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Demo Debate: Things Left Unsaid Were Loud and Clear

Sanders wasn't asked about his violent campaign worker, and Soleimani was absent.

Nate Jackson · Jan. 15, 2020

Hours before Tuesday night’s seventh (but first all-white) Democrat debate in Des Moines, an undercover video was released showing a paid Bernie Sanders campaign worker saying “the only thing that fascists” (by which he hilariously means supporters of Donald Trump) “understand is violence,” calling for “gulags” to reeducate Trump supporters “to not be a f—king Nazi,” and threatening that “cities [will] burn” if Trump is reelected — or even if Sanders doesn’t win the nomination.

You know who wasn’t asked about this appalling anti-Americanism during Tuesday night’s debate? Bernie Sanders. Or any Democrat candidate, actually. Just imagine if a Republican staffer had been the one saying such things. The Leftmedia spent weeks hyperventilating over Trump’s policies for temporarily detaining illegals — policies a federal court just upheld yesterday. “Reeducating” American citizens in gulags because of political disagreements? Not a peep.

And it’s not as if Sanders supporters don’t already have a history of violence. Remember that “Bernie Bro” who attempted to murder elected Republicans?

Another thing to remember: Bernie Sanders is a self-proclaimed socialist who spoke highly of breadlines and honeymooned in the Soviet Union (albeit not in a gulag). Whether he wins the nomination or not, his radical ideas have transformed the Democrat Party — even if he refuses to put a price tag on his redistribution schemes.

What else went almost completely unmentioned at the debate? Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian terrorist terminated at Trump’s order. He’s a man about whom leftists couldn’t say enough nice things; nor could they complain loudly enough that Trump had taken him out. Yet he received just one passing reference in a question about something broader, illustrating that Democrats are utterly unserious about national security.

The things that were covered provided some enlightening moments, as well.

As we noted yesterday, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign slyly seeded another victim narrative to tweak Sanders ahead of the debate. It worked — even better than she might have hoped.

CNN moderator Abby Phillip asked Sanders, “I do want to be clear here — you’re saying that you never told senator Warren that a woman could not win the election?” Sanders replied, “That is correct.” Phillip immediately turned to Warren and asked, “Sen. Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”

CNN moderators taking sides in a debate — where have we heard that before? Oh, right. Candy Crowley sided (wrongly) with Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in 2012.

While Warren tried to defuse the situation by calling Sanders “my friend,” after the debate, she pointedly refused to shake hands with him.

The rest of the debate could be summed up by Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld, who said, “Take home notes: I’m no Sanders fan, but CNN totally knifed him, again. The real thinkers were missing on that stage. The moderators were amateurs. The candidates were bored by their own words. Trump will eat any of these alive.” Better yet, The Babylon Bee headlined, “Warning: Gang Of Known Criminals Holds Meeting To Discuss How Much Of Your Money To Steal.”

Final question: Who benefited most from Tuesday’s debate? Maybe Joe Biden, whose name we hadn’t yet mentioned because he mostly stayed out of the ridiculous fray. Next up: The eighth debate on February 7 in New Hampshire, after the Iowa caucuses on February 3.

Update: CNN mikes picked up this post-debate exchange between the Warren and Sanders: Warren: “I think you called me a liar on national TV.” Sanders: “What?” Warren: “I think you called me a liar on national TV.” Sanders: “You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion.” Warren: “Anytime.” Sanders: “You called me a liar. You told me – all right, let’s not do it now.” In short: Somebody is lying!

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