Talk about a "No shit" moment from the Huffington Post. This was the headline from April, 26 2016. We knew what was happening, but we didn't understand why. The DNC was committing what was, in our eyes (and probably everyone else's), a crime. They were intentionally sinking the popular candidate and being complicit in voter suppression and fraud.
Remember now, I'm making a statement on the history of what happened and not the case for Bernie to have ultimately won. Spoilers here....what I learned later changed my mind, but we have to examine how we got here.
So, we know by the enthusiasm and grassroots support that we had the better candidate. This was backed up by poll after poll showing Bernie ahead of Trump by 16 points. Hillary was polling somewhere in the area of 3 points ahead of Trump with a 5 point margin (In statistic-speak, we call this 'losing')
Below is my comment on the SandersForPresident subreddit after the loss in New York.
It's time to be honest. We have to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
New York was a near knockout blow. Not because we lost, many of us were ready and prepared for that. It hit us so hard that we were looking out our earhole because of the margins.
That's the truth....now that we've talked about that truth, we can move on and address a few other truths.
This is just like any other fight, it's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how you get back up after being knocked on your ass.
Now, the harder truth, we got robbed. We got to see just how far the other team was willing to go to game this contest. Bernie is a threat to their way of life and they are willing to go to any length to stop him. I think we underestimated that part of this contest. It's, to me personally, the reason why losing NY was so tough for me. I wanted to believe that both sides were playing by the rules...and they were...they just didn't have the same rulebook.
So...if I had the ear of Bernie or his administration, here is what I would say...
This contest is far from over. We have many more states and a hell of a lot more delegates to go...but you have to be bolder than ever before. It's time to stop running for mayor. It's time to stop running for the senate. You are running for President. The gloves need to come off. When you step into this ring, the person throwing punches at you is the ENEMY.
Seize the moments ahead, and be the Commander we need you to be.
Your very loyal army stands here ready to follow you into the future we all believe in.
All I was hoping for at this point was to see the gloves come off and him to start hitting her in all the points we knew he could nail her on. Benghazi, emails, lie after lie after lie that she consistently spouted. FOR FUCK'S SAKE JUST HIT HER!! ACT LIKE YOU WANT THIS!!
Nothing....to say it fizzled from here would be an understatement. From this point forward, it was like watching a boxer in the ring who could no longer get his gloves up. Time after time, the DNC would manipulate the polls to suppress the Bernie turnout and he would say....nothing.
This was extremely puzzling to me and went far beyond the whole "I don't want to hurt the party" sorta thing. Here we knew we had a corrupt opponent who we knew would do far worse damage if she won than the damage that would be caused by crushing her with the truth.
The reason why would be revealed later with the Podesta email leaks, along with information that was so shocking it made me realize that we were dealing with evil on a scale I had not thought possible.
To be continued.