New York Post: Bernie Sanders a ‘diehard Communist’

Bernie_Sanders_by_Gage_SkidmoreOn Saturday, the New York Post pulled no punches with a scathing editorial calling Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders a “diehard Communist.”

“As polls tighten and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders looks more like a serious contender than a novelty candidate for president, the liberal media elite have suddenly stopped calling him socialist. He’s now cleaned-up as a ‘progressive’ or ‘pragmatist,’” Paul Sperry wrote.

“But he’s not even a socialist,” Sperry added.  “He’s a communist.”

This is not exactly news to conservatives, but it’s rare for a mainstream media outlet to be so blunt about the Vermont senator running against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party primary.

Sperry continues:

Mainstreaming Sanders requires whitewashing his radical pro-Communist past. It won’t be easy to do.

If Sanders were vying for a Cabinet post, he’d never pass an FBI background check. There’d be too many subversive red flags popping up in his file. He was a Communist collaborator during the height of the Cold War.

Sperry goes back to 1964 when, he said, Sanders “joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth wing of the Socialist Party USA.”  He also organized for the United Packinghouse Workers Union, a communist front under investigation by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Sanders even displays a portrait of socialist revolutionary Eugene Debs on the wall in his Senate office, Sperry said.  Debs, he noted, was so radical that even liberal Democrats denounced him as a traitor.  But not Sanders, who once produced a glowing documentary on the revolutionary who, Sperry said, “hailed the ‘triumphant’ Bolshevik revolution in Russia.”

Yet, this is the man now gaining ground on Hillary Clinton.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Sanders now “posts single-digit leads over Mrs. Clinton among both slices of the Democrats’ primary electorate,” although Clinton is still seen as the front-runner.

Sperry continues:

What’s revolting is how this hardcore commie’s campaign has gotten this far. With his ascendancy in both Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is no longer just a fool; he’s now a dangerous fool.

While it may be hard to hate the old codger, it’s easy — and virtuous — to hate his un-American ideas. They should be swept into the dustbin with the rest of communist history.

Considering that there’s no real difference in terms of policy between Clinton and Sanders, and considering that about half of the Democratic Party now embraces socialism, the only viable solution is to defeat every single liberal Democrat running for office.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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