A Reply to David Brock: You may claim to be with us, but we’re not with you.

Mr. Brock,

I would like to take a few moments out of my day to reply to your letter to Senator Bernie Sanders, which is referenced here:

I could join the legions of people who are likely putting their responses to this letter in reply of a paragraph or less, but I don’t think that format would do justice to just how appalling the idea of “you” being on the same team as “us” is.

I and countless others already knew you were on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. There is no sin for supporting an opponent. The problem lies in “how” you support an opponent… or more to the point, how you treat the opposition.

Over the last year you, and the entities that you own or run have gone to great lengths to try to discredit and undermine and demean those who supported Bernie Sanders during his presidential bid.

“If you study what’s being said in social media, the media that millennials are consuming, it is filled with misinformation and vicious lies and sexism in terms that you can’t even repeat from his supporters, from other trolls,” Brock said. “And you wonder why there’s such a gap in the millennial preference for Sanders over Hillary. I think if people took a look at what they’re seeing, that would account for some of [the deficit] — the fact that they have a misimpression of her.”

-David Brock

Reference: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/david-brock-bernie-sanders-218954

This statement makes a number of assumptions. First it makes the assumption that the reason Sanders supporters did not support Hillary in the primary was that they were sexist. Supposedly those who voted for Jill Stein in the general election, and the numerous women who did not support Hillary but did support Bernie were sexist? That’s not a smart way to make allies. I hate to break the bad news to you, but it had nothing to do with sexism.

It had everything to do with lack of focus on issues that affect the working class in this country. It had a lot to do with concern about how a person who claims to want reform Wall Street and rein in big business was constantly tied to or being funded by those same entities. See the following links:

Reference: https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cid=N00000019&cycle=Career

Reference: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/26/the-new-york-times-just-perfectly-explained-why-hillary-clintons-answers-on-her-paid-speeches-dont-work/

Reference: http://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-clintons-complex-corporate-ties-1424403002

Reference: http://fortune.com/2016/05/11/clinton-greece-fund/

It had everything to do with lack of consistency, and lack of honesty. Feel free to dismiss the bit about the E-mail bit if you wish, but note the rest.

Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vczoazK1mxU

Then Correct the record paid people to “Troll” the internet.

Quote: “This explains why my inbox turned to cancer on Tuesday,” wrote user OKarizee. “Been a member of reddit for almost 4 years and never experienced anything like it. In fact, in all my years on the internet I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

Correct the Record, which has received $5 million this campaign season and has spent almost $4.5 million of it, according to OpenSecrets.org, outlined its strategy against “swarms of anonymous attackers” in a press release

Reference: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/21/hillary-pac-spends-1-million-to-correct-commenters-on-reddit-and-facebook.html?via=mobile&source=twitter

The tactics that you employed were bad enough that it made some Clinton supporters say the following: “David is well meaning but I think perhaps like a zealot. He should keep it in check a bit. I don’t think this needs to be about tearing Bernie down. … It’s getting nasty and it doesn’t need to be.”

Reference: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/269791-david-brocks-hardball-tactics-worry-clinton-supporters

Still even after everything that has transpired, you seem to think that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with how the Democratic Party has operated for the last eight or more years. You claim that the “Democratic Party isn’t suffering from an identity crisis”.

Reference: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/david-brock-democrats-are-not-facing-an-identity-crisis/2016/12/05/8c3521ba-bb1e-11e6-ae79-bec72d34f8c9_video.html

If the last election should have told you anything, it should have told you that working Americans of all stripes are tired of both parties doing “business as usual”. While you and other Washington insiders have fattened your wallet and enhanced your power base, the rest of America (the working class) has suffered under increased costs of living and decreased buying power.

At the beginning of the campaign, no one in the beltway or the media thought that Sanders or Trump had a snowballs chance in hell. They and people like yourself thought that it was going to be Bush or Clinton all over again until Voters told you otherwise. But somehow you still can’t seem to accept that people want more than talk, we want action that helps us.

And you think that by penning a letter that you can simply get back in our good graces. There is a saying, “Be careful whose toes you step on today. They may be connected to the feet you’ll have to kiss tomorrow.”

What Senator Sanders chooses to do is obviously his prerogative. As a person who you and your pacs went out of your way to insult, I would like to be one of many to tell you that you may claim to be with us, be we sure as heck aren’t with you.