With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders out the way, former vice president Joe Biden is the assumed nominee of the Democratic Party. As such, much of the party has been quick to step in and endorse him, even if they were not all that partial to him before Sanders’ withdrawal.
And when the self-declared socialist Sanders announced his endorsement of Biden on Monday, even more, fell in line behind him.
Sanders told Biden on Monday, “Today, I am asking all Americans – I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans – to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy which I endorse.” He went only to add that if “the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country” was to be defeated, then Joe had to win in November.
However, it appears not everyone on the left is willing to settle for Biden. In fact, even though Biden seems to be the Democrats’ only hope of ousting President Donald Trump, some are more adamant than ever about not endorsing or supporting Obama’s veep.
Take former National Press Secretary Briahna Joy Gray, for example. Gray, after watching Bernie’s endorsement of Biden online, told the world that while she still respects Sanders, there is no way she can follow in his footsteps and support Biden. For her, it’s all about the policies.
“With the utmost respect for Bernie Sanders, who is an incredible human being & a genuine inspiration, I don’t endorse Joe Biden. I supported Bernie Sanders because he backed ideas like #MedicareForAll, canceling ALL student debt, & a wealth tax. Biden supports none of those.”
But for progressive activist Shaun King, it has more to do with Biden’s slipping mental faculties.
He tweeted, “I can hardly believe what I am watching. In his conversation with @BernieSanders – @JoeBiden is clearly reading from a TelePrompTer. It’s supposed to be a CONVERSATION. I’ve never seen this happen in my entire life.” And he added, “I had to click away. Never in my life have I seen a leader require a Teleprompter and script TO HAVE A CONVERSATION with someone. It’s insulting. It’s bizarre. And frankly, frightening.”
And I have to admit, it is frightening. What does say about a man who in the running to be the next leader of the free world when he can’t have a simple conversation without being fed his lines?
How in the world is he going to make the decisions that we, as Americans, and, in fact, the rest of the planet rely on?
And it is this question that has prominent figures like Bernie Sanders fan Joe Rogan saying that he would rather vote for Trump than someone who can’t seem to think for himself.
Others, like the allied organization Democratic Socialists of America, don’t even give a reason for their unwillingness to endorse the would-be nominee. They have simply stated, “We are not endorsing @JoeBiden.”
However, not everyone has their mind entirely made up yet.
For progressive trendsetter and freshman House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the decision hasn’t quite been made yet. She told the New York Times in a recent interview that while she isn’t opposed to supporting him at some point, Biden will need to make some changes. He will need to prove to her and the rest of the left that he is willing to represent their communities, even if it makes him “uncomfortable.”
AOC says that while unity in the party is essential, especially if they are to beat Trump, it cannot be a rushed thing, with people on either side of the party simply “brush(ing) real policies… under the rug.” She says it should be a process that is “uncomfortable for everyone involved – that’s how you know it’s working. And if Biden is only doing things he’s comfortable with, then it’s not enough.”
However, she has also admitted that even if he doesn’t make those changes, she and others really have no other choice but to support him when November comes.
“I will be supporting the Democratic nominee in November. I would just hope that the nominee supports our communities too.”
But she may be one of the few.