Is Obama trying to keep Bernie Sanders from becoming the 2020 Democratic nominee?
It’s starting to look that way.
He reportedly has said that he would use his political influence to keep Bernie from getting the nomination.
The Hill reports:
Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sanders: report
President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.
The former president reportedly said if Sanders held a strong lead in the Democratic primary, he would speak out to prevent him from becoming the nominee.
A close adviser to Obama told Politico he could not confirm whether Obama would stand up against Sanders.
“He hasn’t said that directly to me,” the adviser said. “The only reason I’m hesitating at all is because, yeah, if Bernie were running away with it, I think maybe we would all have to say something. But I don’t think that’s likely. It’s not happening.”
An Obama spokesperson, when asked about his previous comments on Sanders, referred to the president’s past comments that he would back whomever became the Democratic nominee.
“Look, we have a field of very accomplished, very serious and passionate and smart people who have a history of public service, and whoever emerges from the primary process I will work my tail off to make sure that they are the next president,” Obama said earlier this month, according to his spokesperson.
People on the left are NOT happy about this:
Hard to think of a bigger disappointment than Obama. He was elected by the largest grassroots movement in history on a promise of change, abandoned all that while in office, and cashed in after 8 years, leaving 40% of America struggling to afford basics. https://t.co/SFDMTpUfyA
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) November 26, 2019
I am seething.
I volunteered 40 hours a week for Obama.
Bernie is the one candidate who can beat Trump, and bring about real change in this election and Obama said he would step in to stop him.
— beth, a left leaning feed (@bourgeoisalien) November 26, 2019
Dear Obama: You don't have the sway you believe you have, you couldn't stop Bernie Sanders & Our Revolution from Winning the Primaries if you tried, your recent slams against us "Woke voters" has only strengthened our movement, just stop already & go away & take Biden with you.
— kyle jones (@KyleLovesBernie) November 26, 2019
We all knew that Obama hates Sanders.
Remember when Keith Ellison had support to be the next DNC chair and because he supported Sanders, Obama inserted Tom Perez in the race so Democrats don’t lose the party to the left?
Obama has stabbed us in the back so many times.
— Tania Singh (@TwinklingTania) November 26, 2019
Did you ever think the left would sour on Obama so quickly?