and gender. He brought them up at the 5-minute mark:
    “The underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred, and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious bigotry.”

    This was one of his very first substantive remarks ‘

    This piffle is what passes for “substantive” at Reason.

    Clown Show.

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