[Asheville City Council member] Cecil Bothwell’s leaving the Democratic Party because he is a Bernie Sanders supporter seems to echo his candidate’s behavior.
Bernie Sanders was not a Democrat prior to his running for president. He has said he will identify as an independent when he returns to the Senate. Then, why did he run to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president?
He used the power of the Democratic Party to help him to raise money, to get publicity and to be part of the mainstream, politically. That use of the one of the two major, established political parties seems to contradict his constant assertion that he is a revolutionary.
Since he has not given decades of loyalty to and support of the Democratic Party, why should the party give him total support and loyalty? He was clearly using the party for what it could do for him without his having done anything for the party.
While he touts having brought thousands of new voters to the party, the behavior of his independent supporters throughout the Democratic National Convention shows that he did not bring more people to the party. He used the power of the party to bring more voters to himself.
Therefore, for Sanders’ supporters to abandon the Democratic Party because he is not its nominee really makes no sense. He has never been a Democrat and apparently will not be a Democrat in the future.
I hope that if their failure to support the Democratic nominee results in a Trump presidency, the Sanders supporters will be happy with the results of their revenge.
— Pat Scherer
Editor’s note: When contacted by Xpress, Bothwell offered the following statement in response to this letter and another one in this issue: “My exit from the Democratic Party was not triggered by the nomination of Clinton. I became fed up with the corruption at the top, the violation of Democratic Party rules by the Democratic National Committee, and the utter subservience of the national party to corporate money. I have always been an advocate for the working class (of which I am one) and the ideal of government transparency. The DNC has violated those ideals. Anyone who supports the DNC today is an advocate for oligarchy.”