(ConservativePeak.com) – It’s easy not to rate the early primary states and the influence they can have when you’re not winning them. But, Bernie Sanders very much is winning those states in the 2020 race, and so hypocrisy ensues.
Recently unearthed footage from an interview with Larry Wilmore of Comedy Central during the 2016 Democratic primaries shows Bernie Sanders brushing off the significance of the early voting states. The revealing footage resurfaces as Sanders fights a bitter battle with former Vice President Joe Biden in the South Carolina primary.
In the 2016 interview, Sanders suggested that the result of the South Carolina primary “distorts reality” and went as far as suggesting it was “rigged.” With what we know now about the Hillary Clinton campaign, it’s hard not to agree with him. However, it’s also hard not to recognize the total hypocrisy of brushing off early voting states when you’re losing them, and praising them when you’re winning them.
Which one is it, senator?
“Well, you know, people say, ‘Why does Iowa go first, why does New Hampshire go first,’ but I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality as well,” he said.
“Our path is with the math. We started off this campaign having to run in the Deep South,” he added, before being interrupted by Wilmore.
Sanders went on to explain that, since he had “got out of the South” his campaign actually started “doing pretty well.”
“When a lot of these so-called superdelegates begin to see which candidate is the strongest candidate…I think some of these guys are going to be coming our way,” he said.
Back during the 2016 race, Hillary Clinton remained the obvious frontrunner while Sanders stayed hot on her heels. Clinton was also the favorite among black voters, which resulted in Sanders failing to take many southern states. Things, however, are different this time as most Democratic candidates are unpopular with black candidates – particularly former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
During the 2020 race, other candidates have made similar claims to Sander’s 2016 comments. Even media pundits have made the suggestion thatearly voting states are too white – including CNN’s Van Jones.
“I just think that the idea of the caucus has failed to meet the viability threshold,” Jones said in a TV segment. “The idea of the caucus itself has failed to meet the viability threshold because we’ve all been saying the whole time, ‘Why Iowa in the first place? It’s 90% White.’”
Boy, the Democrats really are obsessed about race, aren’t they?