Et tu, Bernie?
Courtesy of Politico:
The nonaggression pact between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is seriously fraying.
Sanders’ campaign has begun stealthily attacking Warren as a candidate of the upper crust who could not expand the Democratic base in a general election, according to talking points his campaign is using to sway voters and obtained by POLITICO.
The script instructs Sanders volunteers to tell voters leaning toward the Massachusetts senator that the “people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that “she’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”
“I like Elizabeth Warren. [optional]” the script begins. “In fact, she’s my second choice. But here’s my concern about her.” It then pivots to the criticisms of Warren.
The Sanders campaign did not challenge the authenticity of the script, but it declined to comment. The Warren campaign also declined to comment.
The Warren campaing may have declined to comment but this is what Elizabeth herself had to say:
Warren hits back: “I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me. Bernie knows me and has known me for a long time…I hope bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.” Also notes the “factionalism” caused by 2016 https://t.co/ER0Vm6sgJS pic.twitter.com/N8prZdeZk9
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) January 12, 2020
You can actually hear the pain in her voice, and feel her sense of betrayal.
Apparently Bernie has decided that if he is going to beat Donald Trump he is going to have to adopt some of his strategies, and in Trump land there is no room for friendship or loyalty.