Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Fox News, April 15, 2020
Following his campaign suspension last week, Sanders joined Biden on his podcast on Monday and offered his full endorsement of the presumptive Democratic nominee.
However, many loyal followers of Sanders, including progressive media figures and campaign surrogates, have resisted coalescing behind the former vice president, pointing to various policies as well as the newly surfaced sexual assault allegation made by former Biden staffer Tara Reade.
One of those supporters, progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski, told critics who are pressuring the left to unify that they could “blame” him if President Trump defeats Biden in November.
As a left-winger who will not vote for Biden I want you to know I’m 100% okay with you blaming me if Trump wins a second term. I mean it. Blame me. Then get to thinking real hard how you’re gonna get me to support your candidate the next time! Maybe even ask me, I’ll tell you!
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) April 13, 2020
That sparked a reaction from Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan, who told Kulinski, “If you’re ok with a white nationalist winning a second term, I question your ‘left-wing’ credentials.”
What this kind of thing says to me is that these are not “left-wing” voters. They are privileged white voters who demand to be bowed down to, no different than Trump’s voters want those who are not white and Christian to take the knee for them like in the “good old days.”
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 14, 2020
Reid also acknowledged that “yes of course there are nonwhite voters who fall into this category as well,” noting that she met a black mother and daughter who voted for the Green Party in 2016 because of their dislike for Hillary Clinton.