• Bernie Is Soft on Tyranny and Communism, Anti-Israel … and Winning

    Surge Summary: Bernie Sanders dominated the other Democratic presidential candidates – once again – in Saturday’s Nevada caucus. Despite his soft spot for tyrants, affection for communism and hostility toward Israel, he is set to take the nomination, and fellow Democrats are in a lather over it.

    by Gary Bauer

    Bernie’s Blowout

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t just win the Nevada caucuses Saturday – it was a blowout.  Sanders took 47% of the vote, while Joe Biden finished a distant second at 20%, followed by Pete Buttigieg (14%), Elizabeth Warren (10%), Tom Steyer (5%) and Amy Klobuchar (4%).  Michael Bloomberg wasn’t on the ballot.

    The Democrat establishment is in total meltdown because Sanders is revealing the real agenda of the party’s left-wing base.  Today’s Democrat Party is increasingly divided between those who favor open socialism and those who believe hidden socialism is easier to sell.

    Most Americans aren’t on board with the socialist agenda, and Democrats are scrambling to stop Sanders at all costs.  Many party leaders had hoped that Michael Bloomberg could be “Plan B” if Biden faltered, but that strategy has been called into question since last week’s disastrous debate performance.

    Bloomberg will have an opportunity to redeem himself at tomorrow night’s debate in Charleston, South Carolina.  He will be under enormous pressure to prove he’s not a worse debater than Joe Biden.  But he’s not on South Carolina’s primary ballot.

    Meanwhile, Sanders has smashed Biden’s Palmetto State firewall, and Super Tuesday continues to look like it will be a very good day for Sanders.

    Comrade Sanders

    Part of the reason many Democrats are worried about Bernie Sanders as their party’s nominee is his long history of praising brutal left-wing regimes around the world.

    Reflecting the liberal establishment’s anxiety, “60 Minutes” host Anderson Cooper confronted Sanders with some of his past praise for communist dictator Fidel Castro.  Sanders told Cooper:

    “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing?” 

    In response to Sanders’s callous comment, Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, “It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read & write.”

    If Sanders wins the nomination, Democrats can kiss Florida goodbye.  The state is full of immigrants who fled Castro’s communism and other socialist regimes throughout Latin America.

    Bashing Israel Too

    When Bernie’s not busy praising communists, he’s bashing Israel.  Bolstered by his Nevada victory, Sanders announced that he will not speak to the annual AIPAC conference this year, alleging that AIPAC provides a platform for “bigotry.”

    The attack on AIPAC may seem odd at first glance, as Sanders is Jewish.  But I think there is a simple explanation.  Sanders is anti-Israel.  He has key people on his staff who despise Israel, and he has been endorsed by anti-Semites like Linda SarsourIlhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

    But Sanders understands the base of the Democrat Party.  Polling shows that while Americans are generally pro-Israel (Christians and Republicans especially so), the base of the Democrat Party – millennials and progressives – are increasingly anti-Israel.

    Polling shows the Democrat Party is evenly divided between support for Israel and the Palestinians.  All the other candidates in the primary are trying to be even-handed in their approach to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, dividing up the half of the Democrat vote that still supports Israel.

    And while they are splitting up the pro-Israel vote, Sanders has consolidated the half that hates Israel.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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