As the Stop Bernie movement gathered momentum, two days before Super Tuesday voting Mayor Pete Buttigieg cut a deal with the DNC powers that be and quit. C-BS 60 Minutes headlined Mike Bloomberg the same evening in the DNC's efforts to consolidate Trump-haters apart from the more violent Sanders' base. Sen. Amy Klobuchar quit one day before the voting after Black Lives Matter stormed the podium at a speaking event in her home state of Minnesota. One-third of the nation votes on Super Tuesday.
""Look, it is no secret, I mean the Washington Post has 16 articles a day on this, that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders, that's not a secret to anybody in this room... that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders, that's not a secret to anybody in this room. ... The corporate establishment is coming together. The political establishment is coming together and they will do everything. They are really getting nervous that working people are standing up."
President Trump encouraged Sanders to resist and fight on,
"Congratulations Bernie, & don't let them take it away from you!"
"simmering tensions within the Democratic Party are apparent. Establishment officials are struggling to mask their concern about Bernie Sanders' strength with polls showing the self-described democratic socialist running strong in both Iowa and New Hampshire. The Big Questions. Can the establishment stop Bernie? We've seen a rash of establishment-minded Democrats speak out against Sanders...
Hillary Rodham Clinton said only days before the voting in Iowa began,
"it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women. I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it....He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him. Nobody wants to work with him. He got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
NBC political news director and host of Meet the Press Chuck Todd compared the Bernie Bros to Nazi Stormtroopers, calling them a "digital brownshirt brigade" and was called out by the Anti-Defamation League for anti-Semitism. A Wall Street Journal op-ed compared Sanders to Barry Goldwater and George McGovern.
- Bernie Derangement Syndrome
- Michael Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign