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jcitybone

I agree with Bernie that Biden is preferable as President to Trump, especially since Trump wouldn’t be better on I/P issues and could actually be worse. However, really the only way to pressure Biden on Gaza is to threaten to withhold votes. Right now I don’t plan on voting for Biden in November (even though I hope he does win) because I have the luxury of living in a state where the Biden/Trump election outcome isn’t in doubt. Even though I’m not crazy about my Rep (Pat Ryan), I will vote for him because the district is purple and his opponent is a MAGA extremist.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/sanders-gaza-trump

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that the contrast between President Joe Biden and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump could not be more stark even as the Vermont senator offered a sharp criticism of the incumbent’s support for Israel’s devastating war on Gaza, which is now in its sixth month with no end in sight.

Asked about the backing that “uncommitted” campaigns have gained across multiple states—a sign of the broad unpopularity of Biden’s approach to the war—Sanders told “Face the Nation” that “the fight continues to change Biden’s policy in Gaza,” where children are dying of starvation as the U.S.-armed Israeli military attacks and impedes aid deliveries.

“But the contrast between Biden and Trump is day and night,” the Independent senator added, pointing to differences between the two candidates on climate, abortion rights, voting rights, and other issues. “The election of Trump would be a disaster for this country and, in my view, the world. We’ve got to come together, reelect Biden. But, at the same time, we have to demand that we have a progressive agenda, where we have an economy that works for all, not just a few.”

Trump has said little about Gaza since the deadly Hamas-led attack on Israel in October, but what he has said—and his record during his first White House term—indicates that he supports the Israeli military’s large-scale killing of Palestinians.

CNNreported late last week that a group of Trump allies recently visited Israel to meet with top officials in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

“Some Trump allies say they see an opening with the growing discontent within Biden’s coalition and the administration’s response—particularly among voters who support Israel,” according to CNN.

Sanders, for his part, is demanding that the Biden administration cut off arms sales to Israel, pointing to the Netanyahu government’s obstruction of humanitarian aid and indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

“What we are seeing in Gaza today is literally an unprecedented crisis,” Sanders said Sunday. “It’s not just that 30,000 people, two-thirds of whom are women and children, have already been killed. We are looking at the possibility of hundreds of thousands of children starving to death. The United States of America cannot be complicit in this mass slaughter of children.”

The senator criticized the Biden administration’s current policy toward Israel—which has included more than 100 separate weapons sales since October—as incoherent.

“What you can’t say to Netanyahu: ‘Stop the slaughter, allow the massive amounts of humanitarian aid that we need to come in to feed the children, please, please, please. Oh, but by the way, if you don’t do it, here’s another $10 billion to continue the war,'” said Sanders.

“You can’t beg Netanyahu. You got to tell him, ‘If you want any money, you got to change your policy. Allow the trucks to come in to feed their children,'” Sanders continued. “And, by the way, in terms of politics—which is secondary, to my mind, in this issue—the truth is, whether you’re a conservative Republican or a progressive, you do not want to see children in Palestine starve to death. So I think it’s good politics, and it’s the moral and right thing to do.”

Sanders’ remarks came as Netanyahu pledged to go ahead with a ground invasion of Rafah, the southern Gaza city that’s currently home to more than half of the enclave’s population. On Saturday, Biden called an invasion of Rafah “a red line”—but did not say whether there would be any consequences for Netanyahu’s government if it launches the ground assault in the face of global opposition.

Noting that most of the people currently in Rafah fled to the city to escape Israeli bombing, Sanders told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “to go in there and to displace them again and start a major military campaign would be an unmitigated disaster.”

“So my view is, of course, we cannot support an attack of that kind on Rafah,” Sanders added. “Bottom line is, though, Netanyahu has got to be told no more money for his war machine unless there is humanitarian aid coming in to feed the people.”

orlbucfan

Well, I’m not voting for Byedone, period! I’m not sure what his problem is? Senility? Stubborn old man RW corruption? He’s better than maggothead, but that’s not saying much. I’m voting down ballot. At least, my Rep. is on board with my beliefs. 🙂

wi65

My hope is some moderate R’s will hold their nose’s and vote for Byedone because cult -45 is a clear and present danger to democracy. (what we have left of it). I mean they can tell thier MAGA buddies they voted for the cult but do the oppsite once in the booth. Wives have been doing that for decades against thier Hubby’s wishes….

orlbucfan

Thank you, and T and R x 7, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 All these Progressive groups have to make sure they get their supporters out to vote! Otherwise, their efforts will be futile.

la58
jcitybone

orlbucfan

What a load of hot air from a bunch of bloviating aholes!

wi65

Meanwhile in WI. Here is what happens when yo dont swear complete loyalty to the MAGA cult. Vos who was as MAGA as they come faces a Recall. Hey he needs to go but we dont need an even more batshit crazy MAGA to replace him

Trump backers submit signatures to force recall election of Wisconsin GOP Assembly leader
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-backers-submit-signatures-force-163158921.html

orlbucfan

Y’know, this could come back and bite MAGA in the azz big-time, wi. I’m sure plenty of fellow Badgers share your opinion of Vos.

jcitybone

jcitybone

Hopefully true

orlbucfan

Better happen. Byedone could use the positive PR.

orlbucfan

Man, god only knows??????????? (Fetterman and Yaboob)

jcitybone

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Hey Big John, we are allowed (supposedly) to protest in this country.

Benny
Benny

Bear Mtn, CA. Mr Benny & I have been in SCal for few days and will finish our holiday at the end of the week.
Change of topography for sure. Hope all of you are well.

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orlbucfan

Wow! That’s the one thing that stood out for me when I visited So. CA. Different geographical locales between the mts. and coast, and not far to travel to get there.

Paul ADK

I used to live in SoCal, kind of halfway between the mountains and the ocean. It was possible to go skiing in the morning, and to the beach in the afternoon. I never did it, but it was possible. And I especially liked being in shorts and looking up at the snow in the mountains. It really is a special place.

orlbucfan

I’ve done Boston, NYC, and LA as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle. 🏍️ Never been to Canada. Also did the Alps from Munich to Salzburg on the back of a bike. 🏍️👍 Talk about adventures.👍🙂 CA reminds me of FL in that it’s long and skinny. Takes two full days of solid driving straight through to go from the FL/AL border to Key West. The difference is the mts. They don’t exist down here. Flat, flat, flat sandbar peninsula. 🏴‍☠️

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Me thinks a lot of my fellow voting citizens are making themselves heard. 🙂

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Just more for-profit MSM bloviating. No one is forced to listen to it.

Paul ADK

CNN is FOX New.

orlbucfan

Yep. Blech! 🤮