Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am all in with Bernie Sanders. I am no fan of Hillary Clinton and I never have been. But I did vote for her in the general election in an effort to do my part to block Trump.
Yes, the people at the DNC violated the bylaws in favor of Hillary and they sabotaged Bernie. We all know that. What they did is despicable.
Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, John Podesta, Donna Brazile, and others are not forgivable but they are no longer at the DNC and we can only hope that together Tom Perez and Keith Ellison will rebuild and revamp it into a strong and progressive committee. We must move forward together if we are to regain seats. This is urgent!
The emails were real. Most people don’t care about who hacked them. In one sense, it doesn’t matter. If your partner cheats on you and then an anonymous person sends you the evidence of those cheating text messages, you don’t care who that anonymous person is – it’s the text messages that matter.
In a larger sense, however, it might matter. If there was Russian collusion to make Trump our president, then these emails could have been just a very lucky find for those Russians to help defeat Hillary. Maybe.
You have you ask yourself one very important question:
Since the DNC was obviously hacked in the spring, why weren’t those emails released right away so it could have helped Bernie? (This question has been ringing in my ears since the emails were released.)
Theory: Because Bernie Sanders was the more viable candidate and Trump wanted to run against Hillary.
Why did Guccifer 2.0 prefer Trump? And how is he connected to Wikileaks? And why did he wait until July 22 to release the DNC emails?
Was it Russia?
As more evidence is being revealed that Team Trump seems very chummy with Putin, it seems possible it could have been Russians. But does it matter? And will we ever know? It’s all speculation. Let a special prosecutor or a special council work on that.
This issue is quite convoluted. It’s a lot like a three-ring circus. This might be why we have some difficulty seeing how some of it fits together. The issue at hand is whether or not social media sites that were allegedly in support of Bernie Sanders were set up by or infiltrated by people who did not support Bernie.
There were many social media sites and twitter users, that were set up solely as a ruse. They pretended to be pro-Bernie but were actually only anti-Hillary (and thereby pro-Trump).
It wasn’t Rachel Maddow who led me to this conclusion. Sorry, but I don’t watch her. In September 2016, I discovered that one Facebook page in particular, “Bernie Sanders Lovers”, was owned by a kid in Kosovo who also owned the clickbait website Bients. That FB page was posting nothing but Hillary hate and Stein promotional posts. *
FB: Bernie Sanders – Not For Sale (post)
Pause. Think. The end game for many of these pages was to funnel votes away from Hillary. Yes, Hillary and her supporters made themselves fair game throughout the election cycle. The discussion about Hillary, her online supporters, and Correct the Record trolls could go on for days. This post isn’t about that. But she was the only viable candidate who could defeat Trump once she was nominated.
Enter Jill Stein. Some of these sites that had initially been putting themselves out as Bernie support pages started promoting Demexit and hoisting up Jill Stein towards the end of the primaries.
AND THEN they became Stein support pages. And this is the important part – they became “Never Hillary” pages. People were recruited. These pages might have helped Trump win the election with their “Never Hillary” message.
Bernie Sanders tried to convince people to vote for Clinton in an effort to block Trump.
He was being sincere, regardless of what anyone says.
A major Sanders organizer in Southern California, John Mattes says “we were played.”
Noting that Sanders supports efforts to weed out the Facebook attackers, Mattes said that unless legislative mechanisms are created to stop it, “they will do it again.”
* UPDATE: September 14, 2017
Today I discovered an online piece that reinforces this info and what is posted on the Facebook page:
Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Faced A Fake News Tsunami. Where Did It Come From?
This post was written on-the-fly, is a work in progress, and is subject to updates later.