The Extraordinary Cowardice of Bernie Sanders

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readFeb 26, 2024

And the betrayal of the progressive movement..

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It was Hilary Rodham Clinton who said that the senator from Vermont never had a proper job until he turned forty.

Those words at the time sounded as full of bile and bitterness, given the degree to which the ideological warrior pushed the former secretary of state, during the 2016 Democratic primaries run.

To many of us back then, Bernie Sanders was the only great hope of the left: that only he could take the fight of the people to the political, economic and financial establishment and bring about genuine change.

And for a minute, the fiery octogenarian walked the talk.

No other figure exposed the degree to which the system was skewed against the working man and woman and no other player captured the public imagination in the way that he did.

Given that Sanders was prominent long before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tliab emerged on the political scene, it was only natural that they would latch on to his energy and world view, when they became elected representatives.

And this left-wing movement came to the fore in 2019 and took on much greater importance in the following year, when the world shut down from a once-in-a-lifetime…



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible