The Intercept - February 25, 2020
AS THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders gains momentum, the attacks against him are intensifying. The billionaire former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has announced that he is going to unleash a spate of attack ads against Sanders, while Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden are harping about comments Sanders made on “60 Minutes” in the 1980s, where he praised Cuba’s literacy efforts. The red-baiting attacks on Sanders are certain to increase this week ahead of the South Carolina primary on Saturday and next week’s Super Tuesday contest. As Sanders has been battling his primary challengers, he is also facing attacks from an often openly hostile corporate media culture. On MSNBC, his victory in Nevada was compared to the Nazi invasion of France; one of the network’s paid pundits referred to the Sanders national campaign press secretary as coming from the “island of misfit black girls”; and host Chuck Todd compared Sanders’s Twitter followers to Nazi “brown shirts.” Meanwhile, a surrogate for Buttigieg called on Sanders to “muzzle” his top African American campaign representative, while Bloomberg’s campaign put out a statement accusing Sanders of being “Trump’s new bro” and focused overwhelmingly on attacking the comments of senior black women on the Sanders campaign. In this Intercepted special, Sanders’s top national surrogate, Nina Turner, and campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray discuss the attacks against them, the red-baiting against Sanders, and why they believe Sanders could pull off a major upset in South Carolina.