On Monday, former Hillary Clinton aide, Jess McIntosh, made an almost unheard of comment.
During an appearance on CNN, McIntosh accused 2020 Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders of having a “capitalist” message during his town hall.
Why Does McIntosh Believe Sanders has a “Capitalist” Message?
Bernie Sanders is well-known as a self-professed Democratic-socialist. The policies which he champions and calls for also reflect this political stance. Nevertheless, everyone doesn’t view Sanders as having a socialist message. McIntosh explained to CNN the reasoning behind her assertion that Sanders’ message rings true of capitalism.
In McIntosh’s own words:
“He’s literally saying ‘I made a product the market wanted, and I got rich off of it, and you can do that too.'”
The Backstory and Additional Details
While Sanders has virtually never faced the accusation of having a “capitalist” message, he has faced criticism from Democrats in recent weeks. Members of Sanders’ party are apparently displeased with his millionaire status.
Furthermore, Democrats seem to believe that Sanders’ rallying against income inequality is hypocritical since he is a millionaire and earned a notable amount of proceeds from writing a book.
Sanders has responded to the backlash which he is facing from his own party and furthermore spoken out about the money which he earned from book writing:
“If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not going to do it.”
The Relationship Between Bernie Sanders and the Democrat Party
Bernie Sanders has an interesting relationship with the Democrat Party. The 2020 presidential election marks Sanders’ second attempt at running for office. When Sanders’ previously ran for the presidency in 2016, Democrats essentially handed the nomination to Hillary Clinton. This occurred via superdelegates and purposeful insider work against Sanders.
Some Americans have questioned whether or not Democrats truly want Sanders to run for office. After all, it does appear as though the Democrat Party always takes major issues with Sanders when he runs for the presidency. The Democratic-socialist also recently butted heads with ThinkProgress, a liberal think tank. Apparently, Sanders didn’t take well to ThinkProgress’ criticism of his high earnings status.
Thus far, Bernie Sanders has not publicly responded to Jess McIntosh.