Bernie Sanders: Tea Party Activists Were The Actual Paid Protesters Thanks To The Koch Brothers [VIDEO]

Politico reports:

Sen. Bernie Sanders bristled at the idea that liberal protests against President Donald Trump all over the country are analogous to the protests and demonstrations that marked the beginning of the tea party movement.

“It’s not a tea party because the tea party was essentially funded by the billionaire Koch brothers family,” Sanders said during an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Sunday on “Meet the Press.” “This is a spontaneous and grass-roots uprising of the American people.”

Sanders, a Vermont independent who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, went on to say that there would be protests all over the country meant to pressure Republicans to answer questions on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    It really is the difference between a Grassroots movement and an AstroTurf movement. Tea Party was AstroTurf, what we are seeing against Hair Furor is Grassroots.

    • kaydenpat

      And Rightwingers know that and it pisses them off to no end.

      • The_Wretched

        And that’s why they lie about it endlessly. They need to muddy it up.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Bernie keep egging on Orange 45. He will have a stroke yet

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      I don’t think it’s going to take long.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Today would be nice.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          Sure would, but I can wait until the end of the week.

      • Todd20036

        So, it’ll be a short “long stroke”?

  • bkmn

    The media love to take whatever the right manufactures and spoon feeds to them and regurgitates it with no real work involved.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Sam_Handwich

      rut ro. i guess Ivanka hasn’t seen the Conway/Fatal attraction sketch

      • clay

        Hubby might have to decide if he’s there for the Ivanka, or if he’s there for the Trump. (Since he had her change her first name, but not her last, I have my suspicions.)

        • Guest

          Change her first name?

          • clay

            She converted to Judaism and took the name Yael, which has some interesting history behind it.

    • Michael R
    • kaydenpat

      But Conway was just trying to be helpful to Trump’s spawn. Sad.

    • Henry Auvil
      • another_steve

        Henry… You’re good today.

        Very good.

      • Oh, Parker

        Lived for that show.

    • David L. Caster

      I guess this was what was meant when Spicer told the press that KellyCon had been “counseled”.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      But its ok for Iskanka to sit in on meetings with heads of state? With countries she has business dealings??

    • John B.

      Truly, the person doing the most damage to Ivanka Trump’s brand is her own father. He may blame everybody but himself, but I suspect she knows the truth.

  • BeaverTales

    I would love to see a new political movement emerge from these protests as well.

    The Tea things were about nativism and unearned privilege. This movement will hopefully be about fairness and transparency.

    • JAX

      Three words: Occupy Wall Street.

      • pablo

        Was doing great until it was destroyed by identity politics. Don’t let the democratic party follow suit.

      • BeaverTales

        It’s 1984….

        Wall Street bought out both Ds and Rs. Now that Citizens United made both parties the bitches of the rich and privileged, Elections down to the local level will become financial arms races instead of consideration of local issues.

        We want celebrity more than wisdom. We are a very sick society to have made this a contest between Clinton and Trump and not between Sanders and Trump.

        People on both sides of the aisle want the younger generation to ignore the financial injustices their parents committed against them by dismantling the signature legislation their grandparents created to protect them from the excesses of corporate America. Obama forestalled the revolution that was brewing by focusing the public on us…everyone was happy until Mr. Sanders dared to point out the huge joke the Democrats have become to their own base since 2007.

        There are rich folks who want to make sure voters think America’s most important social division of the millenium is mainly about gay rights.

        It isn’t of course….gay republicans are even allowed to exist and raise money that used to go to professional con artists like Ted Cruz. Trump out-Cruzed Ted Cruz in the same way that Hillarycrats outwitted the Berniecrats by making the Berniecrats think we were all playing by the same rules..

        When the voters went with their collective gut, they chose the candidate they perceived as being the most likely to save American jobs. Not the ones who supported the TPP and repeal of Glass Steagall.

        They’ve now got the guy whose Penthouse looks out on Wall Street to police Wall Street. Hillary was always easy for the crooks who stole American jobs to hide from. Like Obama, she was never interested in punishing Wall Street for anything.

        No one doubted Trump would fuck up foreign policy, but even some Occupy Democrats probably voted Trump because they felt the party had left them behind None of them are racist. Trump was skillful in creating a unique voting bloc for himself.

        Isolationists, like the Robber barons, never died out in WW2. They simply captured the government and denied us our democracy….now local laws are written by corporations catering to an increasingly youthful demographic. What Trump doesn’t destroy will someday be rescued by the next incarnation of Bernie Sanders, if Bernie or someone like him doesn’t run against Trump in 2020. Then this country is royally screwed if Trump creates jobs as promised.

        This political movement needs to find a good income source in order to stay peaceful. That is what’s gonna be the tough one for now.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall:_aftermath_of_repeal

    • Ninja0980

      I would love to see this energy be put into voting in ALL elections, including not so sexy ones as school boards and city councils and off year elections.
      We want to make a difference, we need to start voting.

  • kaydenpat

    True. I detect no lies. That’s why it is amusing to hear Rightwingers claim that the massive protests against Trump are bought and paid for. Projection at its best.

    • Jeffg166

      Their worst fears of the masses uniting and rising.

  • Lawerence Collins

    This is who could’ve been our President. A man whose been fighting for the working poor and what’s left of the middle class.
    Tulsi Gabbard, Nina Turner 2020.
    No more Neoliberalism! No more establishment Democrats!
    JusticeDemocrats.com

    • SoCalGal20

      You mean Tulsi Gabbard who went off to have tea with Assad in Syria?

    • joe ho

      lol.

      This is the one who helped put Trump in the WH.

      Smiling and winking at his Bernie Bros vicious sexist attacks on Hillary, waving on their booing, poisoning the well. Bernobos not much different than Trumpanzees chanting lock her up.

      No more far-left spoilers.

      • bill weber

        Sanders is not ‘far left’. There is no ‘far left’ in America. There are corporate pigs, though:

        [img]http://cdn.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/articles/2016/03/17/the-wedding-that-explains-the-election/jcr:content/image.img.2000.jpg/1458228471898.cached.jpg[/img]

        • joe ho

          lol.

          right. no difference between clinton and trump.

          plenty of photos of tip o’neill palling around with reagan.

          you far-left nut jobs are self-destructive, self-defeating scum.

          • bill weber

            I didn’t say there was NO difference, and don’t believe that.

            They do wipe their asses in strikingly similar ways though (on us).

          • joe ho

            lol.

            if you think their ways are strikingly similar and that the differences don’t far and away outweigh any similarities, then you’re more stupid than you already seem, comrade bill.

          • bill weber

            Oh, not that radical lefty Tip O’Neill!

          • joe ho

            lol.

            you mean that center-left Tip O’Neill who was so evil and so much a sellout as to pal around with Reagan!

            you really are lying, deceiving nut-jobs.

        • Carl

          OK…. we really need to retire this idea that anybody who had their picture taking together are conspiring with each other.

          Nobody can stand up to that kind of scrutiny. You wouldn’t believe some of the bottom dwellers I’ve had to suck it up and have drinks with for social purposes. It’s a crap meme. Let it go.

          • bill weber

            It’s beyond photos, dear. Trump donated to Hil. And to the Clinton Fund-ation. Why? As he said, to be owed something.

          • Carl

            Okay… here we go with the crooked Clinton Foundation crap again. All you guys who beat your chest over how you’re supposedly so much more liberal than me wouldn’t have anything to say if you couldn’t steal right wing talking points.

          • cleos_mom

            Won’t go over well with the Alternative Facts Community, but whatever. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f541403ec63170e6b38930fe2e2cd5bdd7128b2620107129b33d570545886ab.jpg

      • Lawerence Collins

        Progressives didn’t put that 🍊Scourge in the White House. What’s happened to your kind? You think establishment Democrats really care about the people?! You’re sorely mistaken.
        If Hillary had really connected with the American people. There was no way that trump could’ve won. Yet he did! Are you that much in denial?

        • joe ho

          lol.

          Still in denial about your responsibility for Trump, i see. Just like Nader and Bush.

          If Bernie had really connected with the American people he would have won California and the primary.

          You’re the one in deep denial about how much 8 months of vicious attacks from the left injured Hillary.

          You far-left fucktards are incapable of taking for responsibility for the bad effects of your extremism in close presidential races–just like in 2000.

          It’s an illness you have.

          • Lawerence Collins

            Looks like I hit a nerve. Throw all the stones you want. If you think that’ll appease your guilt in getting 🍊Elected.
            I took the advice of someone I respect and voted for Billary. Push your guilt someplace else.

            PS.. everything Bernie Sanders said about her was true. He should’ve been harder on her.
            Wake the Fcuk UP!

          • joe ho

            lol.

            Yet another demonstration of your complete and utter cluelessness.

            A rare moment of good sense by voting for Clinton (if you really did) does nothing to erase the damage done by the far left’s sustained scorched earth attacks on her for nearly a year. You furthered the right’s agenda by parroting their talking points.

            3rd term elections are not the time for vicious attacks from the far-left. they weaken candidates in an election that favors the non-incumbent party. you fucktards did it in 2000 and you did it again in 2016.

            Cheetolini’s your doing. Own it.

    • Carl

      Calm down, Lawrence. You’re acting like a teenager.

      • Lawerence Collins

        Thanks, at fifty three, I’ll take it.. because I still believe in this country and I want what’s best for it?

        • Carl

          Nobody who spends as much time making false equivalencies about Clinton and Trump as you really cares who is president or what’s best for our country.

          You like throwing stones in comment sections. That’s it.

          • Lawerence Collins

            You’re just like an opinion. Or is it an asshole?!

            That you think you have an idea of who I am, is laughable.

  • Michael R

    I posted this last night , but here it is again if anyone missed it …

    ” We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way.
    You see, they love America like a 4-year-old loves his mommy.
    Liberals love America like grown-ups.

    To a 4-year-old, everything Mommy does
    is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad.

    Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.

    That’s why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well. ”

    Al Franken – Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004).

    • ByronK

      this ^^^^

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  • Rebecca Gardner

    Uh Oh! Christie Cream is mad at Trump administration. Probably criticizing them because he didn’t get a Cabinet position.

    Christie: Flynn needs to clear up Russia conversation details with Trump, Pence
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/12/politics/chris-christie-mike-flynn-russia/index.html

    • David L. Caster

      Yeah, lies work so much better when everyone is telling the same one.

    • Todd20036

      While I don’t give 2 shits about Krispie, I would have been a lot happier if he were the VP over Pence.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I love the poorly educated! So I put them in charge of everything.

    https://twitter.com/mashable/status/830835958819983363

    • SoCalGal20

      Maybe Betsy could start with some remedial grammar and spelling classes at the Dept. Of Ed (It’s hilarious if their social media person is doing it on purpose to make her look bad, though).

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Rich people have been showing the rest of us common folk how to be stupid since….well …since the beginning of recorded history.
        Being wealthy has absolutely nothing to do with being intelligent

    • Rebecca Gardner
    • Oh, Parker

      Oh, dear…

    • Who is writing her tweets…Oswald Bates?

  • greenmanTN

    Go back in time and you’d see Fox News talking about it non-stop, even covering spaces where no one was, footage of empty spaces, and calling it a successful rally.

  • Blake J Butler

    The chickens are coming home to roost. There was no legitimacy in the Tea party other than to undermine Obama’s presidency, racism rooted in the movement, causing the obstructionism in the congress, blocking Obama’s goals left, right, and center.

    Taking 20 million people off of healthcare coverage, and not implementing a plan in place to replace the ACA, is premeditated murder. Defunding PP, passing RFRA bills, trying to kill the EPA, privatize public education, and so on. People this time have legitimate reasons to resist the current administration.

    Just like the pro-life protest in Minnesota yesterday that had a few hundred people show up, versus several thousand that showed up to counter protest the pro-life protest.

    People are waking up, they are resisting, and this is the beginning of a real revolution, not the hyped up one you made up just to be an asshole to probably (at least mine) the greatest president we ever had.

  • another_steve

    I dunno, I’m still in “angry at Bernie” mode.

    Had he and his youthful supporters gotten behind the only viable Democratic candidate — Hillary Clinton — early on, we might not be experiencing the current fascist takeover attempt we’re witnessing today in the White House.

    • David L. Caster

      Dunno, maybe. Had progressives not abandoned Obama at the first midterms of his administration and remained as motivated as they appear to be now, the GOP and Tea Party movement would have been crushed 6 years ago. Strange how everyone has gotten all concerned now that there’s a disaster. Like Bernie, about 60 million people are more than a little late to sit up and take notice. And don’t even get me started about what has happened in the states.

      • another_steve

        I continue to maintain, David, that this period of American political history is/was largely determined by racial politics. We Americans, I think, underestimate the post-Civil War racism that still exists in the American political consciousness.

        I think Donald Trump is President today largely because he is not black.

        His opponent was an ally of the black enemy.

        • David L. Caster

          His opponent was an ally of the black enemy.

          Perhaps that and was female. Nevertheless, 1/3rd of the electorate sat on its hands. That level of nonparticipation more than anything accounts for the fact that what is essentially a liberal country is in the hands of madmen conservatives.

          • another_steve

            Know what I’d really love to see, David? The actual number of Bernie supporters who didn’t vote for Clinton in the crucial states that ended up making the electoral difference for Trump in the election.

            I’d really love to see that number.

          • David L. Caster

            Me too. The same for Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I’d love to too, because I think you guys are just looking for a scapegoat instead of facing the real reasons why Hillary lost.

          • Joseph Miceli

            No. This election was rigged by gerrymandered districts and voter suppression. The Republicans are basically occupying America and our elections are illegitimate because of this.

      • bill weber

        Progressives “abandoned” Obama because… he wasn’t progressive.

        • Joseph Miceli

          I loved him…but the Obama couldn’t bargain worth a damn. He gave away too much without getting enough.

    • bill weber

      EARLY ON, huh? So you wanted a coronation? Yes, she was so viable she couldn’t beat a turnip.

      The Blame Game will never end for Clintonistas. Next time get behind a candidate whose every word doesn’t sound like a memorized index card, and has a message besides “I’m not my opponent.”

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Um and can bernie utter anything other than “free college education” and “1% something something”
        and I believe steve is referring to bernard sanders, super-INDEPENDENT, endorsing hillary soon AFTER she won the nomination.
        No instead, he hee-hawed around, basking in his adulation. whispered in his ear by his macbethean wife, and didnt take a concrete stand against what is obviously a disaster.

      • joe ho

        lol.

        she won the popular vote by 3 million.

        it took knee-capping by russia, a rogue fbi, voter suppression and an archaic electoral system to defeat her.

        the sustained vicious attack from the bernie left did its part, too.

        you far-left nut-jobs are self-deafeating scum–worse than the lock her up trumpanzees.

        you bernobos own this clusterfuck as much as the maga imbeciles.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          No its the simplicity of watching republicans swallow their own vomit and endorse trump. Lock step.
          Liberals just cannot seem to take some vinegar with their sugar. Oh no. Our candidate has to be pure, and exciting, and perfect!
          Not to mention sanders supporters were 90% caucasian.
          The democratic tent is more than just disgruntled hipsters

          • Joseph Miceli

            I see. So, anti-corporate greed, universal health care and free college are white centric racist ideas. Thank you, if you hadn’t told me I’d never have known.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Im not sure how you connected dots between bernard sanders supporters being caucasian and them also being white racists, but whatever works for you.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Well you felt the need to report that ” sanders supporters were 90% caucasian.” Where I used a fine point you used a magic marker .

        • cleos_mom

          Ditto the Steinschuckers.

          • TuuxKabin

            Oh, not that asshole again.

        • Joseph Miceli

          This…THIS is the thing I hate the absolute most about Joe My God. The anti Bernie bullshit and then the abuse aimed at Bernie and anyone who ever supported him. It might as well be Breitbart for all the thought that goes into it.
          I’ve loved this site since it kept me sane through George Bush and I’ve NEVER seen progressives treat each other like shit the way the “Bernie or Bust” (all three of them on this site) people treat the Hillary people or…WORSE! …the non-stop fuck-a-thon Hillary people get up to when they have their favorite whipping boy featured on the site.
          Seriously, Bernie is sitting there bravely saying things that no true progressive should have any problem supporting, but because its BERNIE….shit, this might as well be the Republican Congress talking about Obama. ” I know universal healthcare is our idea, but if HE wants it…I’m against it!”
          Yeah, blame Bernie. It’s easier than figuring out why the DNC is so fucking inept.

          • joe ho

            not hard to figure out what goes wrong for the democrats.

            the gop have political discipline. they turn out for midterm elections. they hold their noses and vote.

            liberals lack political discipline. they don’t turn out for midterms. they need to be in love with their candidate or excited to bother to vote.

            and the far-left prefers to virtue signal and cast protest votes as opposed to working with a centrist candidate to pull them a little to the left. nader, sanders, and stein. same scenario.

            after 2 terms it’s hard for incumbent party to win anyway. “change” gives opposing party the advantage. it’s not the time for hard challenges from the left–which tend to weaken, not strengthen a party’s chances. and the bernie-bros challenge this year was particularly vicious and sustained. too bad the far-left didn’t learn this lesson in 2000 and repeated it in 2016. and they’ll do it again. no reason to let them off the hook.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Yet the thing you did for most about us and I agree it is frustrating is our diversity of opinion which leads us to have multiple candidates and many issues under one umbrella . It is like herding cats but it’s the price you pay . Now you know this and I know this . Why didn’t Debbie Wasserman’s DNC know this and plan for it ?

      • Carl

        The projection is strong with these bernie or bust guys. Are you going to spend the rest of your life reliving a revisionist version of the 2016 primaries?

        No one wanted a coronation but it would have been nice if the bernie fanatics had reached out and tried to win over the rest of the democratic coalition, aka minorities, instead of showing utter contempt for us. Show us your candidate tops Clinton in experience instead of calling us shills for not swooning over his repetitive stump speech. The bernie movement threatened and intimidated and seemed to be willing to settle for nothing less than a coup. It smelled like the white panic we were seeing from the other side. Make up your mind whether you want to be taken seriously within the Democratic party or just want to use it as an outlet for your hostilities.

      • The Blame Game will never end for Clintonistas says the guy who never stops blaming everyone else…too rich!

        • Joseph Miceli

          Aside from all the vitriol, there are some good points here.
          Yes, Bernie should NEVER have attacked Hillary…but she DID attack Obama…remember? How much damage did Bernie do? Not as much as over 30 years of Republican lies had done to her. She was trying to run a mile with a 50 pd weight on each ankle. She was irrevocably damaged.
          Wasserman-Shulz’s hamhanded mismanagement of the DNC was tantamount to surrender! She had the opportunity but chose not to bring suit on behalf on hundreds of cases of voter suppression and gerrymandering in the years since 08. She chose not to. DWS had plenty of time to work out how to deal with both candidates fairly and to at least figure out how to APPEAR impartial…but that was too much trouble. DWS and the DNC did not think they needed to appeal to white, middle aged Blue collar voters. Well, we saw how that worked out. DWS and the DNC didn’t feel that local and state house elections were as important as the presidency. …and here we are with nothing.
          But blame Bernie. It is easier than actually admitting what was wrong and fixing it for next time.
          Or who will we blame next time?

          • Next time will most likely be different. This time it was, as I see it, a perfect storm of events that added up to disaster and if any one factor should bear the most responsibility it is who ever orchestrated the outside influence of outright corruption and fraud. I’m not a Berner or a Clintonista for the record.
            And sugarbear I am not one who see conspiracies under the bed – not aluminum foil hats in MY closet – but my intuition on November 9th was working overtime!

            p.s.the “sugarbear” is meant with the utmost affection
            p.p.s. more than once you have made me “moist” πŸ˜‰

          • Joseph Miceli

            LOL, I’m just bitter about all the disunity. It seems Progressives are spending as much time and effort blaming each other as they should be spending on taking the country back. It is wasted effort and pointless…unless you are dissing Jill Stein. She’s a tool.
            thank you, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Joseph Miceli

      Bullshit!
      You had an idiot as DNC Charwoman, (that is NOT misspelled, by the way) Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She ignored local races, Governor’s and State Houses’ races and concentrated on the Presidency. This fiasco was years in the making and as much as some on the left want to tar and feather Bernie for it, the inept policies and tone deaf actions of Dems both before and during the election were a major contributor to Hillary’s defeat and the present status of the Democratic Party. Other factors include Hillary’s baggage (which I’ve come to accept is 99 percent Republican slander of a good woman and excellent civil servant) and the rampant racism misogyny and xenophobia that the media refused to challenge on the Republican side. Hell, before blaming Bernie maybe you should ask yourself why white blue collar men simply refused to vote for her. I guarantee Bernie wasn’t responsible for that.
      But that’s a complex answer and people like simple answers. So, just blame Bernie.
      There! All taken care of!

  • joe ho

    Bernie did his part to put Trump in the WH. Be sure to thank him.

  • Blake J Butler

    Frank Ancona, KKK Imperil Wizard, found dead in Missouri River. Would it be inappropriate to burst out into song in celebration ?

    https://youtu.be/oZTSuMErgsw

    http://www.theroot.com/frank-ancona-kkk-imperial-wizard-found-dead-in-a-miss-1792267188

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Oh No! Al Jarreau died! :’-(

    R.I.P. Thanks for sharing your amazing voice with the world.
    https://youtu.be/otVH5cv9z1A

    • Chucktech

      Shit!

  • SoCalGal20

    Here’s Stephen Miller on Face the Nation. Start watching at about the 2 minute mark until about 3:10. HOLY. SHIT. What he says about the judiciary and what he thinks of presidential powers. Also, he completely creeps me out.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/trump-policy-advisor-says-it-is-a-substantial-understatement-to-call-white-house-in-control/

    • jimbo65

      I know. What’s going on with his eyes?

    • greenmanTN

      Robot Spice

  • Adonisus

    He’s not wrong. Although there were some grassroots elements in the Tea Party, it was predominantly the product of years of astroturfing and Think Tank propaganda by the likes of Adelson, the Koch Bros, etc.

    The big difference between the Tea Party and this new movement is best shown by what happened when the Muslim Ban became public knowledge. GIANT spontaneous protests all over the County and the world. No pre-planning. No set dates or publicity. Just spontaneous, genuine rage.

  • Fer gawd’s sake… No, don’t muddy the waters, Bernie.

    Let’s be clear here: Neither the current anti-Drumpf/GOP protesters now nor the Tea Bagger protesters from a couple years ago were “paid.” It’s a stupid-ass accusation and dishonest beyond belief to accuse people of not having the opinions they have, save for being paid to have them.

    I’m sure it happened the other way around, but I can’t begin to say how many times last year I was accused of being a “paid” shill for Hillary. It is the kind of ad hominem accusation someone makes when they don’t want to debate the merits of the disagreement, but to shut it down and discredit the person or group with the opposing opinion.

    Who then, actually is being paid, sometimes? The organizers. Take the Tea Party, for instance. Their protesters were typically people who were sincere (if ignorant and misguided) in their beliefs. But hey, they’d need a bus to get to the protest and THAT is what was being paid for. Plus there were costs associated with the organizing and so on. This is what was paid for by the Koch Brothers — and other Republican organizers and lobbyists — in order to make the movement seem not-GOP on the surface. When a group supports only Republican causes, candidates, and policies, they’re really no different than the Log Cabin Republicans who are basically far-right GOPers who just happen to be gay and for some reason never actually support LGBT causes or civil rights.

    I’ve no doubt there are some deep pockets helping to support the anti-GOP uprising now underway. No, not George Soros — which as far as I’m concerned is just “1984”-style scapegoating, ala Goldstein. The difference is they’re not hiding and not coordinating with and taking direction from the DNC, as the Tea Party groups were with the GOP. “We need you to show up at this town hall and make a big noise against Obamacare and death panels. Here’s your talking points.” Protesters: “Okay.” As with anything the Republicans do, their structure is relatively tightly controlled and top-down. The Dems on the other hand, as we know, can’t organize anything — they’re crap at herding cats, which is why so much of the time you’ll see protests with a sea of signs with conflicting messages.

    Like I said though, it’s important to know the difference between the group itself being funded and supported by whatever means and questioning the sincerity of people’s opinions.

    • Carl

      Yeah, it’s the “bulldoze your way through any nuance and skip straight to the zero-sum red meat” trump-lite cult of personality style of Bernie that really turns people off.

      The tea party was real. They really do hate us. Yes, right wing media had to exaggerate their attendance numbers. The tea party just needed help knowing where to stand and what sign to hold for the occasion.

      That’s why the rallies got off track so often. The koch brothers wanted them screaming about taxes and deficits but when interviewed they just wanted to complain about immigrants and the poor.

    • Joseph Miceli

      I think you just took 5 paragraphs to show how you disagree with Bernie only to end up agreeing with EXACTLY what he said.
      The Kochs organized and bankrolled the Tea Party. This is truth. Were the protestors paid to show up? No …and no one said that.

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    Bernie!! ✊

    Hindsight is 2020 🌹☭🌹☭🌹

  • cleos_mom

    “Meet The Republicans” was especially brain cell-free this morning, despite a brief interruption by a non-collaborator.

  • rextrek1

    hey Chuck – could u be any more dismissive of Bernie…….I heard it in your voice……..FU Todd!

    • Joseph Miceli

      I fucking LOATHE Chuck Todd!

  • WTHella

    It’s a tell when Republicans make outrageous accusations with no evidence to back them up. They’re telling on themselves basically. Their accusations are projections of themselves. It’s always what they’ve done or what they would do if given half a chance.

  • Mark

    Don’t mean to be rude, but i am way over this one. He works my very last gay nerve with his harrumph-harrumph.

    • Michael

      Yup, working your “gay nerve” when he was only one of two Senators who opposed DADT because he felt gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly. Nothing like your beloved Queen who ONLY supported your rights when it wouldn’t cost her any votes.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Welcome to “Joe My God, ” where is is all Bernie bashing every day, all day and all night! We don’t care what he says or what he does, we don’t like him!”
      And you got mad when they did it to Obama.

    • Mark

      You might try letting go of the past and tune in to today. His day has come and gone….just like hers. I don’t believe either of them can unite a solid front to knock out the rethugs.

      and FWIW – I didn’t vote for ‘her’. Just too much baggage. I voted for SCOTUS.

  • Michael

    Wow, it doesn’t take much for these threads to emphasize and remind why Trump is in power. Could some of you be bigger d!cks about Bernie?

    Ah, I remember the old days when your whole attitude was “Screw you, we don’t need you anyways.”

    You guys are such f’n assh*les and your b!tch totally deserved to lose.

  • thom

    if the teaparty/conservative movement was all astroturf and not a legitimate movement then how do we have a Republican-conspiracy theoriast president, a Republican house, a Republican senate, a majority of state governorships in Republican control, a majority of state legislators in Republican control and a court hanging in the balance and soon to tip conservative?
    we dismissed the teaparty protests too early and ended up in the fucked up situation that we are in now.

    • Joseph Miceli

      You have a lot of apples and oranges mixed in there. Just because you don’t like Bernie doesn’t mean he’s wrong. The Koch’s really did astroturf the Tea Party movement…until it got away from them. Bernie is right. The Koch’s created Frankenstein’s monster and then it turned on them. Besides, from their point of view this isn’t all that bad. After all, Trump IS their friend.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Fuck Chuck Todd and Fuck former Sen. Jim Webb. Mr. Dino wouldn’t endorse Hillary nor would he condemn Trump. No one is interested in what he has to say about Dems “working with (collaborating!) ” with the Trump regime.