By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™
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Original Pub. Date: Aug. 9, 2015. Last Update: May 21, 2019.
Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to Bernie Sanders' history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (1941-) was born on Sept. 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, N.Y. of Jewish parents Eli Sanders (1904-62) and Dorothy Glassberg (1913-59). His paint salesman father Eli Sanders immigrated from Poland in the 1910s; the family he left behind ended up dying in the Holocaust. His mother Dorothy also came from a family of immigrant Jews who settled in the Lower East Side. Bernie's older brother Lawrence "Larry" Sanders (1934-) started out a Jewish-Am. radical like him before immigrating to Britain in 1968/9 and becoming a Green Party politician.
After growing up in a Brooklyn tenement, Bernie starts out as a typical wild-haired wide-eyed Jewish-Am. revolutionary in the anti-war and people's party movement, running for h.s. student pres. on a pledge to provide scholarships for orphans in Korea, and hosting a summer camp for underprivileged New York City children on some land in Vt. he bought. He attends Brooklyn College for one year, followed by the U. of Chicago, where he joins the Young People's Socialist League (YPSL), the youth arm of the Socialist Party of America, becoming active in the civil right movement, and a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), getting arrested in Chicago in 1963 for a sit-in protest against segregated campus housing. He also participates in the Aug. 27-28, 1963 Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at the end of which Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream Speech" in front of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1964 he receives a BA degree in political science, marrying first wife Deborah Shiling and working at various jobs in N.Y. and Vt. and spending several mo on a kibbutz in Israel, ending up living year-round in Vt.
In 1970 the nonviolent socialist Liberty Union Party is founded by former U.S. Rep. (D-Vt.) (1959-61) William Henry Meyer (1914-83) (most leftist member of Congress in 1937-2002) et al. out of members of the anti-war and people's party movements; Bernie Sanders joins in 1971, running for the Vt. state senate in 1974 and 1974, receiving 5,901 votes (4.1%) in 1974; in 1979 he resigns from the party, and becomes dir. of the Am. People's Historical Society (APHS), making a 30-min. documentary about Socialist pres. candidate Eugene V. Debs.
On Apr. 6, 1981 after defeating 6-term Dem. incumbent Gordon Paquette by 10 votes in a 4-way contest, Bernie became mayor of Burlington, Vt. (until Apr. 1989), serving four terms, defeating Dem. and Repub. candidates, incl. his last (1987) run, where he defeated Paul Lafayette, who was endorsed by both the Dems. and Repubs. After forming the Progressive Coalition, Sanders makes Burlington the first U.S. city with community-trust housing, sued the local cable franchise to get reduced rates, and revitalized the Lake Champlain downtown waterfront.
On Sept. 8, 1981 Bernie makes it to age 40 without earning a steady paycheck, living in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor with his first wife, who soon left him, going on unemployment, having a child out of wedlock, trying and failing at carpentry, then writing sick stories about masturbation for $50 apiece for left-wing mags. while driving a rusted-out Bondo-covered VW bug with defective windshield wiper, talking nonstop about the virtues of Socialism whiile the electricity to his messy apt. gets turned off a lot. He then runs for public office in Vt. 4x, losing badly each time, with only single digit support; in his 1971 bid for the U.S. Senate, the local press wrote: "Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with 'disturbed chilren'."
On Aug. 8, 1985 after attending a rally in Nicaragua where Pres. Daniel Ortega slams the U.S. govt. Bernie gives a TV interview, in which he slams Pres. Reagan, praises Commie dictator Fidel Castro, defends the Sandanistas in Nicaragua, and admits he's a full-blown Socialist; "Way back in, what was it, 1961, they invaded Cuba, and everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world and all of the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave their kids healthcare, totally transformed the society."
On Dec. 12, 1987 Burlington, Vt. mayor Bernie Sanders releases the album We Shall Overcome.
In June 1988 the Bernie Sanders Soviet Honeymoon sees Bernie and his new wife Jane visit the Soviet Union during the last days of the Soviet Union after launching a sister-city program with Yaroslavl 160 mi. NE of Moscow, where a photo is taken of him in a Russian banya shirtless singing "This Land is Your Land" that is later used against him in the 2016 U.S. pres. campaign.
On Jan. 3, 1991 after Repub. congressman Jim Jeffords decides to run for the U.S. Senate in 1988, allowing him to defeat Repub. Lt. Gov. Peter Smith by 56%-40%, Bernie becomes a U.S. Rep. from Vt. (until Jan. 3, 2007), becoming the first independent elected to the U.S. House of Reps in 40 years since Frazier Reams of Ohio; he goes on to win reelection with high margins, except in the 1994 election when he wins by 3.3% (49.8%).
In 1991 the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is formed by the Dem. Caucus of the U.S. Congress, with members incl. Vt. indep. Bernie Sanders, who becomes chmn. until 2001.
In 1991 and 2002 Bernie votes against resolutions authorizing the use of force in Iraq, and opposes the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
In 1993 Bernie votes for a Nat. Rifle Assoc. (NRA)-backed bill to restrict lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and again against the Brady Bill.
In ? Tex. billionaire Ross Perot gives him an Excalibur sword, with the advice "When media gives you a problem, take it out, threaten them!"
On Sept. 14, 2001 Bernie votes for the U.S. Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists Act (Public Law 107-40) to allow military force against those responsible for 9/11, which Pres. George W. Bush signs on Sept. 18. On Oct. 24, 2001 Bernie votes against the U.S. Patriot Act, which passses the House by 357-66.
On Oct. 9, 2002 Bernie gives a Speech on Iraq on a nearly empty U.S. Senate floor, accurately predicting that a U.S. invasion "could be extremely expensive", and could result in "uninended consequences" incl. a civil war, takeover by Islamist extremists, and increased danger to Israel.
During Bernie Sanders' 2006 reelection campaign, the Bernie Arcade Game is put online, allowing players to navigate Bernie's eco-friendly hydrogen-fuelled plane through unfriendly skies filled with extreme right wing enemies, bags of special interest money, mud from mudslingers, and fat cats, fighting back by shooting fact sheets while the Vt.-based Cleary Brothers band plays in the background; no matter how low your score is, a voice says "That is an unbelievable number."
On Jan. 3, 2007 Bernie becomes a U.S. Sen. from Vt. (until ?).
In 1999 Sanders supports the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, causing staffer (since 1998) Jeremy Brecher (an expert on globalization) to resign in protest.
On Apr. 30, 2015 dem. socialist Vt. Indep. Sen. Bernie Sanders announces his intention to run for U.S. pres. on the U.S. Capitol lawn; he officially launches his campaign on May 26 in Burlington, Vt., with the soundbyte: "I don't believe that the men and women who defended American democracy fought to create a situation where billionaires own the political process"; after announcing that he will not pursue Super PAC funding, he raises $1.5M within 24 hours, and $3M by May 30 (avg. $43 per donation); on July 2 his campaign announces that it has raised $15M from 250K donors (vs. 180K donors at the same point in Barack Obama's 2007 campaign). As of Apr. 2015 Bernie's net worth is $330,000, one of the lowest in the U.S. Senate.
On Aug. 8, 2015 (Sat.) (1st anniv. of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.) Bernie gives a speech in Seattle, Wash. on Social Security and Medicare, and is shut down by #BlackLivesMatter activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford and Marissa Johnson, causing him to release a racial justice platform on Aug. 9; meanwhile on Aug. 8 (night) Ferguson police shoot three protesters incl. Brown's friend Tyrone Harris Jr., who is critically injured.
On Aug. 10, 2015 Bernie gives a speech to the Nat. Nurses United in Oakland, Calif., saying that as pres. he will fight to enact legislation making all public colleges and universities in the U.S. tuition-free.
On Sept. 7, 2015 a NBC-TV Poll reveals that Bernie Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton in N.H. by 9 points, and closing in on her in Iowa (11 points); on Sept. 12 a poll shows him leading Hillary in N.H. by 52%-30%. On Sept. 12 Dem. Socialist Bernie, er, Jeremy Bernard Corbin (1949-) becomes head of the British opposition Labour Party, vowing to nationalize key industries, scrap Britain's nuclear missile system, and generally reverse the centrist policies of Tony Blair et al., pleasing Bernie; too bad, he's anti-American and anti-Israel, and a friend of Islamists. On Sept. 13 Dem. pres. candidate Bernie Sanders utters the soundbyte that he is against "perpetual warfare" in the Middle East, and that Saudi Arabia, Turkey et al. will have to "get their hands dirty" to settle unrest in Iraq and Syria. On Sept. 14 openly Socialist pro-gay anti-abortion Bernie Sanders gives a speech at supposedly evangelical Liberty U., drawing cheers when stating how his views differ from theirs. On Oct. 28 Dem. U.S. pres. candidate Bernie Sanders stinks himself up with the soundbyte that he is going to lead the fight against "Islamophobia" because his ancestors died in Nazi concentration camps; he never heard that Adolf Hitler was a big supporter of Jerusalem Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, who helped plan the Holocaust with him and mentored Jew-killer Yasser Arafat? On Dec. 18 after one of his staffers is caught peeking at confidential voter files owned by Hillary Clinton, causing the Dem. Nat. Committee to cut off his campaign from their voter database, Bernie Sanders sues them in federal court, after which they restore access fast.
On Jan. 11, 2016 (eve.) the 3rd Dem. Pres. Forum at Drake U. in Des Moines, Iowa, aired on Fusion focuses on minority issues. On Jan. 17 (eve.) the 4th 2016 Dem. Pres. Debate in Charleston, S.C., aired on NBC News, hosted by Lester Holt and Andrea Mitchell and sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus sees Hillary Clinton portray herself as Pres. Obama's heir, and Bernie Sanders call for a "political revolution" to break the power of the big corporations, becoming a V for Sanders after Hillary "did nothing in the debate to slow the momentum that Sanders is building in Iowa and New Hampshire" (Chris Cillizza, Washington Post). On Jan. 25 (eve.) the 4th Dem. Pres. Forum at Drake U. in Des Mones, Iowa, moderated by Chris Cuomo of CNN sees Hillary Clinton square-off against frontrunner Bernie Sanders, with also-ran Martin O'Malley tagging along; Hillary utters the soundbyte that her email setup wasn't "an error in judgment" because "nothing that I did was wrong". In Jan. Ben and Jerry's creates Bernie's Yearning ice cream, mint topped by a big disk of chocolate, uttering the soundbyte that Hillary Clinton is not a true progressive. n Feb. 1 (Mon.) the 2016 Iowa Primary is a push for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with Hillary edging him out by a fraction of 1 point; Ted Cruz (28%) wins the Repub. race (first Latino to win a primary), with Donald Trump (24%) coming in er, #2, and Marco Rubio (23%) 3rd; Hillary claims a V before the vote is counted, relieving a meltdown as the primary approached? On Feb. 4 the 5th 2016 Dem. Pres. Debate in Durham, N.H. sees Hillary Clinton demand that Bernie Sanders explain his "artful smears" about receiving campaign donations from Wall Street, with Sanders answering that there is an inherit "quid-pro-quo"; on Feb. 8 Hillary speaks at a community college in Manchester, N.H., uttering the soundbyte that Sanders accepted $200K from the main Senate fundraising arm of the Dem. Party, which receives money from Wall Street, and that she doesn't accuse him of letting that influence his opinions, so he should do ditto. On Feb. 5 Bernie Sanders speaks at the Politics and Eggs event in Manchester, N.H., uttering the soundbyte that he's not "Santa Claus", who wants to provide "a bunch of free stuff" for everyone. On Feb. 9 the 2016 N.H. Pres. Primary sees a record Repub. voter turnout with 263K, vs. 231K Dems, with 15% first-timers, most voting for Trump or Sanders; Donald Trump wins the Repub. vote with 35%, vs. 16% for John Kasich, 12% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Jeb Bush, 11% for Marco Rubio, and 7% for Chris Christie; Bernie Sanders wins the Dem. vote with 60%, vs. 38% for Hillary Clinton. On Feb. 11 (8:00 p.m. CST) the 6th 2016 Dem. Pres. Debate at the U. of Wisc. in Milwaukee, Wisc., aired on PBS and CNN and anchored by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill sees Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton square off on several issues incl. Henry Kissinger and Pres. Obama; after Hillary claims that she is better able to form the kind of coalition needed to advance the Dem. agenda incl. tax increases and racial, ethnic, or sexual equality, Sanders utters the soundbyte: "You're not in the White House yet", dissing her for insulting voters' intelligence by claiming that she's not affected by the millions of dollars going to PACs. On Feb. 17 Hollyweird actress Susan Sarandon tweets that it is "insulting" to think that women should vote for Hillary Clinton just because of her gender, expressing her support for Bernie Sanders with the soundbyte "I don't vote with my vagina." is a V for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders by 52%-47%; she actually only got 6,316 votes after spending millions of dollars, going from 40 points to 25 points 30 days earlier to 5 points ahead of Bernie at the end; the 2016 S.C. Repub. Primary is a V for Donald Trump over Marco Rubio (despite an endorsement by S.C. gov. Nikki Haley) and Ted Cruz, causing pathetic loser Jeb Bush to drop out of the race after squandering $150M. On Mar. 6 (Sun.) the 7th 2016 Dem. Pres. Debate in Flint, Mich. sees Hillary Clinton utter the soundbyte: "I think we have to try everything that works to try to limit the numbers of people and the kinds of people who are given access to firearms", causing Bernie Sanders to reply: "What you're really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America. I don't agree with that." On Mar. 11 violence by protesters pro and con causes a Donald Trump rally at the U. of Ill. in Chicago, Ill. to be cancelled; on Mar. 12 at a Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio protester Tommy DiMassimo rushes the stage; the mobs are the work of insidious billionaire George Soros?; meanwhile Charles Evers, brothers of civil rights legend Medgar Evans endorses Trump, with the soundbytes that he's "the best candidate", those obsessed with the KKK past have to "stop living in the past", and "I believe in him first of all because he's a businessman. I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi"; on Mar. 13 Trump blames Bernie Sanders' supporters for inciting protests at his rallies, vowing to send his own supporters to his events, defending his rallies by saying there have been "zero" injuries so far. On Mar. 22 Donald Trump wins the Repub. primary in Ariz., while thanks mainly to Mitt Romney plus an endorsement by Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz wins in Utah; Hillary Clinton wins the Dem. primary in Ariz., while Bernie Sanders wins Utah and Idaho; the Ariz. election was rigged to disenfranchize Bernie voters? On Mar. 26 (Super Sat.) Bernie Sanders scores a landslide V in Wash., Alaska, and Hawaii.
On Apr. 1, 2006 Bernie Sanders gives an interview to the New York Daily News, in which he utters the soundbyte that Israel killed "10,000 innocents" in Gaza in 2014 - and he calls Trump a habitual liar? On Apr. 13 U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) becomes the first U.S. senator to endorse Bernie Sanders for U.S. pres., saying that while Hillary Clinton is "strong and capable", Bernie is "boldly and fiercely" taking on the country's problems. On Apr. 14 (eve.) the 9th Dem. Pres. Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, N.Y. sees Bernie Sanders utter the soundbyte: "This is what you do do", later getting lampooned by comedians; he goes on to diss Israel, claiming that it has responded disproportionately to Palestinian provocations, and that Benjamin Netanyahu "is not right all of the time", adding that the U.S. "is going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity", and "I believe the United States and the rest of the world have got to work together to help the Palestinian people"; Hillary Clinton responds "I don't know how you run a country when you are under constant threat, terrorist attacks, rockets coming at you. You have a right to defend yourself", endorsing a two-state solution that "would give the Palestinians the rights... and the automony that they deserve", adding: "And let me say this, if Yasser Arafat had agreed with my husband at Camp David in the Late 1990s to the offer then Prime Minister Barak put on the table, we would have had a Palestinian state for 15 years." On Apr. 16 (Sat.) (6:00 a.m.) Bernie Sanders meets privately with Pope Francis for 5 min. at his residence in the Vatican to discuss a "moral economy". that Donald Trump is the "donkey of the decade". On Apr. 18 Bernie Sanders releases the video Love Trumps Hate, slamming anti-Muslim bigotry as distracting people from the real problems of wealth inequality and injustice.
On May 3, 2016 (Tues.) after Trump begins crowing that he's his party's presumptive nominee, the 2016 Ind. Pres. Primary is a crushing V for Donald Trump by 53.2% to 36.7%, causing Ted Cruz to drop out of the race, and Trump to try and mend his fences with a glowing tribute; Bernie Sanders defeats Hillary Clinton 53.1% to 46.9%, allowing his campaign to keep flying on a wing and a prayer; on May 6 Bernie hints at being open to being Hillary's running mate. On May 10 the W. Va. Pres. Primary is a V for Donald Trump (77% vs. 9% for Ted Cruz), and Bernie Sanders (51.4% vs. 35.8% for Hillary Clinton), keeping him in the race. On May 14 supporters of Bernie Sanders threaten to kill Nev. Dem. Party chairwoman Roberta Lange for rigging the convention. On May 17 the 2016 Ore. Repub. Primary is a V for Donald Trump with 63% vs 19% for John Kasic and 16% for Ted Cruz; meanwhile the PC blasts him for his old trick of pretending to be his own publicist, as if it matters whether he's personally on the other end of the phone blowing his own horn or paying somebody to do it for him; the 2016 Ore. Dem. Primary is a V for Bernie Sanders, with 53% vs. 47% for Hillary Clinton; the Ky. primary is a push, with 46.8% for Clinton and 46.3% for Sanders, a difference of 2K out of 400K votes.
On June 5, 2016 Pres. Obama talks with Bernie Sanders in a bid to unify the Dem. Party around Hillary Clinton, whom he plans on officially endorsing soon; on June 6 after winning in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman in U.S. history to secure the nomination of a major political party; Bernie Sanders calls it a "rush to judgment" because it counts unpledged superdelegates. On June 7 the 2016 Super Tues. Primary is a V for Donald Trump, who wins N.J., S.D., Mont., N.M., and Calif., breaking the Repub. primary vote record by 1.4M votes and reaching 1,536 delegates; Hillary Clinton splits the primaries with Bernie Sanders, winning Calif., N.J., N.M., and S.D., while Sanders wins N.D and Mont., giving her 2,184 pledged delegates vs. 1,804 for him, along with 571 superdelegates for Hillary and only 48 for Sanders.
On July 3, 2016 Shawn Lucas and Ricardo Villaba serve papers on the Dem. Nat. Committee in Washington, D.C. in Bernie Sanders' fraud class action suit, after which on Aug. 2 Lucas is found dead on his bathroom floor. On July 12 Bernie Sanders cops-out and endorses Hillary Clinton for U.S. pres. in Portsmouth, N.H., while taking veiled shots at her Wall Street contributions and superdelegates. On July 25-28 the 2016 Dem. Nat. Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn. starts out with Bernie Sanders supporters echoing the Repub. Convention with shouts of "Lock her up!", followed on July 25 by Debbie Wasserman Schultz being booed off the stage at a breakfast for the Fla. delegation; on July 25 (eve.) after his supporters disrupt the convention with stubborn determination to nominate him despite all, Bernie Sanders gives a speech, totally selling out to Queen Hillary, telling them to support her, and warning them against supporting Trump, saying that the choice is "not even close"; Michelle Obama gives a speech dissing Trump, with the soundbyte: "Don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on Earth"; Elizabeth Warren gives a speech that tears into Trump, while Bernie supporters heckle and boo her, shouting "We trusted you"; Sanders supporters later complain that their signs were ripped out of their hands and they were threatened with losing their credentials; there are no red-white-blue U.S. flags visible at the convention, but there are Soviet flags?; on July 26 (eve.) after Bernie Sanders officially names her, Hillary is officially nominated as his uncontrollable supporters walk out and storm the media tent, becoming the first woman nominated as U.S. pres. by a major political party, bringing out the female sexists bigtime as she utters the soundbyte "We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet"; ex-U.S. pres. Bill Clinton gives a glowing speech pushing his wife as a "change-maker"; on July 27 Donald Trump utters the soundbyte that he hopes the Russians "have the 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted", expressing hope that they will release them so that she can be exposed and prosecuted; the Dems. attempt to turn it around by claiming he's calling on the Russians to hack her, with Hillary's senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan uttering the soundbyte: "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent", when if they did it it was long ago, and he's just asking them to give us the booty so she can be prosecuted, not necessarily to interfere in an election; too bad, in June the Internat. Strategic Studies Assoc.'s Defense and Foreign Affairs mag. already pub. a warning that according to "reliable" sources, warnings to that effect had been received fom Moscow; on July 28 Trump flops and claims he was just being satirical; on July 27 (eve.) the Dems. pull out all the stops in their frantic effort to turn the polls around; billionaire Michael Bloomberg gives a speech claiming to be an independent who hates Trump because he's a "dangerous demagogue", with the soundbytes: "The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy", "The bottom line is, Trump is a risky, reckless, and radical choice, and we can't afford to make that choice", and "Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us"; Joe Biden gives a speech blasting Trump for his trademark phrase "You're fired!", with the soundbyte: "How can there be pleasure in saying you're fired? He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break. That's a bunch of malarkey"; Tim Kaine gives a speech, mocking Trump for his phrase "Trust me" while glowingly portraying Hillary as someone he'd trust to protect his son's life, with the soundbyte: "Hillary Clinton is lista (Sp. "ready"); after staying up until 3:00 a.m. to finish polishing it, Pres. Obama gives the final speech, starting with calling the upcoming election "a more fundamental choice of who we are as a people", knocking it out of the park by portraying Trump as a combo P.T. Barnum and Mussolini while portraying Hillary as the most qualified person in history to carry on his legacy, with the soundbytes: "Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadis or home-grown demagogues will always fail in the end"; "Our power doesn't come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don't look to be ruled"; "Tonight I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me", "America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump", "I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman - not me, not Bill, nobody - more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America", and "My time in this office hasn't fixed everything; as much as we've done, there's still so much I want to do", giving a glowing lecture on how great the U.S. and its Constitution is and how great its future is but messing it up with his love of Muslims, the very people who can ruin it?; as he leaves, Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" plays, beginning: "Like a fool I went and stayed too long"; on July 28 (eve.) after the convention mentions Donald Trump's name 332x in the first three nights, "God" actor Morgan Freeman narrates a highly selective video about her, filled with gushing praise from Bill Clinton and Pres. Obama, and Gen. John Allen blasts Trump for her, neutral white pants suit-wearing Hillary Clinton gives her big speech, which turns out to be a rehash of old speeches, calling the upcoming election "a moment of reckoning", blasting Trump as usual as a "little man" who is "moved by fear and pride", adding "A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons"; no surprise, she wants to open the U.S. to mass Muslim immigration, with the soundbyte: "We will not ban a religion", and dismisses Trump's wall with "We will not build a wall" and "We'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy"; before she speaks a bunch of Bernie Sanders supporters walk out, while others (who had their Bernie signs taken away) stay and display signs made up by changing the Hillary signs to "Liar", "Walk the Walk", "Keep your promises", "Yes we can REVOLT", and "Fighting for HERSELF"; Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-Am. soldier U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan (KIA in Iraq in 2004) utters the soundbyte: "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects minorities and women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country. Donald Trump, you're asking us to trust you with our future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?" (he meant the Quran, since he probably can't reach much English and knows that the Quran is the Constitution's archenemy?); the Dems. won't tell people that Khizr Khan has connections with Saudia Rabies, er, Arabia, which has given over $25M to the Hillary campaign, and is a suspected Muslim Brotherhood agent who wants to destroy the U.S. via mass Muslim immigration and replace it with an Islamic republic based on Sharia; later conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweets the soundbyte: "You know what this convention really needed? An angry Muslim with a thick accent like Fareed Zakaria"; Donald Trump immediately slams Hillary, with the soundbytes: "Hillary's refusal to mention radical Islam, as she pushes a 550% increase in refugees, is more proof that she is unfit to lead the country", "[America's] way of life is under threat by Radical Islam and Hillary Clinton cannot even bring herself to say the words", "Hillary's wars have unleashed destruction, terrorism and ISIS across the world", and "[Under her administration there will be] no borders, no jobs, no safety"; Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller utters the soundbytes that her speech was "an insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric", "She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life", and "Hillary Clinton says America is stronger together. But in Hillary Clinton's America, millions of people are left out in the cold"; on July 31 Trump starts a feud with Khizr Khan, starting with implying that his wife Ghazala Khan didn't speak at the convention because she's a Muslim, to which she replies that it was because she couldn't handle the grief, and Khizr Khan to utter the soundbyte: "He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country", causing Repbs. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Kelly Ayotte, Jeb Bush et al. to jump on Trump, who responds that Khizr's speech was probably scripted by the Hillary campaign, and it's not about him anyway, it's about radical Islam, adding: "If I were president Khizr Khan's son wouldn't have died" because Hillary voted for the Iraq War and he was against it; on Aug. 3 Trump meets with six Gold Star families in Jacksonville, Fla. before speaking at a rally of 15K; meanwhile Hillary receives big bucks from billionaire Nigerian Muslim jihadist Kase Lukman Lawal; Humayun Khan was really a Muslim jihadist trying to commit suicide while taking as many U.S. soldiers with him as possible, and they covered it up by making him a hero? On July 28 Bernie Sanders announces that he's quitting the Dem. Party and becoming an independent again.
On Oct. 2, 2016 former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani gives an interview to George Stephanopoulos of ABC-News, uttering the soundbyte that if Donald Trump legally avoided taxes for years, that proves "he's a genius, absolute genius... This was a perfectly legal application of the tax dode, and he would have been a fool not to take advantage of it", adding that Hillary Clinton had "obviously been programmed" to bring up Miss Universe Alicia Machado in their first debate; meanwhile leftist filmmaker Michael Moore gives an interview to NBC-TV's "Meet the Press", admitting that Trump can win the election because "I think they love the idea of blowing up the system", adding: "Across the Midwest, across the Rustbelt, I understand why a lot of people are angry, and they see Donald Trump as their human Molotov cocktail that they get to go into the voting booth on Nov 8. and throw him into our political system"; meanwhile Bernie Sanders gives an interview to CNN's "State of the Union", defending Hillary Clinton as the "superior" candidate for U.S. pres. despite an audio recording released on Sept. 30 showing her mocking his supporters as "children of the Great Recession" who "live in their parents' basements", admitting that it bothers him, and dissing Trump for a New York Times report that claims he might have been legally avoiding paying federal income tax for 18 years, saying: "This is an example of why so many millions of Americans are frustrated. They're angry. They're disgusted at what they see as a corrupt political system in this country"; meanwhile U.S. Sen. (D-Mo.) Claire McCaskill slams Trump on "Fox News Sunday" for the NYT report, with the soundbyte: "If you look at the way Donald Trump has conducted business, he crashes businesses into bankruptcy, leaving stores of businesses unpaid, people really hurting with the losses his companies have suffered. But he walks away unscathed, and it appears he walks away with a golden ticket that allows him, under the tax code, to avoid taxes for decades", adding that Trump's tax plan only benefits himself; meanwhile U.S. Senate minority leader (D-Nev.) Harry Reid calls Trump a "billion-dollar loser", calling for passage of the U.S. Presidential Tax Transparency Act that requires all U.S. pres. candidates to release their federal tax returns for the prior three years to the Federal Election Commission within 30 days, or have the U.S. Treasury Dept. do it. On Oct. 7 a recording of private comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood (cousin of Jeb Bush) is leaked by the anti-Trump Washington Post, in which he brags about his benefits of being a star, incl. an attempted seduction of Bush's married colleague Nancy O'Dell, with the soundbyte: "You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful. I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy", to which Bush replies "Whatever you want", pissing-off the PC police and causing House Oversight Committee chmn. (R-Utah) Jason Chaffetz to withdraw his endorsement, and fence-sitting House Speaker Paul Ryan to cancel an appearance with him on Oct. 8 in Elkhorn, Wisc., with the soundbyte: "I am sickened by what I heard here today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified"; Trump responds that "Bill Clinton has said far worse", apologizing if his remarks offend anyone, with the soundbyte: "I never said I was perfect", responding to predictable calls to quit the race with "Zero chance I'll quit... the support I'm getting is unbelievable", adding: "Go behind closed doors of the holier-than-thou politicians and pundits and see what they're saying. I look like a baby"; on Oct. 8 Mike Pence pulls out of the Wisc. event with Ryan, adding that he's offended too but is "grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people"; on Oct. 9 before the debate former New York City mayor defends Trump, with the soundbyte: "The fact is that men at times talk like that. Not all men, but men do. He was wrong for doing it. I am not justifying it. I believe it's wrong. I know he believes it's wrong. I believe that this is not the man that we're talking about today... Gosh almighty, he who is without sin here throw the first stone"; on Oct. 9 before the debate Pres. Obama weighs in with the soundbyte: "One of the most disturbing things about this election is just the unbelievable rhetoric coming at the top of the Republican ticket. I don't need to repeat it. There are children in the room, but demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans, that tells you a couple things. It tells you he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office"; meanwhile WikiLeaks releases excerpts from Hillary Clinton's Wall Street speeches that were sent to her top aid John Podesta in Jan., calling Bernie Sanders supporters a "bucket of losers" and admitting that she tells the public one thing and believes another, with the soundbyte: "My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders", causing political analyst David Wol to utter the soundbyte: "This will hit Hillary Clinton's campaign like a 9.0 earthquake when this is absorbed... This exposes her, literally, as a complete fraud" - and touchy-feely holier-than-thou male politicians are as big liars as Hillary? On Oct. 9 after they refuse to shake hands at the start, the Second Clinton-Trump Debate at Washington U. in St. Louis, Mo., moderated by Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News sees Donald Trump deflect his p---y scandal by dismissing it as "locker room talk", and take it to Hillary Clinton, staring out by saying that she'd "be in jail" if he was president, and accusing her of rigging her nomination race against Bernie Sanders, saying he "never had a chance", calling her every name in the book incl. "devil", with the soundbyte: "There's never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that's been so abusive to women" while she reciprocates, with "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country, to which he replies "Because you'd be in jail"; during the debate a fly lands on Hillary's nose, and she doesn't flinch; she wears Angel perfume by French fashion designer Thierry Mugler (1948-), which smells like shit?, or it is her? :); Trump scores round 0 points by holding a press conference one hour before the debate with sexual misconduct accusers of Bill Clinton incl. Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broddrick, Paula Jones, and Kathy Shelton, whom he sits in the front row; Trump scores a round by calling her out on her attempt to explain away a WikiLeaks revelation that she admits to having separate public and private positions by comparing herself to Honest Abe Lincoln, with the soundbyte: "Look, she got caught in a total lie... Now she's blaming the lie on the late great Abraham Lincoln... Honest Abe never lied... That's the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you" - Madame Secretary, you're no Abraham Lincoln?
On Feb. 19, 2019 Brooklyn, N.Y.-born Socialist U.S. Sen. (I-Vt.) (2007-) Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (1941-) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in 2020, raising $5.9M in the first 24 hours.
On Apr. 15, 2019 Bernie Sanders and his wife release their tax returns, showing more than $1M income in both 2016 and 2017.
On Apr. 22, 2019 Dem. pres. frontrunner Bernie Sanders utters the soundbyte that criminals in prison should be able to vote, incl. the Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, pissing-off pop star Cher, who earlier suggested that Los Angeles, Calif. take care of its own homeless before welcoming asylum seekers.