A video of Bernie singing drunkenly with a bunch of ‘presumed Soviets’ back in the Cold War Era has gone viral on Social Media.
An anti-Bernie leftist, Travis Justin, who is a Navy Veteran and leading a ‘Draft Beto 2020’ campaign, posted the video with the caption, ‘Recently discovered footage from 1988 reveals a shirtless Bernie Sanders with his wife, Jane, on their honeymoon in the USSR, drunkenly singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with a group of presumed Soviets.‘
The video is of Bernie and Jane Sanders on their trip to Yaroslavl, USSR in June 1988, when Bernie was Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. At the time, Yaroslavl was Burlington’s ‘sister city’ and the trip, which Bernie jokingly referred to as his ‘honeymoon’ was part of his official duties as mayor.
The attempt to paint Bernie as cavorting with ‘presumed Soviets’ might just make the frumpy ‘Democratic Socialist’ even more likable on the left.
The video shows a shirtless Bernie at a table filled with drinks and the group then drunkenly sings, ‘This Land Is Your Land‘ by Woodie Guthrie.
UPDATE: I guess Travis got a bit too much attention for posting the video, and he seems to have deleted his tweet. Here’s another copy of the video:
#VettingBernie video –
Russia, 1988 – Bernie gets naked with his Soviet Socialist comrades. Do we really want an avowed socialist, bloated-ego octogenarian hijacking the Democrat label to run for POTUS? #NeverBernie pic.twitter.com/JMeNqWwrlL
— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) January 29, 2019
Is it just me, or does this actually make Bernie look… fun? It’s way better than reading Beto’s Jack Kerouac wanna-be blogging tour of the country or watching him have his teeth cleaned in a livestream.
Forward magazine provides some context for the Bernie video.
It’s true that in 1988 Bernie and Jane Sanders spent time in the Soviet Union immediately after their wedding, but Sanders was the mayor of Burlington at the time, and the trip, to Burlington’s Soviet sister city, Yaroslavl, was a part of his official duties. Sanders wrote openly about it in his memoir, jokingly referring to it as a “honeymoon.”
The video, which somewhat hilariously features a shirtless Sanders belting out the lyrics to the Woody Guthrie classic with a table of apparent locals, does look like a good time. But, as Leonid Bershidsky wrote in Bloomberg of the alleged “honeymoon,” which was brought up during the 2016 primary debates to suggest that Sanders has Communist affiliations, the Soviet Union in 1988 was “hardly a place for an admirer of Communism to find comfort.”
Perhaps a better tactic would have been to criticize Bernie for the way that women were treated in his presidential campaign. Claims were made that women were ‘paid less and treated worse’ when working for Bernie’s campaign. The former campaign manager for Bernie admits that a claim of sexual harassment had been ignored.
In the midst of accusations of sexism and sexual harassment by aides on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, the senator’s former campaign manager acknowledged Wednesday that there had been “a failure,” and Sanders is promising to make sure the same problems do not emerge if he runs in 2020.
Over the past week, alumni of Sanders’ presidential campaign have stepped forward to allege inappropriate behavior and unfair treatment of women. Numerous individuals said that staff on the campaign had not taken a complaint about sexual harassment seriously and had treated women unfairly.
That is way better than trying to smear him in an era where a whole bunch of millennials are totes kewl with communism.
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