2016 presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
First is first! What is Gaslighting you might ask? It’s the willful manipulation of facts to twist and reshape them to form your own narrative. If anyone is guilty of it in this election cycle, many people would point to Donald Trump, but if one takes a closer look to the Democratic side we have clear examples as well. Let’s cover three of the most blatant instances of gaslighting coming out of the Clinton campaign.
1.) Senator Bernie Sanders has very clear record on guns. He’s come out against assault rifles, seeking to ban them. He’s said that any person who willfully sells guns to criminals, knowingly abetting them, should be held liable. Yet, the Clinton campaign has used the death of 20 children in Sandy Hook to turn a question of liability into an emotional knee jerk response.
2.) Secretary Clinton also has tried to claim Senator Bernie Sanders was against the auto bailout while omitting some key facts. Both Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Clinton voted for a stand alone bill that would have bailed out the industry and saved thousands of jobs, however it was shot down by Republicans. Bernie Sanders was not opposed to bailing out the industry… Just the hundreds of other provisions that were tacked onto the bill later down the road.
3.) Secretary Clinton used a very obvious hatchet piece by the Daily News tabloid out of New York to further her campaign. She or her surrogates used a section of the article where Senator Sanders was pressed for information on how he would go about breaking up the banks. It was framed as if he appeared to have floundered… He in fact gave the same answer both he and the Secretary herself gave months prior.
There have been more than the above listed instances of the Clinton campaign twisting the truth to fit their agenda, but not all the blows have landed. The now infamous #HillarySoQualifed hashtag backfired as both Clinton and Sanders supporters began to use it. Clinton supporters were quick to point out the qualifications for Secretary Clinton while Sanders supporters answered back. Both disqualifications and perceived slights were leveled against the Clinton campaign. Sander supporters would go on to even site the obvious biases of the mainstream media.
The main stream media has been a point of contention for the Sanders supporters, and they often speak up in protest to the blatant biases the Clinton campaign has received. One of the major complaints is that even when Senator Sanders has a string of landslide victories the media seems to marginalize them while propping up the Secretary with deceptively favorable language.
One supporter even went on to write this open letter to the Clinton campaign and the MSM in frustration:
To the Mainstream:
People love to talk about Hillary being the target of a smear campaign. How about what Hillary Clinton is doing right NOW to Senator Bernie Sanders in the press right now? She is outright lying, twisting his statements until they are a shell of what he had originally said and circulating a Daily News hatchet piece that was nothing but “gotcha” questions.
Mind you the answers look legitimately wince worthy… until you actually look a bit closer and really read through the entire transcript. The interviewer asked leading questions, brought up things that had nothing to do with Bernie’s answers in some weak attempt to box him into some reply that they could plaster on a headline without any semblance of real journalism.
Then as if it weren’t bad enough the Mainstream media pounces on this tabloid as if were the spoken word of god, plastering more horrible taglines than ever before in some disgusting attempt to malign a good and decent man.
All I can say is this… Shame. Shame on you Hillary Clinton for trying to use the tragedy of Sandy Hook as your own person stepping stool to the White House. Shame on you Mainstream media for failing the American people, for shoving untold hours of Drumpf down our throats while backing Hillary Clinton in a blatantly biased fashion. Shame on you for refusing to give Bernie credit where it is due without some snide remark or a backhanded compliment full of knuckles.
We aren’t the sheeple you think we are. We are educated and invested. We do our research. Oh… Trust and believe that we see you now and we will remember this beyond the election.
-We the People
While the Democratic side of this election cycle has been far more civilized and issue oriented as the competition ratchets up the contest will continue to grow more heated.