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Bernie Busts Uncle Joe

Sen. Bernie Sanders wades through a crowd during a presidential campaign stop at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Koreatown. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Last Thursday, Joe Biden announced (finally) that he was running for President. Bernie Sanders, who by that time was the front runner in many polls, took this as an opportunity to ask his supporters to up their donations. Although the Sanders campaign hasn’t said formally if this push is successful, an analysis of Facebook responses seems to say that it was. Within an hour or so after Biden’s announcement, Stephanie Born Chabez posted in Progressive Activists to get contributions from Bernie supports – and within 47 minutes of doing so she got 103 “likes” and 71 comments, most of them saying that they had made recent contributions.

Last Thursday, Joe Biden announced (finally) that he was running for President. Bernie Sanders, who by that time was the front runner in many polls, took this as an opportunity to ask his supporters to up their donations.

Thirteen hours after posting, there were 192 likes and 124 comments. But by 9:30 am CDT, you couldn’t find the posting any more! In other words, Facebook had taken it down. (I tried to find Chabez’s name (and my own) on the website. No such luck.)

On Bernie Sanders, My President, there was a poll with 48,000 votes run by CBS Pittsburgh. Bernie had 81% of the vote. On the other hand, if you examined the poll on the CBS Pittsburgh website, most of the voters were for Trump, and not for either Biden or Bernie! It just shows that polls aren’t to be believed.

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I’d sure like to get some comments from Bernie’s campaign about these findings! But I saw a Twitter tweet on Saturday which claims that Bernie Sanders “also raised $700,000 yesterday. It came from 30,000+ people contributing an average of $24 apiece.” This was repeated in a Facebook posting by Austin Miller. I’m wonder if this is accurate information. But it came supposedly from Ari Rabin-Havt, Chief of Staff to the Sanders campaign, so it’s probably good, right?

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Michael T. Hertz