Democrats seem to be repeating the mistake of 2016.
Just as four years ago, they are disenfranchising far left supporters of Bernie Sanders, many of whom are already saying they will never vote for Joe Biden.
Democrats obviously hope these people will eventually come around but if history is any guide, many of them won’t.
A ‘Never Biden’ movement vows not to vote for Joe
On Tuesday night, Joe Biden’s campaign was celebrating his latest primary night triumph.
By Wednesday morning, #NeverBiden, #WriteinBernie and #DemExit2020 hashtags began trending on Twitter.
There’s no question it’s been a banner two weeks for Biden. But lurking in the background of his sudden ascension to all-but-presumptive nominee is evidence that at least some Bernie Sanders supporters might not migrate to him in November, weakening him in the general election.
The significance of the problem became apparent in the same string of primaries that put Biden on the cusp of the nomination.
In Michigan — a state critical to Democrats’ efforts to reclaim their general election footing in the Rust Belt — just 2 of 5 Sanders backers said they would vote Democratic in November, regardless of who became the nominee, according to exit polls. Four in five said they’d be dissatisfied with Biden as the Democratic standard-bearer.
Though it’s unclear how widespread or adamant the #NeverBiden contingent is — will they really stay home when the alternative is another four years of President Donald Trump? — the misgivings at least put the Biden campaign on notice that it has significant work to do to bring along Sanders’ base.
You can see examples of this all over Twitter:
— Samantha Dorman (@Samiepoo07) March 11, 2020
The DNC is a criminal organization. They rigged vote counting and use VOTER SUPRESSION!
My husband and I are leaving the Democratic Party.
He’s 81, me 73. I’m will not belong to a criminal organization. #NEVERBIDEN 4 more years of trump.
— 🌹Gabriel 🕊 The Time is NOW 🌹 ⚖️🇺🇸 (@IdellGabriel) March 11, 2020
The center has spent over a year telling us we're crazy for supporting Bernie Sanders and now suddenly they pivot to "we're all in this together, we need you to defeat Trump" because they realize Biden has no young voter support.
Lol fuck that. Let the party burn. #NeverBiden
— Carlo (@yesthatCarlo) March 11, 2020
I'm going way beyond just not voting for Biden, I'll be trying to convince everyone I come into contact with to vote AGAINST him specifically.
Biden will lose anyway without this help but I want to run up the score to humiliate the Dem party as much as possible.#NeverBiden
— Blue Check Beth! (@torstrick) March 11, 2020
I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a man who is quite clearly in sharp cognitive decline. #NeverBiden
— Jacqueline Bouvier (@jackiembouvier) March 10, 2020
This is going to be a big problem for Democrats in November.