Bernie Sanders Gets Reasonable about Criminal Harassment

Does Bernie Sanders realize that Americans are seeing the madness of “the resistance” and recoiling from it?

Maybe there’s no need to look for a political motive in what Bernie Sanders said about the harassment Sarah Huckabee faced in the restaurant. I don’t like Sanders and regard him with suspicion. But I don’t know of anything he has done that would make me think he would approve of Maxine Waters’ call for action.

Whatever the reason, Sanders is sounding quite reasonable.

The Hill reports, “Bernie Sanders: Sarah Sanders has the right to ‘go into a restaurant and have dinner.’

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“I’m not a great fan of shouting down people or being rude to people,” Bernie Sanders said. “People have a right to be angry when Congress gives tax breaks to billionaires and then wants to cut nutrition programs for low income pregnant women.”

But he said that anger needs to be taken out in a “constructive way” and that people should not be kicked out of restaurants over political differences.

“Look, as I’ve said before, yeah, I think people have the right to go into a restaurant and have dinner,” […].

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The reason I considered a political motive is because the majority of those polled fear violence and a large minority expect open conflict:

The Washington Examiner reports, “Poll: 59% fear violence from Trump haters, 31% predict civil war.

The division in the United States that has escalated into the organized harassment of presidential aides has six in 10 worried about the violence from anti-Trump advocates and nearly a third fearing it will end in civil war.

The latest survey from Rasmussen Reports found that 59 percent of all voters “are concerned that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence.”

And, added Rasmussen, 31 percent believe “it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years.”

The new polling evidence […] follows the harassment of three top Trump aides […].

Are fears of a “civil war” rational? I think when you put together the violence with the harassment with the messages from the media and Hollywood, it makes sense for people to be scared about the possibility.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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