Sorry I haven’t written anything this month. Getting ready for the Iowa caucuses and early states. Same old corporate main stream media propaganda basically. I remember the time last year when I told Erin Burnett OutFront: ‘Erin, you sound like someone in the media’! That was good. She used to work for Goldman Sachs / Wall Street, just like Hillary and Obama. I worked my socks off to help Hillary beat Trump after she cheated me of the nomination and now she is claiming that I didn’t do enough to unite the party as if I’m why she lost to Trump? Even Mike Bloomberg is now claiming that if I’d got the nomination I’d have beaten Trump easily. Anyway, don’t get me started.
Did Pelosi time the impeachment hearings/votes to coincide with the build up to the Iowa caucuses? I’m glad to do my constitutional duty, though I wish I didn’t have to stop canvassing in Iowa. Glad that Alexandria and Rashida and Ilhan etc, we’re supporting me when I couldn’t be there. Disappointed to see that the weekend before the caucuses on Monday, for the first time in its history the Des Moines Register (due to a complaint by a Buttigieg supporter) failed to release the results of its poll. Then after that, an Emerson poll and NBC poll showed me in the lead in Iowa over the weekend, but CNN and MSNBC etc. ignored them. Sad.
Couldn’t believe the DNC shenanigans at the Iowa caucuses! First, the ‘shadow’ app to report results had previously been linked to ex-Hillary campaign manager Robby Mook, who was supposed to be responsible for its operation. Looks like he successfully achieved his goal - to make sure the app failed! It wasn’t even tested prior to the caucus. Mook later denied involvement with the app, which could technically be true (in some sense) whilst his ensuring that the app failed also be true. At least, that could be argued in court and lawyers like Hillary could defend him. Anyway, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Amy K and Kirsten Gillibrand all contributed money to the app’s development. Conflict of interest Pete?!
Add to that the involvement of Seth Klarman and David Sussman (whose daughter Emily Tisch Sussman appeared in MSNBC to tell people that preferring me over Elizabeth Warren would be to reveal one’s sexism). Klarman and Sussman are both hedge fund managers who were Clinton donors (and Buttigieg donors) and donors to a super pac called ‘Pacronym’ spawned by the umbrella organization ‘Acronym’ related to the Shadow App. Co-founder of Acronym is Tara McGowan, who just so happens to be married to Michael Halle - who worked for Hillary Clinton and is a chief strategist for Pete Buttigieg. Klarman is pro-Israeli settlement - I find it interesting that in January Pete back-tracked on his previous position to withhold military aid to Israel if it annexed more of the West Bank. I of course am pro-Israel but pro-Palestine too, as I know.
Anyway, when the app failed, precincts couldn’t phone in results! Then the day after the caucuses, Iowa Dem official Troy Price goes on TV (after 62% of results are in) to explain what happened! Troy assured everyone that the problem was just with the app, they have paper trails etc. and will take their time to ensure the remaining results are accurate. Then days go by with Pete portrayed by the corporate media as being tantamount to having won Iowa. During that time, more (paper-ballot counted) results trickle out of Iowa which were supposed to be accurate, yet still are flawed (Black Hawk County and Polk County for example). Troy Price can’t blame that (as he did) on the Shadow app since at this point paper ballots are being counted. What’s going on? Lucky I had my amazing volunteers and staff keeping an eye on things. Not me, us. Thank you all.
Hope my supporters don’t spend too much of their energy on twitter etc. venting against apparent DNC foul play. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize and organize for New Hampshire and beyond.
Thursday Feb 6
Did the CNN Townhall with AC. Went quite well. Bigger issue was that quietly, it was to be revealed in the subsequent CNN townhalls of Pete and Amy K that Pete still held a narrow lead in state delegate equivalents (whatever the Chuck Todd they are), with 100% of precincts reporting. That apparently includes the 3% that was outstanding earlier in the day, mostly involving the satellite caucuses outside Iowa where people temporarily living outside Iowa could still participate. That contradicts our internal documented info which showed that we dominated in satellite caucuses. We expected foul play just like 2016 - looks like we’re getting it.
Earlier in the day DNC chair Tom Perez (who in 2016 claimed he wanted to put a fork in our campaign) had called for a complete recanvassing of the Iowa caucus, when we looked like we would overtake Pete in state delegates when the remaining 3% of results were released. The DNC want to try to prop up Pete’s campaign, now that Joe’s is imploding (although Joe is a friend of mine). The Associated Press said they couldn’t declare a winner in Iowa (re state delegates) due to irregularities in state delegate allocation generally, but that ignores the fact that the satellite caucuses which internal evidence shows we won hands down were swept under the media rug.
I’d urge my supporters to remember this (and donate $2.70!) if I had some way of getting this info to them without giving fodder to the main stream media to attack our movement and campaign.
Friday February 7th
Did another Dem debate. Went quite well. Elizabeth shook my hand at the end, unlike the last debate when she attempted to make it look like I’d lied about her. I like Liz, though she was lying about me at the time, I couldn’t understand why she said only her and Amy K were the only people on the stage who aren’t either billionaires or take money from super-pacs. I don’t take money from billionaires or super-pacs (whereas Liz has said that she will take super-pac money in a general election context). I know Pete has alleged that the green new deal sunrise movement are ‘dark money’ for my campaign. The sunrise movement are primarily young people trying to save the planet, raising awareness of climate change. They are mainly volunteers, not like Pete’s billionaire contributors. Pete is a nice guy, but maybe he worked for McKinsey for too long (what did he do there? He won’t say). Beating Trump takes money but it’s not just about money - it’s where the money comes from that matters. If it’s from billionaires then you’re part of the problem, not a remedy to the disease which Trump is a symptom of.
Anyway, time for bed.
Tuesday February 11 th
Won the New Hampshire primary. Media claimed that the more important story was how well Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar did. That’s what we’re up against. Chris Matthews suggested that I wanted to execute people like him in New York? Chuck Todd claimed that my followers online are like Hitler’s Brown Shirts? That’s the corporate media for you. On Wednesday 12 th, Jeff Weaver did a good piece on Chris Cuomo’ show. (I had been on the hour before with Anderson Cooper, - I said that “with all due respect” James Carville is a political hack! He’d attacked me recently. Ha ha. Talked about how the big corporations (fossil fuel, big pharma, health insurance, military industrial complex, prison industrial complex etc don’t like me. Hillary Clinton continues to attack me, despite calling for party unity (her supporters against Obama were called ‘P..U.M.A.s - party unity my ass). She wants unity only on her terms. The real unity needed to defeat Trump (and transform America) is amongst a grassroots movement of Progressive voters, not within the corporate Democratic Party).
Time for bed.
Saturday Feb 15 th
Getting ready for Nevada and South Carolina. New poll came out showing me with a substantial lead in Nevada, though I’m concerned that a Buttigieg affiliate has been put in charge of voting accuracy there. That doesn’t show transparency of process, especially given the DNC influenced debacle in Iowa. People are calling for the resignation of DNC leader Tom Perez. Iowa Dem Party leader Troy Price resigned, but that’s just like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz being forced to resign in 2016 (after she had been found to have helped rig the primary in favor of Hillary) only to get a promotion by Hillary in 2016.
S.E. Cupp did a smear piece against me on CNN today in which she alleged that my supporters are typically hostile to other candidates online, without providing any evidence, merely citing some social media activity and in particular regarding the Nevada Culinary Workers Union. The Nevada Caucus is next week. So now they want to do more propaganda against me - no other Democratic candidate is getting this level of negative attention just now.
Originally the union (or should I say it’s leadership) endorsed Joe, but then they (it) unendorsed Joe and are now not endorsing anyone in 2020. S.E. Cupp alleged that some of my supporters were to blame for this unendorsement, due to online harassment. In other words, the corporate media are trying to boost Joe over me, given Joe’s failures in Iowa and New Hampshire. He keeps telling people to vote for someone else! People seem to be listening to him.
First of all, if you like a candidate that is consistently smeared, ignored and vilified by the corporate media in 2020, you might want to stand up for that candidate on independent media (especially if that candidate was excoriated, cheated by the DNC and at every turn ridiculed by the corporate media in 2016). As long as you are civil. And especially since Mike Bloomberg is trying to buy the 2020 nomination.
Second, if workers had Medicare for all then unions would be able to negotiate higher wages for their members (Mike has been notoriously against unions). Looking forward to debating him next week. (The Beatles said - I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.)
Wednesday February 19 th
Feeling good. Had a good townhall yesterday with Anderson C in Las Vegas - challenged him to try to keep up with my gruelling campaign trail schedule after he brought up the most recent media talking point regarding my (very good) health record.
The Las Vegas debate went well I thought, despite the moderators not allowing me to speak when the issue of climate change came up. AOC is right - there should be themed debates (on all the issues: Climate Change, Medicare For All, Minimum Wage,
Student Debt Forgiveness, Free College Tuition, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration Reform, Foreign Policy, etc.). That way politicians can’t hide behind scripted sound-bites and right-wing talking points.
Disappointed that Elizabeth would go out of her way to defend Amy K from criticism from Pete about not remembering the name of the Mexican President, whilst agreeing with the corporate media that I am partially responsible for the unacceptable behavior of a tenth of one percent of my ‘supporters online’. Funny - the mainstream media has not provided any evidence about so-called Bernie supporters being vicious towards the leadership of Nevada culinary workers union - they just report what the union alleges. Elizabeth knows this. I guess she is being advised to align herself with centrist moderates like Amy, rather than me (despite her previous claims to support my view of Medicare For All, which she has back-tracked on).
Disappointed at Joe having a cheap shot at me during his closing statement - cameras picked up on my calling him out on that during the post-debate bit when we all wander about the stage taking selfies and talking to supporters etc. Joe is always telling people not to vote for him, if they are critical of him at his tiny rallies.