Like many areas, Vermont has a hip, cool paper that spins local news in fun and millennial-friendly ways. Quick read pieces about local happenings with a political item – often with a liberal bias – tossed in here and there.
Vermont’s is called Seven Days Vermont. It includes a column called “Bernie Beat”.
Before The Bern was really thought of as a top tier contender for the Presidency, Seven Days Vermont ran an opinion item in their August 26, 2015 revealing that Bernie Sanders has an anger management problem.
The article questions what to date has persisted as a staple of Sanders appeal – the idea that he’s a stereotypical grumpy grandpa type straight out of central casting. It’s a persistent attribute because it matches The Bern with any number of television and movie characters portrayed as grumpy but at the end of the day lovable grandparents.
Except Sanders is neither lovable nor is he just grumpy. He’s an abusive bully.
A bully to the point that were he anything other than a socialist from one of the bluest of blue states, he’d have been subjected to the modern day equivalent of tarring and feathering. The media would have run endless hit pieces against him until the obligatory made for TV drama was ready for prime time. Later, he’d appear on afternoon TV giving a tear-stained interview about it all.
Said one former campaign staffer, “as a supervisor he was unbelievably abusive…he did things that, if he found out another supervisor was doing in a workplace he would go after them. You can’t treat employees that way”.
Others quotes in the Seven Days Vermont article were more blunt:
“Bernie was an a***ole…just unnecessarily an a***ole”.
“He yelled in meetings all the times. He’d yell ‘I don’t want to hear excuses! I want to get it done!’ ”
Remarkably, in the comments that accompany the Seven Days Vermont piece there are apologists for Bernie’s bullying. “But he wants to get things done, isn’t that what we need” say some. Others proudly affirm that they would support Bernie’s “temperament” over Hillary or any Republican running against him. And others complain that Seven Days Vermont simply rehashed other, similar reports.
If there are other, similar reports, doesn’t that indicate that The Bern has a problem?
Chris Graff is one of those other sources reporting Bernie’s anger problem. Graff worked for the Associated Press for more than 20 years, exclusively in Vermont. His recollections of Sanders include:
“Bernie has no social skills, no sense of humor and he’s quick to boil over”
“He’s a ‘***ck” and an ‘a***ole’ to his staff, known as a ‘screamer and a table banger’”.
The “table banger” reference brings to mind old black and white footage of the Soviet Union’s UN delegation disrupting UN meetings by banging on their table with their fists.
So Bernie the bully is the guy liberals – and especially millennial liberals – support for President? Of course he is. He’s far more strident in his ideology than Barack Obama ever dreamt of being. Throw Sanders an olive drab uniform with fancy epaulettes and he’s the poster boy for third world banana republic dictatorships. Liberals and especially young ones crave a strongman – they ache for precisely the same type of bully they’d protest to no end if they had endure directly in their day to day lives.
Now that we know about his temperament, maybe some intrepid media soul will decide to dig into the pro-rape article he wrote some years back – the one in which he says women want it and men want to do it. That’s another of the many skeletons in The Bern’s closet. Or his honeymoon in the Soviet Union and what he liked and disliked about the Socialist paradise.