Monday night at the Democratic National Convention delegates on the floor spontaneously drove up the Twitter search of #HillaryRottenClinton. It soon spread out of the arena in Philadelphia and across the nation, reaching 42k in a matter of minutes and was ranked number six before Sanders’ supporters claim that Twitter had apparently interfered and eliminated it as a viable hashtag.
At this writing, Twitter is still showing it as a “trending topic.” But not the hashtag. So what gives?
It seems that not only is DNC Chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz tilting the scales for Hillary Clinton, but according to some Bernie Sanders’ supporters, executives at Twitter, feeling the heat from the powerful political leader, are doing the same. Or does someone else have an explanation?
Yesterday, we woke to the news that months ago top officials at the DNC were brainstorming on how to smear Bernie Sanders to Southern Baptist ministers in the Party. The insider emails pointed out that not only was Sanders a Jew, but that he was likely an atheist, which was apparently fair game for the DNC operatives, who were rigging the primary process in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Just before the weekend, the choice of Senator Tim Kaine as Clinton’s running mate, had infuriated Sanders’ supporters who had hoped for someone who might champion their goals. Kaine is seen as the darling of the Wall Street 1% which plays into fears of rank and file Bernie Sanders supporters.
So what is it that Bernie Sanders die hard’s believe? And what can Hillary do to win them over?
Many of the young people I spoke with see the American economy as co-opted by a new oligarchy. They spread the blame around to both Republicans and Democrats but most say it began in earnest with George W. Bush and the War in Iraq when billions of dollars were spent – off the books – resulting in a massive windfall for a few lucky corporations and, of course, the bankers who financed them. Meanwhile, the economy collapsed for everybody else.
But the Democrats don’t get off very easy either. Bernie supporters point to a University of California Berkeley study that shows the poor got poorer and the rich got richer under President Barack Obama.
According to the narrative of Bernie supporters, Obama stimulus legislation, that lawmakers admittedly did not read, provided massive exemptions from environmental regulations and other regulations for chosen big companies, all in the name of creating jobs, while small businesses had to keep them. The Federal Reserve made massive interest fee loans to some companies and nothing to others.
And corporate welfare, that is, direct money to companies from the taxpayers, soon towered above welfare to the poor and needy.
Both the Democrat and Republican political parties got money direct from the government pipeline to a few chosen, favored companies who in turn donated heavily back to the respective lawmakers.
According to Sander supporters, corruption in America has reached epic proportions. American now resembles a government on the subcontinent or in Latin America. And Hillary Clinton, who has telegraphed her willingness to be bought by apparently accepting donations to her Foundation in return for favors, is the epitome of that corruption.
The disheartened Sanders supporters declare that the American Dream is over. Supply and demand no longer work in a manipulated marketplace that is artificially controlled and its outcome predetermined by insiders who bet on what they know will happen.
Frustrated, heartbroken, weary, Bernie Sanders supporters inside the stifling Convention arena in Philadelphia tried to express themselves on Twitter, only to feel that this door too had been closed to them.
Perhaps it will all be unraveled tomorrow. Or perhaps they are asking to much. The Clintons, like the Lannisters from Game of Thrones, always pay their debts and there are too many people in corporate American who know that.