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 pandemic and it was their efforts which made Biden vanquish Trump.

You will remember that It was Bernie Sanders, to whom we all listened and sought assurance from, when it seemed as though the results might not go the way of the Democrats in November 2020.

But that was a very long time ago.

We were shaken out of our complacency, when Hamas launched an attack on a number of Israeli revelers in October 2023.

The full extent of the reprisal attacks by the Netanyahu government and the IDF took us all by surprise and it showed the entire world, the degree to which western democracies were non-existent.

And those, to whom we looked for leadership, were stridently silent and missing in action.

In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, who had been expelled from the Labour party, denounced Britain’s political establishment for its active role in the genocide of…

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Adebayo Adeniran

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