Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining ground on Hillary Clinton in recent polls. According to CNN he is gaining against Clinton in Iowa, his 30% to her 37%. However his rhetoric in recent speeches and interviews is getting worse and has reached the level of bizarre.
In a CNN interview this morning, Sanders seemed to be at odds with himself, in response to the targeted shooting murder of a police officer by a black man, Sanders first stated his support for police officers and then “unarmed black people get dragged out of cars or get shot (by police officers), this is happening too often…” Does he mean the officer’s death was his own fault?
He also said “The business model of Wall Street is fraud” blaming Wall Street for any and all economic problems, including the recent downturn.
In a recent speech he claimed the top 1% earn more money than the bottom 90% (This is not even close to true).
Author’s note: Senator Sanders seems to be playing to the crowd and inspiring conspiracy theories, we expect it to get much worse. This particular interview with CNN seems to reveal that when Sanders gets off script he is vulnerable to gaffs. If Sanders doesn’t get closer to the truth, the media will start to pick up on it and his campaign will implode.
If he is to continue to progress, we believe he would need to stabilize (i.e. not elevate) his rhetoric, and add concreteness to his plans. Unfortunately, in our opinion, his intentions for the country are in no way workable, so concreteness will be elusive.
We don’t believe he can win in any event, however we appreciate his entertainment value and would like to see him continue.