A Bernie Bro told me I was 50 years old

Unless you want Trump for another four years, give someone else a chance

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I had no idea I was in my 50s until a Bernie Bro told me so. After I write this post, I’m going to send a reply all email letting all family and friends know that they really could’ve sent me a birthday card, text or a gift. Honestly, why would you ignore me for 12 years?

According to a Bernie Bro’s very well-researched tweet:

Duly noted, Pat the Berner, who blocked me immediately after I tweeted a birthday cake in his comment section. Apparently I have done a terrible job of flipping my calendars. But there’s a funny thing that seemed to happen on Super Tuesday 2020. According to The New York Times, “Final exit polls showed Mr. Biden outperforming Mr. Sanders among black voters by 60 percent to 17 percent, a margin that most likely helped offset Mr. Sanders’ 45 percent to 24 percent advantage among Latino voters.”

Way to ignore black people’s political views in the Democratic party, Pat. That always goes over well, especially for people like me who have never said “can’t stand” and “Biden” in the same sentence. And this 25-year-old college student named Luis Pablo Martinez (from the NY Times post) is going to have a tough time when he finds out he’s also 50 and voted for Biden, too.

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Click here to see the demographics state-by-state on CNN’s site. This is Alabama’s demographics only.
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Click here to see the demographics state-by-state on CNN’s site. This is Alabama’s demographics only.

I keep seeing these strange declarations from Bernie Bros, and the most peculiar part is I saw them even when I voted for Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries. There are always these drastic assumptions going on about the rest of the world from their little bubble that I have somehow escaped. But being that I was apparently 46 in 2016, maybe that’s why. I may have been focused on getting a head start on joining the American Association of Retired Persons. Senior discounts, yeah buddy!

I also found out today, in my 50s, the following:

Well now, you sure showed us. I mean, even though I voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November 2016 after voting for Sanders in the primaries, I clearly overlooked all this support instead of nonstop-mind-numbing whining. But there’s something that doesn’t quite add up about this 90 percent that Aria is tweeting about — besides an actual source. Brian Schaffner (via Cooperative Congressional Election Study) has confirmed that in the general election, less than 80 percent voted for Clinton, approximately 12 percent voted for Trump, and a little more than 10 percent voted for another candidate besides Trump or Clinton or didn’t vote at all. Sure does split the vote, doesn’t it?

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Less than 80 percent of Senator Bernie Sanders’ voters voted for Hillary Clinton in Election Day 2016. Around 22 percent stayed home, voted for Trump or another candidate. (Photo credit: Kalhh/Pixabay)

I understand that some of you #IDoNotLikeJoeBiden ageists, who are oddly accusing 77-year-old Joe Biden of having dementia while being stone-cold silent about Senator Sanders being a year older than him, seem to have an issue with the former vice president. Let’s just put aside how callous it is to joke about a disease that kills seniors more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Let’s brush off the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Who likes pesky details anyway, amiright?

Hey, I get where you’re coming from. I rolled into a fetus when Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential campaign, and I was pretty bummed when Sanders didn’t make it to the final round in 2016. I even wrote a whole tantrum-throwing piece about how I would do a write-in vote if former Mayor Michael Bloomberg made it to the ballot in November of this year. But my reasons were a bit more … valid. You know, racial profiling and all that jazz.

Bernie Bros and Girls, if you want to be taken seriously, really have a valid reason for why you don’t like Biden. Don’t make it something as trivial as him telling a few tall tales (like you do on Twitter) or forgetting a word or two (haven’t we all looked at a word and said “that doesn’t look right” when it was?). And maybe you might want to read this FactCheck.org report before you keep saying Biden is opposed to Medicare — there was a bit of gray area and assumptions on that one.

If you are sincerely passionate about something that is of political concern — health insurance, job rates, criminal and/or civil justice, environmentalism, women’s rights, poverty, etc. — then you have every right to not want to vote for him. That is your right as an American citizen. But unless you are confident that the 73-year-old in the White House — who thinks Frederick Douglass is still alive, the coronavirus “hoax” will magically disappear like pixie dust come spring, Russian politics are A-OK, preventative health tests can be done in one full day and allowing migrant children to be locked up in cages — is doing a better job, then I’d suggest you stop screaming and crying in the toy aisle long enough to vote for another politician on the ballot.

— Thank you, kindly. From your friendly, senior Medium writer!

P.S. Even if you don’t like Biden, I would strongly suggest you keep your protesting off the stage. We’ve seen Professor Jill Biden in action twice already. And that is a 68-year-old wife who will put hands on you if you are stupid enough to try her patience. Be warned. (And for those vegan protesters, thank you so much for giving omnivores yet another example to believe animal-friendly lifestyles are annoying. Solid work!)

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