Though Bernie Sanders as president would be a disaster, have to admit we kinda like having him around as a presidential candidate in the Democrat primary. While Donald Trump can focus, for all intents and purposes, on the general election — attacking Hillary Clinton — Hillary Clinton faces a battle on two fronts. That dang Bernie is still giving her a run for the Democrat nomination — what was supposed to be hers for the taking.In the huge prize of the California primary — supposed to be Hillary’s for the taking — poll after poll now shows a virtual dead heat between the two Democrat candidates.
And now, two days ahead of the primary, Bernie Sanders is going places with his attacks on The Queen. Some are calling his latest line a Hail Mary.Via the New York Post:
Bernie Sanders took aim Sunday at foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation, a rare dig at the personal matters of rival Hillary Clinton.
“Do I have a problem with that? Yeah I do,” Sanders told “State of the Union” on donations to the private charity from the Saudi Arabia and others.The Vermont senator said he’s concerned “a sitting secretary of State and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships.”
“You don’t have a lot of civil liberties or democratic rights in Saudi Arabia. You don’t have a lot of respect there for opposition points of view, for gay rights, for women’s rights.”
Sanders has preferred to stick to debating policy issues – breaking up big banks, ending fracking and reforming campaign finance — and has repeatedly declined to make a campaign issue out of Clinton’s private email server.But in a Hail Mary fight for the nomination, Sanders is pinning his presidential hopes on the California primary Tuesday and didn’t avoid calling out Clinton on the foreign cash.
“Do you think it creates an appearance of a conflict of interest?” pressed host Jake Tapper.
“Yeah, I do,” Sanders said.I (Michelle Jesse) do, too. Maybe the first time I’ve wholeheartedly agreed with something Bernie Sanders has said.
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars in charitable donations from seven foreign governments while Clinton was Secretary of State, including Algeria, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Norway, and the Dominican Republic, the Washington Post reported. Saudi Arabia gave between $10 and $25 million since the foundation’s creation, though not when Clinton was the nation’s top diplomat.
Gosh, I sure do hope Bernie gets to stick around in this primary a bit longer, as it seem like he’s really starting to hit his stride. And no doubt he is aware there is PLENTY more material against Hillary where that came from.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]