What Is Sanders Even Doing? Today's Edition.

[Content Note: Misogyny.]

Hillary Clinton is fighting on two fronts: She's running against Bernie Sanders, who can't win the Democratic primary but continues to attack her, and she's running against Donald Trump, who is launching attacks on her so egregious that even Sanders calls them "ugly."

She is "the only candidate running two races at the same time—and she's winning both of them."

Trump has a legitimate reason to be fighting her (even if he chooses the most despicable means by which to do it). Sanders, on the other hand, has lost. And although he justifies his continued campaign by arguing that he wants to push Clinton to embrace his agenda, that's not exactly honest: Their agendas are already, and always have been, very similar; the real difference between them is, and always has been, their preferred strategies for enacting that agenda.

So Sanders keeps running, and, although he could very easily continue his campaign by pivoting to a focus on Trump, he's kept his focus primarily on Clinton, attacking her while incredibly claiming he's doing no such thing.
"As you well know, there are many areas that I could have attacked Hillary Clinton on that I have chosen not to attack her on," he said. "What I have done is run an issue-oriented campaign. That is what the American people want."
This demonstrable absurdity was offered during an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, who asked him about the fact that Clinton now faces "attacks from both his campaign and Trump's as she looks ahead to the general election."

And this was his unbelievable response: "Andrea, in every state we have won, in 19 states we have had to take on the entire Democratic establishment. We've had to take on senators and governors and mayors and members of Congress. That's what we have taken on, so please do not moan to me about Hillary Clinton's problems."

Wow. WOW.

First of all, his having "to take on the entire Democratic establishment" is not a response to a legitimate question about the Democratic frontrunner having to fight on two fronts. Especially not when he stated, point-blank, to Mitchell's colleague Chuck Todd: "I will do everything that I can to make certain that Donald Trump is not elected president." There is no question, none, at this point that getting behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is one of the things, one of the most critical things, he could and should be doing to prevent a Trump presidency.

Secondly, I find it really obnoxious that he framed a female journalist asking him a valid question as "moaning to him." Like she's a nagging wife, instead of a journalist doing her job.

A presidential candidate expressing exasperated condescension at a prominent female journalist is not an okay thing to do. And I do not understand why Bernie Sanders believes otherwise.

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