Last night, Bernie Sanders announced that he will be contesting the Presidency in 2020. Disappointingly, America doesn’t seem to care.
To use an old Soviet aphorism, this is indeed a turnip for the book. Last night (completely overshadowing the passing of Karl Lagerfeld), the grand old socialist man of American politics, Bernie Sanders, announced that he’s having another crack at the Presidency. The catchphrase was ‘Bernie 2020’, the flavour would be revenge, the digestif would be universal healthcare, and America would wriggle free of the jackboot of the 1%.
It seems fine, right? We all loved Bernie in 2016, that plucky independent Democrat who was cruelly halted by the nonsense of the super PAC system. It was a near miss, it was a damn shame. But, wind the clock forward to 2020, and he’s back. It’ll be great, right? America loves a redemption tale, and they certainly love meh grade celebrity SNL impersonations of an elected official.
Talking a walk through the hellscape that is Twitter, the news has not gone down well at all. It seems the average American punter no longer feels the Bern. Now, I grant you, you can find anyone to oppose anything on that stupid page, but check this. CNN’s Kate Bolduan tweeted the news, which unearthed a unison reaction of vast negativity.
Bernie Sanders just announced on Vermont Public Radio that he is running for President again.
— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) February 19, 2019
Bolduan, mind you, is a middle-of-the-road talking head for mainstream media. Anyone that opposes Donald Trump from the left-hand side is usually heralded as the second coming. However, Bernie’s second coming produced this:
No Bernie, don’t do it!
— Ann P V Allan (@apallan) February 19, 2019
Bernie Again pic.twitter.com/H11I8Ja2KY
— OJ NICK ❄️ (@OJNICK01) February 19, 2019
Oh dear. All about ego and not what America needs. Four more years of Trump then #sad
— Global Education (@globaledteam) February 19, 2019
— Wiliam Rees (@wiliamrees) February 19, 2019
No Bernie, and no Biden. People are looking to women, people of color and youth. It’s the direction the Dems need to take, not retreads. And there are already plenty of good candidates.
— Paul Danielewicz (@pdpaddler) February 19, 2019
I realise that it is one tweet, but the fact that the only (borderline) positive comment is “I hope his wins”, consider the Bernie comeback to tour to be a bit of a damp squib, playing all his favourites, as he believes that we’re so desperate to hear them again. Sadly, if the Donald can accurately zing you, it’s already over.