I was a Bernie Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. During the primaries, I fought like hell for him because I was and am tired of the incremental changes that continue to leave enough people behind that many have lost hope and removed themselves from the body politic.

Interestingly, most of my support came from Hillary Clinton supporters who ensured I became the Bernie delegate from my state Senate district in Texas, and they also helped me raise funds from both Bernie and Hillary supporters. They knew that many of us supporting Bernie had real policy issues with Hillary and were much more in tune with Bernie’s policies. It was not some rabid anti-Hillary or anti-woman edict, for the most part.

The idea was to fight like hell in the primaries and then support the nominee, whether it was Hillary or Bernie. When Hillary became the nominee, many of us fought like hell—both on the ground and online—to get the Democratic nominee elected.

It is concerning that 18 months after the election, many on both sides are fighting yesterday’s battle instead of uniting around the progressive struggle. Recently Bernie said the following, as reported by The Independent:

The senator for Vermont appeared to criticise the first black US President as he branded the Democratic Party a “failure”.

Speaking in Jackson, Mississippi, he said Democrats had lost a record number of legislative seats.

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,’ said the Vermont Senator.

“People sometimes don’t see that because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But beyond that reality…” Mr Sanders’ comments were quickly branded “patronising” and “deplorable”.

A good friend of mine wrote the following on Facebook regarding Bernie Sanders’ comment. It shows how twisting one comment can metastasize into potential hatred—unless one is interested in standing one’s ground and at the same time keeping the dialogue going by not taking attacks too personally.

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