Why the Bernie EBros are a disservice to Bernie supporters

How Bernie Sanders’ followers made me support Joe Biden even more

Shamontiel L. Vaughn
Mar 8 · 6 min read
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Jesse Jackson endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders today, the same day that Senator Kamala Harris endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. And I rolled my eyes because I knew exactly what was going to happen next — Bernie EBros (i.e. Bernie Sanders Entitled Brothers) were going to come out in droves to appear just as unlikable as they have consistently been.

Meanwhile this same newfound Jesse Jackson enthusiast has no idea who Shirley Chisholm or George Edwin Taylor are.

The MLK march helped, but it was what Sanders was doing in recent years that mattered far more to me than what he did decades ago.


I need to make the distinction between Bernie Sanders supporters who walk their walk and talk their talk versus Bernie EBros. Lyricist Killer Mike (real name: Michael Santiago Render) is a Bernie Sanders supporter. Truth be told, Killer Mike’s support of the Vermont senator was initially the only reason I paid attention to the man. The more I saw the two of them together, the more curious I became about him in the 2016 elections. In turn, I voted for Sanders in the primaries. The MLK march helped, but it was what Sanders was doing in recent years that mattered far more to me than what he did decades ago.

Truth be told, Killer Mike’s support of the Vermont senator was initially the only reason I paid attention to the man.

But there’s another kind of Bernie Sanders supporter, and that’s the one who made me distance myself from my 2016 decision. These are the Twitter accounts that were idle both before and after 2016 — or not created until the election against Hillary Clinton. Their dormant social media accounts conveniently pop up with all kinds of anti-racism and anti-sexism messages when presidential elections come around, but are crickets when it’s not voting season.

  • Black women were reportedly 17 percent more likely to be in a police-initiated traffic stop than white women: Nothing.
  • Thirty-four percent of black women were more likely to be stopped than Latina women: No dice.
  • Black male drivers were about 12 percent more likely than white drivers — and 17 percent more likely than Latino drivers — to be stopped: Too busy to comment.
  • #MeTooMovement gains in momentum: No supportive tweets.
  • Transgender ban on the military: Nothing to say.
  • Xenophobia running rampant after coronavirus gets the attention it deserved since December of 2019: Stone-cold silent.
  • Thousands of children forced to stay at a Border Patrol facility: Meh, no comment.
  • George Zimmerman, the scum of the Earth, is being … George Zimmerman with multiple arrests and suing Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg: Booked and busy.

But Bernie goes up against Biden, and now they’re all of a sudden advocates for years and active as all hell on social media. They’ve miraculously been pounding the pavement against racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and everything else for longer than I’ve been alive (although a noticeable amount are younger than me — and no, I don’t mean 50). They’re in full support of responsible health care and against ageism — all while making dementia jokes nonstop.

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If you really stand for a politician or cause, you can do it publicly. (If you are a journalist or work in an industry that contractually obligates you to not air your political opinions, just don’t bother with the fake accounts at all. I’ve been in your shoes. We don’t take fake accounts anymore seriously than you would.)

If you stand in your convictions, there is no need to create fake accounts or hide your real opinions. And if you do have strong opinions, don’t wait until election season to share them. While I don’t care for Jesse Jackson at all, I can at least admit that he has a track record of standing up for the kinds of causes that Bernie EBros hide behind computer screens, avatars, stock photos and fake banners half-heartedly claiming they do. Then they log off, put on their suits and ties, and smile and nod at family functions with their favorite FOX-loving family members and friends. Would they dare to be as vocal in their personal lives with those in their social circles who really need to hear these anti-hate messages? Doubt it.


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Shamontiel L. Vaughn

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