(Sometimes you just gotta’ speak your mind, which is what I did after the Lancaster, PA newspaper pounded Bernie Sanders for his supporters’ behavior at the Nevada State Democratic Convention)
To the Editor,
Alright, the behavior engaged in by Bernie Sanders supporters in Nevada last weekend was as inappropriate as the ugliness engaged in by Donald Trump’s faithful for months now, but to characterize Sanders’s response as “horribly inadequate,” as you did in your editorial, is either an indication of your rightist political leanings or someone on your staff is getting a bit hysterical.
You accurately quote Sanders as saying, “Our campaign of course believes in nonviolent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals.” Then you chastise him for not saying it several times to make it more emphatic. You suggest that Sanders actually meant to justify not apologize for his supporters’ behavior. That seems a bit excessive to me. Try as I might, I can’t find a statement in which Donald Trump apologizes for himself or his supporters and the ugliness and injuries he and they have inflicted this year.
It doesn’t justify what’s going on, but some campaign history might be useful. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson’s campaign called John Adams ”a hideous, hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.” Adams called Jefferson a “mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.” That’s not nice.
Such ugliness disgusts and disappoints me as much as it does the LNP editorial board. But, as Fortune magazine opined online recently, “… don’t kid yourself—this is as much a part of the American political process as kissing babies and homecoming parades.” I hope we can soldier through this electoral darkness and elect a President qualified to lead our nation in difficult times.