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Voters for Bernie Sanders can't believe that their candidate doesn't win every state, so they rationalize. They say Bernie gets the "real" states, while Hillary only wins "Southern" or "Confederate" states in the south, totally dismissing her wins in Massachusetts, Iowa (which they still consider a tie), and Illinois.
There seems to be a basic lack of civics knowledge, as well as a sense of what the Primary is supposed to achieve, which is a chance for Democrats in blue, red, or purple states to pick a general election candidate. Bernie simply does better in party-run caucuses in smaller states, while Hillary is picking up loads of delegates in straightforward primaries run by state and local governments. In fact, her lead in both popular votes and delegates is getting to the point that some Democrats are suggesting that Bernie should drop out of the race for the good of the party.
A call for Bernie Sanders to drop out, by liberal blogger @markos https://t.co/7FtArTucEg (via @thehill)— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) March 23, 2016
President Obama privately tells donors that the time is coming to unite behind Hillary Clinton https://t.co/uh4DBr0lXu @maggienyt @shearm— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) March 17, 2016
But Bernie and his gang are not going to go quietly into that good night, and the first stage of campaign loss is denial.
Last night during the Western Tuesday primary, Bernie handily won the Idaho and Utah caucuses, but Hillary got basically a landslide in Arizona so the denial reached new heights, with the Bernies blaming Hillary and the Democrats for somehow "making sure" there were going to be long lines in Maricopa County, and even blaming them for paperwork problems involving Independents trying to vote in a closed Primary open only to Dems. Trolls jumped onto Twitter last night to insist that the Democrats were running the AZ primary (see below) and would not listen to reason.
Sanders: Thousands who wanted to vote in Arizona couldn't https://t.co/vQPhRk55Oc pic.twitter.com/DtItu4gljx— The Hill (@thehill) March 23, 2016
First of all, Arizona is a red state with a state-run primary for both parties. Number two, voters for every candidate, including GOP and Hillary voters, were standing in the same long lines. And thirdly, the County Vote Recorder admitted to a reporter on video that local election officials decided to have half the number of usual voting places and count on early voting by mail to pick up the slack - big mistake during such a major election year with so many candidates. So none of it has anything to do with Hillary, but the Republican bureaucracy and penny-pinching of the state of Arizona and Maricopa County in particular. Most other counties did not have the same problems.
But don't let the facts bother you, Bernie bros!
Bernie's long-time Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver (cousin of Karl Rove of "skewed polls" fame on Fox News), said he was concerned that "something happened" in Arizona to help Hillary get more votes. He was also asked about why Bernie voters nearly always "boo" for Hillary when Bernie mentions her name.
Reporter asks Weaver about Bernie's tone at rallies and responsibility for his supporters booing Hillary... pic.twitter.com/PDkOBAJpdn— Terra Firma (@SDzzz) March 23, 2016
Weaver's response? "I think the tone of our rallies is fantastic" https://t.co/onKP85s33A— Kevin Phelan (@KPhed) March 23, 2016
California will be watching how Bernie is inciting but not controlling his followers. It's about time! #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/s04aTAzDk1— Terra Firma (@SDzzz) March 23, 2016
Jeff Weaver is delusional. He has calculated a path to victory for Sanders.. Completely evades question about bad behavior of supporters.— Denise C. (@HawaiiDelilah) March 23, 2016
Jeff Weaver spinning a conspiracy theory about vote counts and their supporters eating it up with a spoon.— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) March 23, 2016
If Arizona doesn't prove that the DNC is rigging the primaries, I don't know what will— Glen type guy (@canadianglen) March 23, 2016
Tonight, in light of the #VoterSuppression I vow to never vote for Hillary.— Kansans For Bernie (@WichitaBern) March 23, 2016
I will not reward the DNC for corruption.#BernieOrBust
@WichitaBern @KatCapps Sigh. Don't you realize that STATES run elections? AZ is run by GOP. THEY want 2 suppress Dem vote so GOP wins.— Betsy (@bbkenn92) March 23, 2016
@DrDinD @WichitaBern Why didn't DNC identify this as a problem &work to fix it?— Nurse Ratched (@veggie64_leslie) March 23, 2016
They knew before hand the number of voters v polling places
Jeff Weaver reporting election rigging in #Arizona not sure if its the Hillary Camp yet that did it or the #DNC.— L G J (@wcgirl1) March 23, 2016
#BernieSanders hides behind manager #JeffWeaver's nasty campaign so he can appear to have clean hands...but he's just as guilty— AMC (@Truthbuster) March 23, 2016
I would only expect the #ArizonaVoterFraud actions from a Republican candidate. Oh wait... Hillary is basically a Republican.— The Bernie Journey (@BernieJourney16) March 23, 2016
@JM_Ashby apparently, she's responsible for independent voters in Arizona not knowing they couldn't vote in the primary.— Bubble Genius (@bubblegenius) March 23, 2016
If you think Clinton is responsible for Republican voter suppression, please never tweet again— Jordan Ashby (@JM_Ashby) March 23, 2016
My timeline tells me Berners believe Clinton somehow altered Arizona law to create long lines at the polls— Jordan Ashby (@JM_Ashby) March 23, 2016