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How Bernie Sanders Dominated in Nevada

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LAS VEGAS — They showed up to Desert Pines High School in Tío Bernie T-shirts to caucus on Saturday morning, motivated by the idea of free college tuition, “Medicare for all” and the man making those promises: a 78-year-old white senator from Vermont. To dozens of mostly working-class Latinos, Bernie Sanders seemed like one of their own, a child of immigrants who understands what it means to be seen as a perpetual outsider.

For at least one day, in one state, the long-promised political revolution of Mr. Sanders came to vivid life, a multiracial coalition of immigrants, college students, Latina mothers, younger black voters, white liberals and even some moderates who embraced his idea of radical change and lifted him to victory in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.

By harnessing such a broad cross-section of voters, Mr. Sanders offered a preview of the path that he hopes to take to the Democratic presidential nomination: uniting an array of voting blocs in racially diverse states in the West and the South and in economically strapped parts of the Midwest and the Southwest, all behind the message of social and economic justice that he has preached for years.

His advisers argue that he has a singular ability to energize voters who have felt secondary in the Democratic Party, like Latinos and younger people, and that Nevada proved as much — and could set the stage for strong performances in the Super Tuesday contests on March 3. The Sanders campaign is looking in particular to the delegate-rich states of California and Texas, whose diverse Democratic electorates include a high percentage of voters from immigrant backgrounds.

Mr. Sanders’s chances also depend in part on the field of moderate candidates remaining crowded and divided, which is not a guarantee, especially if voters seeking an alternative to the right of Mr. Sanders align behind one candidate. To earn enough delegates to be the Democratic nominee, Mr. Sanders will also have to win big in other large states, including California and Texas, where his coalition remains untested. And his brand of democratic socialism could prove to be a hard sell, including among Latinos elsewhere in the country.

Mr. Sanders delivered his victory speech Saturday evening not in Nevada, but in Texas, one of the diverse powerhouses on the Super Tuesday calendar.

“They think they are going to win this election by dividing our people up based on the color of their skin or where they were born or their religion or their sexual orientation,” he said in San Antonio, speaking of President Trump and his allies. “We are going to win because we are doing exactly the opposite, we’re bringing our people together.”

In the entrance polls on Saturday, Mr. Sanders led the field across many demographic groups: men and women, whites and Latinos, union and nonunion households, and across education levels.

The breadth of his appeal amounts to a warning shot at those in the moderate Democratic establishment he often rails against, many of whom have staked their hopes for a “Stop Sanders” effort on the idea that he has a political ceiling within the party and could not grow his base of supporters.

Instead, as the primary shifted to Nevada from the racially homogeneous electorates of Iowa and New Hampshire, it was Mr. Sanders who grew more formidable, while other candidates have struggled.

Strong showings in the first two states have not significantly helped Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar break through with nonwhite voters. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has called himself the one candidate who can build a diverse coalition, but he finished in second place in Nevada, the most diverse nominating contest so far.

Only Mr. Sanders, with his uncompromising message that working-class Americans affected by injustice can unite across ethnic identity, has shown traction in both predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire and the more black and brown Nevada.

“He’s been saying the same thing for 40 years — I trust him,” said Cristhian Ramirez, a 31-year-old technology support specialist who began volunteering for the Sanders campaign in November. Mr. Ramirez brought several friends with him Saturday and scoffed at the idea that Mr. Sanders would face challenges in the general election. Like many supporters, Mr. Ramirez was first drawn to Mr. Sanders during the senator’s 2016 presidential bid. “Why should we vote for a moderate? We already tried that last time and we lost.”

The strong showing in the first-in-the-West caucus state seemed to be a payoff for Mr. Sanders’s unique political philosophy and his campaign team’s electoral strategy, which bet big on grass-roots outreach to Latinos and immigrant populations. It’s a model the campaign is looking to take across the country, working to reach people across racial and ethnic groups who have traditionally been less likely to vote.

“We’ve been saying for a while, candidates and the Democratic Party need to engage Latino communities sooner and substantively,” said Marisa Franco, the executive director of Mijente, a community organization that has backed Mr. Sanders. “If you do that, they respond accordingly.”

While ideologically liberal voters and young people powered Mr. Sanders toward popular vote victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada showed the candidate’s brand of authenticity could have cross-cultural appeal, even as the campaign sparred over “Medicare for all” with the culinary workers’ union, the state’s largest union and one of the most powerful organizations in Nevada Democratic politics.

Activists and leaders who have endorsed Mr. Sanders, particularly people who work with immigrant populations, argue that a focus on “Bernie Bros” — a caricature of his supporters as predominantly white and male — misses the scope of the campaign’s outreach to historically marginalized groups.

They praised Mr. Sanders for articulating a global frame of injustice that has led him to uncharted places among the Democratic field: He was the first to support a moratorium on deportations, has consistently spoken of the plight of the Palestinian people during debates, and has talked about his own family’s immigrant experience as a way to connect with voters, something he rarely did during his 2016 run.

No demographic is a monolith, of course, and Mr. Sanders’s support comes with fissures along fault lines of age and educational attainment. But, if Nevada is any measure, he is well positioned to galvanize a cross-section of Latino voters in a way that earlier candidates have done with black voters in the Democratic Party, amassing an advantage that could help create a path to the nomination.

“If you have focused intention and ongoing support for Latinos and other voters of color you can win,” said Sonja Diaz, the executive director of the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative at the University of California, Los Angeles. “They did not take the Latino vote for granted.”

When early voting began last week, the Sanders campaign sent a neon truck blasting local Spanish radio out onto the Las Vegas streets, urging people to show up at dozens of early caucus sites. They attracted hundreds of people to a soccer tournament, then offered rides to caucus sites to anyone who showed up.

After months of knocking on doors in largely Latino neighborhoods in Las Vegas, on Saturday morning, the Sanders campaign said it sent text messages and phone calls to every Latino registered as a Democrat or independent in the state.

For months, the Sanders campaign has boasted that it was the first to organize and advertise in largely Latino neighborhoods, not just in Las Vegas, but in Des Moines and east Los Angeles. Many people who showed up at the caucuses wearing Sanders buttons and stickers said his campaign was the only one they ever heard from. Latino political activists — including those backing other candidates — routinely applaud the Sanders campaign for doing the kind of expensive, labor intensive outreach they have been trying to convince other candidates to do for years.

Mr. Sanders’s appeal seems particularly strong in the West, where his ability to harness not just Latinos, but also liberal black and Asian-American voters could portend a strong showing in California, which will award more delegates than the four early voting states combined.

The Sanders team has long said that California, where early voting is already underway, is a cornerstone of its campaign. It has invested roughly $6.5 million in advertising there so far, including more than $1 million for Spanish language advertising. A poll from the Public Policy Institute of California released last week showed Mr. Sanders with 30 percent of the vote, and Mr. Biden in second, trailing by nearly 20 percentage points.

The support for Mr. Sanders in Nevada was particularly notable given the intense fight with the Culinary Union, which represents 60,000 housekeepers, bartenders, cooks and others who work in casinos here. Leadership for the union, whose membership is more than 50 percent Latino, declined to back any one candidate, but spent the weeks leading up to the caucus criticizing Mr. Sanders’s “Medicare for all” plan, because it would effectively eliminate the union’s prized private health insurance.

But in interviews in recent days, many rank-and-file union members said they supported Mr. Sanders precisely because of his health care proposal, explaining that they wanted their friends and relatives to have the same kind of access to care that they have.

On Saturday, Mr. Sanders won at five of the seven caucus sites on the Strip, losing one to Mr. Biden and tying with him at another — a clear sign that the messages from union leadership had largely been ignored.

Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of Center for Popular Democracy, a national collective of progressive groups, said she heard all day about people voting for the first time. She also said that she expected states like California and Texas could turn out even better.

At a recent event in Las Vegas geared toward Latino voters, Ms. Archila said she asked the audience to “close your eyes and imagine a country where we are not a target,” citing Mr. Sanders’s support for a moratorium on deportations.

“People started to cry,” she said. “We have never known what it feels like to be in this country and not be under threat.”

Jennifer Medina reported from Las Vegas and Astead W. Herndon from Charleston, S.C. Nick Corasaniti contributed reporting from Minneapolis.

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Some Democrats are freaking out at prospects that Sanders could win nomination

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Some Democrats are freaking out.

They’re freaking out at prospects that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., could win the Democratic nomination. They worry about how Sanders matches up against President Trump. They fret that Sanders’s socialism could inhibit his ability to woo swing voters, those in rural areas, the upper Midwest and conservative Democrats generally. They don’t think Sanders can defeat the President if he’s the Democratic standard-bearer.

Sure. Many liberals embrace Sanders. But the concern about Sanders is palpable among freshman Democrats who represent battleground districts or are from swing states.

“It’s bad,” said one freshman Democrat from a swing district. “We are having conversations about how to deal with this.”

“If [Sanders] is the nominee, we lose,” said one Democrat.

That lawmaker indicated that a Sanders primary win would cost Democrats their state in the fall. The lawmaker suggested that many voters could leave the top of the ticket blank. Two other vulnerable Democrats indicated that a Sanders nomination would almost certainly cede their states to President Trump, to say nothing of the impact on races down the ballot for Democratic House and Senate candidates. One Democrat said they would try to hyper-focus on local issues to serve as a counterbalance. But the lawmaker conceded it’s hard to compete with the Sanders narrative and the reverberations of impeachment.

“I think that [Sanders] can be challenging in parts of the country that we have to win in order to win the presidency,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who recently gave up on his own Quixotic presidential bid.

“We have to win Pennsylvania,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. “[If] we lose there, it’s over.”

BIDEN VOWS RESURGENCE AFTER SANDERS’ WIN IN NEVADA: ‘I’M GOING TO TAKE THIS BACK’

What’s unclear is how Democrats are starting to grapple with the Sanders scenario. When asked if Democrats would actively try to block Sanders, or, would try to “spin” things in such a way to remain viable, lawmakers offered no specifics.

“We’re just starting,” said one Democrat.

A House Democrat from a swing state who does not represent a competitive district argued it didn’t matter who the Democratic nominee was. This lawmaker said that concern about President Trump was so overwhelming in their state, that voters were willing to support “anyone else” besides the President. Even Sanders.

As the alarm bells sound among some Democrats, other Democratic sources note the party has only allocated a tiny percentage of delegates.

“It’s still so early,” said one source. “We just have to win.”

Some Republicans are practically euphoric at the prospects of Sanders nabbing the Democratic nomination. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., took pains to stoke the anxiety which rattles moderate Democrats and independents — the very voters they try to court.

“Think about [Sanders’s] cabinet,” said McCarthy. “AOC? Tlaib? Omar?”

Three of the four members of “The Squad,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., all support Sanders for President. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., endorsed Bay State colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Multiple Democrats who could face challenging races this fall declined to speak on the record about Sanders and what the impacts of impeachment, mean for their candidacies. Fox is told no formal warning went out to vulnerable Democrats to watch what they say to the press, or to avoid the press altogether. But some Democrats approached by Fox and other news organizations were reticent or uncomfortable with the topic.

Two freshmen Democrats who flipped seats from Republican to Democratic control in 2018, Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Lucy McBath, D-Ga., declined to engage a clutch of reporters just off the House floor. An aggressive aide for McBath ran interference for the Congresswoman while she waited for an elevator.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tried to quash worry over Sanders and the Democratic field in general.

“I can hear you say ‘Oh, we’re all in a panic. The establishment Democrats.’ I’m like ‘Is there some establishment that I don’t know about around here?” said Pelosi. “It’s a messy business. But this is so: we’re calm. We’re cool. We’re collected.”

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To be sure, President Trump faced a tough field in 2016, squaring off against veterans of the Republican “establishment” before vanquishing them all — and unexpectedly winning the presidency. Obviously Democrats seek stability in their field. But considering the volatility of the political landscape these days, no one can rule anything out.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is one of the most conservative Democrats in the House. She flipped a seat from red to blue in 2016 and is now supporting Michael Bloomberg’s White House bid.

“As people get to know him and see his message..they realize this is our best candidate to beat Donald Trump,” said Murphy. “He’s gaining a lot of momentum and traction.”

The Florida Democrat flagged one of her concerns about Sanders potentially snaring the nomination.

“A Democratic primary which results in a nominee who is not a Democrat is troublesome,” said Murphy of Sanders.

In other words, it’s not only Sanders’s political views that are troublesome. There’s a real question among some Democrats if they should even consider Sanders of their own — especially if he marshals the Democratic nomination. Vermont’s junior senator has long identified as a socialist. He’s been identified as an “independent” when serving in the House and Senate. However, Sanders has always “caucused” with the Democrats in both the House and Senate.

TRUMP CONGRATULATES SANDERS ON NEVADA CAUCUSES: ‘DON’T LET THEM TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU’

Still, it’s unclear if Democrats could wrestle with some of the same party identity issues with Bloomberg as they do Sanders. Bloomberg was a Republican from 2001-2007, then became an independent from 2007-2018. He’s now in the Democratic fold.

Former Vice President Joe Biden failed to catch fire. Perhaps this is the “establishment” issue to which Pelosi referred. Still, there are questions as to whether the pursuit of impeachment by Congressional Democrats may have inadvertently undercut Biden. Two months worth of impeachment hearings and a lengthy Senate trial enabled the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans to take aim at Biden and his son, bringing to light issues with Ukraine and Burisma. The impeachment process produced an exhaustive conversation about the Bidens and Ukraine — one which may have triggered unintended consequences for the man many viewed as the Democratic frontrunner.

When asked if questions about Ukraine subconsciously seeped into the minds of Democratic voters, Ocasio-Cortez replied “I’m not entirely sure of that” before adding “Joe Biden has struggled in primaries before.”

And that is part of the freakout.

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The 2020 presidential race isn’t about policy and ideology. It isn’t about banks and Medicare and foreign wars. There is a certain pragmatism to this race, which some Democrats struggle to articulate. The 2020 presidential contest is about one thing: defeating President Trump.

Democrats appear increasingly skeptical that Biden could beat the President. They wring their hands about the viability of Sanders.

It’s little wonder that many Democrats are suddenly gravitating toward Michael Bloomberg.

And that only compounds the freakout.

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Rod Blagojevich: Trump had ‘testicular virility necessary’ to commute sentence, unlike Obama

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich joined “Watters’ World” in an interview that aired Saturday, saying President Trump had the “testicular virility necessary to do the right thing” — something he said former President Barack Obama did not.

“Well, let me just say this, that the current president has trumped the former president when it comes to the testicular virility necessary to do the right thing and to undo injustice,” Blagojevich told host Jesse Watters. “I went to prison and spent nearly eight years in prison for things that aren’t crimes, routine politics.”

“A lot of the same fake stuff that they tried to do to President Trump, they’ve done to me and some of the very same people, some of the same characters who did it to me are involved in doing it to President Trump,” he added.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S SENTENCE COMMUTED: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S CASE

Trump on Tuesday announced he was commuting the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted for attempting to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat when he was elected president.

The former governor has maintained his innocence since his release, sparking condemnation from critics on both sides of the political aisle.

On CNN Friday, Blagojevich sparred with host Anderson Cooper, who claimed Blagojevich was engaging in the usage of a “whole new alternate universe of facts” and failing to admit guilt.

“That may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bulls—,” Cooper said.

“It’s not bulls—, I lived it myself, it’s not bulls— at all,” Blagojevich responded.

Blagojevich told Watters on Saturday that Obama could have acted on his situation before leaving office but failed to do so.

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“President Obama surely must have known something like that, that were the circumstances surrounding my situation, I think he could have acted at the appropriate time, considering the political implications when he left office,” he said.

“He didn’t do it,” Blagojevich added. “And how ironic that President Trump, who I met briefly on [‘The Apprentice] will become the first president American history to fire and free the same guy.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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These states recently enacted bail-reform laws

Some states have taken steps in recent years to close the gap between what criminal justice advocates claim are two tiers of the justice system: one where people can effectively buy themselves out of police custody and another where those arrested for low-level offenses are stuck in jail because they lack the financial means to bond themselves out.

Many critics say the bail system punishes people for being unable to pay and leaves defendants in a cycle of debt.

Under most bail-reform law, criminal courts are prohibited from setting cash bail in most misdemeanor cases and some non-violent felony cases. States such as New York, California and New Jersey have taken steps to ban the practice, while smaller jurisdictions are also adopting similar reforms.

New York

New York’s recently enacted bail law has been steeped in controversy since it went into effect Jan. 1. Critics have cited the law for the release of criminals who would otherwise be held in police custody on bail but re-offended instead.

One offender, Tiffany Harris, was arrested in early January on suspicion of punching a woman in the face unprovoked after she was released from police custody for another offense without bail.

In another case, a New York City subway thief thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his release despite hundreds of previous arrests.

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Aerial view of Rikers Island, New York’s City main jail complex.

“Bail reform, it’s lit!” Charles Barry said as he was being transferred by police to Manhattan Central Booking. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defended the law, calling it an “ongoing process.”

“We need to respond to the facts but not the politics, we need to act on information and not hyperbole,” he said in January.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act took effect in 2017 and essentially overhauled the state’s bail system by eliminating cash bail.

A 2019 report from the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts concluded that those released under the new law were no more likely to commit a crime while awaiting trial than those released under the prior system.

Meanwhile, the state’s jail population has decreased while defendants continue to make their court appearances.

“Concerns about a possible spike in crime and failures to appear did not materialize,” the report says, according to NorthJersey.com.

Californa

The state’s landmark voter referendum to end cash bail has been put on hold after the bail industry successfully launched a referendum drive to let voters decide the issue again in November, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles. California voters will decide the fate of a bail reform referendum in November. 

Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 10 in 2018 to end cash bail for most suspects accused of nonviolent felonies, which was slated to go into effect last year. The bill would give judges greater power to decide who should remain in jail until trial and would eliminate cash bail.

The bail industry argues the legislation would release violent criminals onto the streets.

Alaska

Alaska joined the national trend of enacting bail reform in 2018, only for it to be rolled back months later by Republican Gov. Michael Dunleavy.

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Senate Bill 91 gave the state the ability to create a tool to assess a criminal suspect’s risk of whether or not they will show up to court or will commit a crime while out on bail.

In July 2019, Dunleavy signed into law House Bill 49, which effectively repealed the Senate legislation.

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Rod Blagojevich: Trump had ‘testicular virility necessary’ to commute sentence, unlike Obama

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich joined “Watters’ World” in an interview that aired Saturday, saying President Trump had the “testicular virility necessary to do the right thing” — something he said former President Barack Obama did not.

“Well, let me just say this, that the current president has trumped the former president when it comes to the testicular virility necessary to do the right thing and to undo injustice,” Blagojevich told host Jesse Watters. “I went to prison and spent nearly eight years in prison for things that aren’t crimes, routine politics.”

“A lot of the same fake stuff that they tried to do to President Trump, they’ve done to me and some of the very same people, some of the same characters who did it to me are involved in doing it to President Trump,” he added.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH’S SENTENCE COMMUTED: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FORMER ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S CASE

Trump on Tuesday announced he was commuting the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted for attempting to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat when he was elected president.

The former governor has maintained his innocence since his release, sparking condemnation from critics on both sides of the political aisle.

On CNN Friday, Blagojevich sparred with host Anderson Cooper, who claimed Blagojevich was engaging in the usage of a “whole new alternate universe of facts” and failing to admit guilt.

“That may be big in politics today but it’s still frankly just bulls—,” Cooper said.

“It’s not bulls—, I lived it myself, it’s not bulls— at all,” Blagojevich responded.

Blagojevich told Watters on Saturday that Obama could have acted on his situation before leaving office but failed to do so.

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“President Obama surely must have known something like that, that were the circumstances surrounding my situation, I think he could have acted at the appropriate time, considering the political implications when he left office,” he said.

“He didn’t do it,” Blagojevich added. “And how ironic that President Trump, who I met briefly on [‘The Apprentice] will become the first president American history to fire and free the same guy.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Bernie Sanders thanks ‘multigenerational, multiracial coalition’ as he declares 3rd primary victory

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Buttigieg warns Dems against a ‘rush’ to nominate Sanders, rips ‘inflexible, ideological revolution’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg reacted to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday by pleading with Democrats against rushing to nominate the democratic socialist, suggesting doing so could prevent them from defeating President Trump.

“Senator Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans,” the former South Bend, Ind., mayor said in a speech in Las Vegas.

The comments come after Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied in Iowa and after Sanders won the New Hampshire primary. Fox News projects Sanders will win in Nevada.

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“Before we rush to nominate Senator Sanders as our one shot to take on this president… let’s take a sober look at the consequences — for our party, for our values, and for those with the most at stake,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg is seeking to establish himself as Sanders’ chief rival, as establishment Democrats fret over the possibility that Sanders may not be able to be stopped on his path to the Democratic nomination.

“I believe we need to defeat Trump and turn the page on this era in our politics by establishing a tone of belonging, bringing an end to the viciousness and the bullying that is tearing apart the country,” Buttigieg added. “Senator Sanders’ revolution has the tenor of combat, division, and polarization, a vision where whoever wins the day, nothing will change the toxic tone of our politics.”

Referencing Sanders, Buttigieg said: “We can prioritize either ideological purity or inclusive victory.”

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“I believe the only way to truly deliver any of the progressive changes we care about is to be a nominee who actually gives a damn about the effect you are having, from the top of the ticket, on those crucial, front-line House and Senate Democrats running to win, who we need to win, to make sure our agenda is more than just words on a page,” he said.

Speaking to supporters in San Antonio, Texas, where he is campaigning ahead of the Super Tuesday contests, Sanders celebrated his win by boasting of putting together “a multigenerational, multiracial coalition.”

“We just won the Nevada caucus. This grassroots movement is unstoppable,” Sanders tweeted. “Together, let’s win the Democratic nomination, defeat Trump and transform the country!”

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Jesse Watters calls Sanders a ‘long shot,’ says Trump ‘won every Democrat debate’

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Jesse Watters says it’s a tough time to be a Democrat following Wednesday night’s presidential debate, saying the clear winner was actually President Trump.

The “Watters’ World” host on Saturday also zeroed in on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg‘s first debate performance.

“Mike got pummeled and it wasn’t pretty,” Watters said. “He just doesn’t have what it takes and he looked like a mummy up there.”

“Trump won every Democrat debate,” Watters continued. “The Democrats are basically just picking who they’re going to lose with.”

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The host then changed his focus to Sanders‘ chances, saying the candidate is getting the same treatment as Trump did in 2016.

“Bernie Sanders is a long shot. Half the Democratic Party hates him because he’s not even a Democrat, but he’s surging because his troops are on a mission,” Watters said. “Sanders and the ‘Bernie Bros.’ They can’t be controlled. They’re a threat to powerful people. So powerful people are now fighting back from the shadows.”

Sanders disavowed alleged Russian efforts to help his campaign Friday after The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials have determined Moscow is attempting to interfere in the Democratic primary race on his behalf.

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“Snakes in the intel agencies are doing Bernie dirty, just like they did Trump,” Watters said. “At least they briefed Bernie. Instead of wiretapping them like they did with Trump.”

“We’ll see if Bernie can handle the heat,” Watters added.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Compares Bernie Sanders Winning To The Nazis Taking France

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Cable news has been incredulous that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) could actually be the Democratic nominee for president, twisting itself into knots to convince itself that it’s not so.

On Saturday, as results rolled in showing that Sanders was winning the Nevada caucuses, there were horrified reactions and doomsday warnings about Sanders getting the nomination.

The most jaw-dropping came from MSNBC host Chris Matthews. He said he was reading a book about the fall of France to the Nazis in 1940, and it reminded him of what was going on with Sanders appearing more likely to win the nomination.

“I’m reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940. and the Gen. [Louis] Renault calls up [British Prime Minister Winston] Churchill and says, ‘It’s over.’ And Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How could it be over?’ He said, ’It’s over.′ So I had that suppressed feeling,” Matthews said.

Sanders’ spokesman Mike Casca tweeted after the segment that he “never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the nazis to the third reich. [B]ut here we are.”

After Sanders’ strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, Matthews also expressed his skepticism of socialists, wondering whether Sanders would like to see people executed in Central Park.

And in a similar vein, during the New Hampshire primary ― which Sanders also won ― MSNBC host Chuck Todd read an article asking whether Sanders supporters were akin to Nazis. 

On Saturday, MSNBC also had a 10-minute interview with Democratic strategist James Carville, who was most known for his work with Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He was most recently a supporter of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who dropped out this month after failing gain any significant momentum. 

Carville spent a good chunk of his interview attacking Sanders ― and then at the end of the interview, saying he thought the candidates should stop “attacking each other” and talking more about how to push the country forward ― which is actually a conversation that is already happening with debates about health care, student debt and other issues. 

He implied that voters were picking Sanders because they were ignorant, and exhorted the media to better inform the public of the “risks” of making Sanders the nominee. 

“I don’t know if us in the media are sufficiently telling people what are the risks you’re running by doing this,” Carville said, referring to doubts that Sanders could beat Trump. “I think voters need to be appraised of what’s going on here.” 

“The entire theory that by expanding the electorate and increasing turnout you can win an election is the equivalent of climate denial. When people say that, they’re as stupid to political scientists as a climate denier is to an atmospheric scientist. … Politically, you’re a fool. That’s a fact,” he added. 

“The Sanders campaign and the Trump campaign ― they’ve taken these things to the dark arts of bullying the press, abusing the press,” added host Nicolle Wallace, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration. 

The panel for the Carville interview was Wallace, host Brian Williams and former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) ― not a single progressive. 

MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson also came under fire for appearing on a SiriusXM radio show and commenting on whether Sanders has support from people of color. He said that “racist white liberals seem to love them some Bernie Sanders” and then referenced Sanders’ African-American female staffers: “I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls that you throw out there to defend you on a regular basis.”

“That’s where you have crossed the line sir,” host Karen Hunter said, to which Johnson replied, “I don’t care.”

Johnson apologized on Saturday.

During the New Hampshire primary, a woman told MSNBC that while she was a fan of the network, she was so fed up with their coverage of Sanders that she was going to vote for him ― simply for that reason alone. 

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It’s A Great Day For American Democracy

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The results of the Nevada caucuses are, first and foremost, a great sign of hope for American democracy. In an era of rampant corruption and corporate control in both political parties, Nevada handed a blowout win to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ― one of two candidates in the race who has sworn off the old pattern of billionaire patronage and instead produced a policy platform designed to make this country work for working people of all colors.

The caucus results are also a reason for optimism about the future of the Democratic Party. Despite the best efforts of the party’s power brokers and big donors, voters overwhelmingly decided to back a candidate whose agenda calls for a transfer of power away from those elites and into the hands of the people.

These are causes for celebration. It has been a dark decade for democracy around the world, and the spectacle of Americans coming together to rebuke the Democratic Party’s aristocratic drift, which has driven so much of the turn to President Donald Trump’s authoritarian populism, is both beautiful and profound.

But you wouldn’t know this from the way establishment pundits, including many ostensible Democrats, reacted to Sanders’ win Saturday evening. On MSNBC, Chris Matthews literally compared Sanders’ victory to the fall of France to Nazi Germany. MSNBC host Nicole Wallace, a former George W. Bush staffer, described Democratic enthusiasm for Sanders as “political suicide,” and, puzzlingly, said the supporters of the night’s runaway victor constitute only “a squeaky, angry minority.”

This reaction is yet more evidence of the haplessness of the Democratic elite. It has been clear all year that Sanders is the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination. And after his impressive showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, the moneyed minds of the party scrambled to get behind untested thirty-something ex-Mayor Pete Buttigieg and erstwhile Republican billionaire Michael Bloomberg. On the debate stage earlier this week in Las Vegas, both men did their best to beat up on Sanders, but failed to deliver so much as a scratch. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) did as she promised she would, torching Bloomberg in a debate performance for the ages.

There were three attacks launched against Sanders during Wednesday’s debate. First, Bloomberg suggested Sanders was a capital-C Communist. Second, Bloomberg criticized him for owning three houses. Third, nearly everyone on stage, including Warren, directed at him an inexplicable question: What about your bros?

None of these attacks work. They didn’t work four years ago, and they didn’t work in Nevada. Any campaign advisers who suggested using them should be discharged for political malpractice.

Let’s go through them one by one:

The ding on Bernie’s houses is a joke. Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest men, could forswear interest income on his vast fortune and still spend a million dollars a day for more than 160 years without running dry. Yet Bloomberg claims to think it’s a problem for Sanders to own three pieces of real estate. 

The explosion of inequality over the past three decades has not been driven by people picking up vacation cabins in rural Vermont. It’s been driven by the financialization of our economy and the eruption of gains for Wall Street, gains secured by downward pressure on wages for workers around the world. Bloomberg is the walking embodiment of this problem. A man with three houses who advocates for higher taxes for himself, meanwhile, is acting on moral principle. Most people get that, even if the one-percenters on Bloomberg’s staff don’t.

Next, the Red Menace. It’s true that Americans are cagey about the word “socialism,” if less so than in decades past. But socialism only works as an attack against a vague abstraction. The same polls that show Americans wary of socialism show them enthusiastic about Sanders. When “socialism” might mean gulags, people are uncomfortable. When it means universal health care and stiff taxes on billionaires, it sounds about right.

Last but not least, the bros. Everyone who works in politics has been annoyed, harassed or insulted by Sanders’ crankiest supporters ― including people who work for Sanders. There is indeed an internet army of jerks who are very psyched about the prospect of a Sanders presidency.

So what? Attacking people who are not Bernie Sanders doesn’t draw much blood from Bernie Sanders ― particularly when one of the premises of his campaign is that he can bring in people from out of the political cold, people who might be flirting with Trump, and give them a place in the Democratic Party advocating for economic equality.

Labeling all of Sanders’ supporters as angry trolls obscures why large factions of the party are drawn to him. Hint: It’s not the chance to score cheap points on Twitter against union officials. In the real world, millions of people are responding to the message that Sanders is broadcasting ― that the nation’s political system and its economic practices are rigged against working people, and that something transformative is required to fix it. It is a very normal thing to support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party. It is abnormal to be a Sanders troll.

The women who are part of that coalition, and the people of color, and the white guys who just want to live in a decent society, don’t really want to hear from Democratic presidential candidates that, actually, they’re all a bunch of morally compromised deplorables. Nobody wants to hear that. And it’s madness that anybody involved in any of these campaigns thinks that attacking Democratic primary voters is a good strategy for winning a Democratic primary. 

In short, the Democratic Party establishment is failing to derail its progressive insurgents because the Democratic Party establishment does not understand its rank and file. So much the better for American democracy.

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