Bernie Sanders gives apparent response to Mark Pocan attacks without mentioning Pocan by name

Earlier today, Bernie Sanders sent out an email, in which he stated that his campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination isn’t about Bernie Sanders himself:

As you know, we launched our campaign almost five months ago and we’re doing very well so far. We’ve seen leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, and continue to gain ground in states across the country.

And while we will never raise as much money as our opponents who receive huge donations from wealthy individuals and super PACs, I have been amazed by the outpouring of grassroots financial support that we have secured. In just a few months, we have received almost 1 million individual contributions online. Incredibly, these donations average less than $30 per contribution. In other words, while my opponents hold fundraising events in which a handful of millionaires make huge contributions, we are gaining extraordinary support with modest contributions coming from the working families and middle class of our country.

That’s what my politics is all about. That’s what I want to do throughout this campaign. And I want to thank all of you for your support.

Let me be very clear. As I have mentioned before and will mention again and again, this campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It’s about putting together a grassroots movement of Americans who stand up and say: “Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.”

(emphasis mine)

The rest of Sanders’s email lists key parts of his campaign platform, such as making higher education truly affordable, rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, reducing wealth inequality, making America less dependent on dirty fossil fuels, and ending systemic racism in the law enforcement and criminal justice systems.

Although Sanders didn’t mention U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) by name anywhere in the email, the email appears to be a response to recent attacks by Pocan, in which Pocan publicly dissed Sanders by referring to him as a “75-year-old socialist” (Sanders is actually 74 years old, although Sanders will be 75 on the date of the general election for president next year) and proceeded to bash progressives in the Democratic Party for supporting Sanders based on his “populist message”.

While Democratic insiders don’t seem to understand this, Bernie Sanders has spent his entire political career fighting to make America a better place to live. Every political campaign that Bernie has taken on has been about the people, not about himself.

2 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders gives apparent response to Mark Pocan attacks without mentioning Pocan by name

  1. I found this by searching same contents from an email that I received.

    I know practcically nothing about specific persons involved in Bernie Sanders’s life other than the human with the given name of Bernie Sanders.

    Reading the headline of this particular article, I have become aware of a human with the name of Mark Pocan.

    There’s a lot to think about and a lot that I could say, but reflecting on the concept with which the English words “This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders” were used to title the email message, too I consider that this is not a[n apparent] response about Mark Pocan (nor any other human with similar personality type and/or related behavior symbolic to that which may be represented by the human with that name, again, of whom I know nothing about, other than that supposedly a human with that name exists — and conceptualize that it is principals for which concern is expressed, and not principals applied to a particular human, perhaps analogous to Gandhi expressing similarly that he didn’t want attention relative to him personally, but more so to focus on the principals for which any other human could behave similarly just as well)


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