Jonathan Martin makes the unsubstantiated claim that Bernie “has done little to broaden his political circle and has struggled to expand his appeal beyond his base of primarily white supporters.” Martin has been a long time opponent of progressives but reports as though he is being objective. His reporting is laden with establishment bias and lacks journalistic integrity to provide facts that support his claims. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Media Outlet: New York Times
CNN Author: Jonathan Martin
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#1: Bernie has overwhelming appeal from almost every demographic.
- The premise that Bernie’s base is white-males is patently false and not supported by facts. In fact, he has greater support from women and non-whites over white men. In addition to the hundred or so polls listed by Real Clear Politics over the past year rating Bernie Sanders’ appeal among different demographics, one thing is staggeringly clear: The demographic that Sanders consistently has the least amount of appeal with is white males.
- “In a Quinnipiac poll, women had a 50% favorability rating for Bernie Sanders, men a 46%. So the women actually liked Bernie more than the men.” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
- [According to a Harvard-Harris Poll], women [are] supporting him at higher rates than men, African Americans at a gigantic percentage higher than white Americans. That’s like a 40% boost over his white favorability numbers. And Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans there in the middle (of the poll graphic) as well, and overall among Democrats, 80% overall favorability.” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
- [According to a Gallup poll], “his favorability ratings of Black Americans: 70%, Latinos: 55%, Whites: just 43% Hmmmmm…. That’s an interesting factoid there that you probably want to include with your analysis of his racial appeal across different demographic groups.” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
- [According to a Gallup poll] “his support amongst white Americans: 49% favorability. Non-whites: 64%, and his unfavorability rating for whites is more than twice as high as for non-whites. That is a gigantic difference there. Although, in a direction that completely undercuts what Johnathan Martin of the New York Times was actually saying.” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
- [According to a Gallup poll], “his favorability overall with Democrats is 76%, so the overall claim that he appeals to only one type of Democrat is somewhat undercut by the fact that he has a 76% favorability rating and only an 11% unfavorability rating, so where are all the huge groups of Democrats who just hate Bernie Sanders?” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
- According to Gallup from October 5, 2018 – nearly four in five Democrats have a positive view of Sanders.
- Bernie Sanders remains the most popular Senator in the United States. This cuts across party lines and most demographics.
- “Any day now we will be in the thick of the primary season. They start earlier and earlier and we are right on the precipice right now and if Bernie Sanders runs, I think it’s pretty obvious that, shortly thereafter, the myth of the Bernie-Bros will return. That is this idea that despite all the evidence, Bernie has one type of supporter. And that is white males. This is patently false.” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
- “There’s going to be a lot of people trying to spread that myth in the future when he runs again, if he runs again, and all of the survey data conclusively, repeatedly undercuts it.” -John Iadarola, The Young Turks
#2: Bernie has been fighting for the working classes regardless of gender, race, or creed, and reaching across political parties throughout his career, which is why he has overwhelming support across most demographics.
- Bernie was the opening speaker at the Women’s March convention in October (2017), which was criticized by Joy Reid and Neera Tanden.
- While campaigning for candidates in late October, Bernie emphasized the what the stakes of the election meant for women in terms of healthcare, income inequality, education, child care, and toxic masculinity.
- Justice Democrats is a progressive organization that was founded by people who worked on Bernie’s campaign. Roughly half of the candidates are women and people of color.
- Our Revolution is a progressive organization that sprung out of Bernie’s 2016 presidential campaign, and many of the candidates they endorse are women and people of color.
- Bernie was a student at the University of Chicago where he was an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and worked to end segregation in schools and housing
- Bernie was at the March on Washington in 1963 at the age of 22.
- In April of 2018, Bernie went to Mississippi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and his popularity with African Americans is well documented by author Briahna Joy Gray of the Intelligencer: “Even though a recent poll found Sanders’s support among African-Americans and Hispanics to be strong, I was surprised.”
- Bernie campaigned with Justice Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 for Justice Democrats Brent Welder (KS0, James Thompson (KS), and Abdul El-Sayeed (MI).
- Bernie campaigned for Liz Watson (IN-09), Gretchen Whitmer (MI-Gov), Andrew Gillum (FL-Gov), and Ben Jealous (MD-Gov) in the 2018 midterms.
#3: Despite Martin’s continued attempts to turn this into a debate about identity politics, Bernie’s policies remain the focal point and is why he has wide appeal amongst most demographics.
- According to Gallup from October 5, 2018 – “Sen. Bernie Sanders is still viewed favorably by a small majority of Americans (53%) as he continues to be arguably the most prominent advocate for progressive policies in the U.S.”
- According to Gallup from October 5, 2018 – “Since the election, Sanders has gone on to use his political pulpit to champion progressive causes, including calling on McDonald’s and Amazon to raise their minimum wages to $15, pushing for procedural changes in the Democratic Party’s nomination process, introducing a bill to break up large banks and continuing to push for ‘Medicare for all’ healthcare legislation.”
- Bernie introduced the Workplace Democracy Act to achieve labor unions top two goals: (1) restore power to unions, and (2) protect workers from a gig economy. It would also ban “right to work laws,” restoring unions collective bargaining right. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, it has a 61% approval rating, the highest since 2003.
- Bernie hosts televised town halls to discuss specific issues and policy solutions with experts and advocates, even when mainstream media refused to cover it.
- Among the policies that Bernie actively fights for as a sponsor, co-sponsor, or spokesperson: Medicare for All, College for All, Fight for $15, Green New Deal, Federal Jobs Guarantee, Expanding Social Security, Unions Rights, Restoring Banking regulations, Wall Street Regulation, Criminal Justice Reform, Campaign Finance Reform, Civil Liberties. Additionally, Bernie voted against the Gulf War in 1991, against Patriot Act every time, and against the Bush Tax Cuts.
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