Primarily Speaking

[Content Note: Racism; misogyny; transphobia; rape culture.]

image of Bernie Sanders, standing at a podium during a speaking event, in front of a giant US flag, with a perturbed look on his face, to which I've added text reading: 'Oh for fuck's sake. Fine. I can stand in front of flags, too.'

Good job, Bernie Sanders! Even though most of the people who engage in flag-based voting will probably assume that you are about to burn it!

One thing on which Sanders is not doing a good job is speaking about the intersections of race and gender with class. He's definitely a "rising tide lifts all boats" kinda guy, which would be fine if we all had equally awesome boats, but some of us have luxury yachts and some of us have leaky dinghies.

Which is why talking about race and gender (among other marginalizations) is so important, even (and especially) when you're delivering a populist economic message!

But Sanders is not doing that, and Emily Crockett explains why that matters in the must-read piece of the day. Go read it!

In other news on the Democratic side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton "will officially launch her campaign for president on June 13 with a rally on New York City's Roosevelt Island, ending the gradual ramp-up phase of her bid for president." The midday event will be open to the public, and Clinton will give a speech laying out "her vision for the campaign and her view of the country."

If you're thinking: Wait—wasn't she already running for president? Yes! She was! Because, unlike some other people I could mention (*cough*Jeb Bush*cough*), she's not testing the legal limits of the definition of presidential candidate like a goddamn asshole.

She was upfront about the fact that she's running, is fundraising legally, and is getting hammered for not answering questions, despite her clearly articulated plan to not fully campaign until summer, all because she believes the rule of law isn't a fucking suggestion.

In other news, New York Democrats who hate Clinton (because who doesn't! WOMEN, AMIRITE?) have approached former New York City Mayor (and former Republican) Michael Bloomberg about a possible presidential run. Friends, this piece in the Post is what we call a trial balloon, and you'll have to excuse me while I fashion this balloon into the shape of a turd.

And, as promised, Lincoln Chaffee, another former Republican, is about to hop into the race, too. Yawn.

Something something Martin O'Malley is the real enemy of Wall Street. I wish that were true! But guess what? There is literally no one who can get elected president of the United States of America being a real enemy to Wall Street, and O'Malley basically shares the same milquetoast reform policies as Clinton.

On the other side of the aisle, so many terrible politicians are up to so many terrible things! It's like binders of women nightmares over there!

I will just mention the top terriblest thing of all the terribleness, to save us all some time and tears! And the winner of today's WORST CLOWN IN THE CLOWN CAR AWARD goes to Professor of Bible Bigotry Mike Huckabee, who argued against transgender rights and inclusion by saying: "Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.' You're laughing because it sounds so ridiculous, doesn't it?"


an emoji version of my face with flames coming out of my eyes
Artist's rendering of my actual face.

Lastly, some conservative dude wrote an article headlined "Why a 20-candidate field would actually be great for the GOP in 2016" and here are some actual unironic phrases from it: "unprecedented level of talent" and "plethora of credible candidates" and "open market of fresh and viable players." LOL okay!

Talk about these things! Or don't. Whatever makes you happy. Life is short.

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