Media script isn’t playing out as anticipated.
As I noted in my post on the AP announcing that Hillary Clinton has clinched the nomination ahead of the California election, the November 2016 battle is ultimately between the elite media and average Americans.
As predicted by many, the American press has started pressuring Bernie Sanders to stop his campaign entirely. This gem from the San Diego Union Tribune is just one example of many attempts to cajole Sanders voters into supporting Clinton.
This is why we urge Bernie Sanders to drop his now-futile challenge to Clinton for the Democratic nomination after the final primary next Tuesday in Washington D.C. At this stage, after a historic speech as a major party’s first presumptive female presidential nominee, Clinton shouldn’t have to spend her time and resources defending herself from Sanders and his allies.
But the California media has not mentioned that Clinton has not experienced smooth sailing they portray in their coverage.
Bernie Sanders supporters are furious over the news coverage.
…[M]ost of the dozen interviewed by The Washington Post were deeply bitter about news organizations, which they said had called the race too soon.
“Disgusting. Absolutely horrible to hear,” said Travis Fox, 31, of San Carlos, Calif. “But you know what, I’m more inspired to support Bernie Sanders. He should go all the way.”
“How can you call this on the eve of the California primary?” asked Jacob Chase, 50, who lives in a boat nearby. He leaned up against a metal fence and shared his view with others. “The media is trying to suppress the vote, and they’re trying to anoint her. They’re doing an anointment process.”
— Kielydile♡ (@cryptokiely) June 8, 2016
The good news for those who #FeelTheBern: Sanders has pledged to stay in the race.
Another aspect to the California race that isn’t being discussed in our press: Election Day chaos. Many California voters said they encountered broken machines, polling sites that opened late and incomplete voter rolls.
The result? Instead of a quick in-and-out vote, many California voters were handed the dreaded pink provisional ballot — which takes longer to fill out, longer for election officials to verify and which tends to leave voters wondering whether their votes will be counted.
This year’s presidential primary race has already been one of the most bitter in recent memory. Before Tuesday’s vote, Bernie Sanders supporters accused the media of depressing Democratic turnout by calling the nomination for Hillary Clinton before polls opened in California.
Those feelings haven’t gotten any less raw Tuesday as hundreds of Californians complained of voting problems to the national nonpartisan voter hotline run by the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law.
Liberal journalists are in such a rush to promote the First Woman President saga they are neglecting the real numbers from Tuesday’s primaries: Hillary Clinton’s raw vote count plummeted 30% in BOTH California and New Jersey.
…With 94.4% of precincts reporting, Clinton won 1,841,285 votes in California on Tuesday, compared to Bernie Sanders’s 1,416,742, Politico reports.
That’s nearly a 30% drop in total support from 2008, when she received 2,608,184 votes, or 51.47%. (Barack Obama got 2,186,662 votes or 43.16%.)
The results weren’t much better in New Jersey. While Clinton won the state — as she did in 2008 — she saw a decline in support there, too.
My fellow San Diego blogger, BDaddy of The Liberator Today, has these thoughts about the results: “Hillary’s apparent victory today fills me with disgust as it makes clear that the Democratic Party cares not one whit for the criminality of its nominee.”
There are a few rays of sunshine to enjoy:
- Jim Ash, the citizen candidate I featured last month, appears to have made it to the November 2016 race for Congressional District 53 and will likely face off against incumbent Susan Davis.
- Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is one of the instigators in attacking the First Amendment rights of climate change skeptics, will be facing a challenger in the fall.
I must admit, I enjoyed the extra attention my state has received during the primary season. Now: