March 10, also known as Super Tuesday II, saw primaries or caucuses in six states.
Joe Biden leads the delegate count over Bernie Sanders 890-736 as of March 14.
Sanders was expected to win Michigan but lost to Biden, who got 52.9% of the vote.
#DemExit, #WriteInBernie and #VoteBlueNoMatterWho were all trending on Twitter last week.
(NewsReady.com) – Reaction to the Democratic primary results on Tuesday, March 10, was expected to be mixed and maybe a little intense. After all, Michigan was on the line between Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Joe Biden, with 124 delegates up for grabs. It would be a big win for either man. Of course, Biden ended up winning Michigan along with five other states that night, giving him a significant lead in delegates.
However, throughout the night Tuesday, Twitter exploded with commentary, hashtags, and outrage. One of those hashtags, which trended all night, showed a glaring weakness and potential fracture emerging in the Democratic party.
#DemExit might be the beginning of the end of the party as we know it.
Biden was predicted to win most states early on in the night. He also received very positive airtime on liberal mainstream media channels like CNN and MSNBC. Meanwhile, Sanders got a lukewarm reception at best and, usually, negative airtime.
This MSM bias was nothing new for Bernie supporters, but last Tuesday’s coverage was a little different.
In no particular order, here are some key events that led to #DemExit:
- Andrew Yang, who had been holding off on an endorsement until the DNC nominated someone, suddenly endorsed Joe Biden.
- James Carville, a Democrat political strategist, called for the primaries to end, saying “Let’s shut this puppy down.”
- Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who previously endorsed Biden, echoed James and, in addition, called for all future debates to be canceled.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), arguably Sanders’ closest ally in the race, has, to this day, not endorsed anyone. She was called upon by Bernie supporters for an endorsement.
The overarching support for Joe Biden through the night was too much for Sanders supporters. They believe that Biden will ultimately lose to Trump if he becomes the DNC nominee. However, Tuesday was the last straw for some of them after witnessing the blatant bias towards Biden from the DNC and MSM.
At some point during the night, #DemExit blew up with people threatening to leave the party if Biden is nominated.
Most Bernie supporters were very clear from the start. Bernie is our compromise Democrat. You insist on Hillary on steroids Biden, and now want to whine? Nah. Have the courage of your convictions. #DemExit
— Kayla 🌹🌹 (@RealKaylaJames) March 10, 2020
Some were already leaving, while others were also adding the #WriteInBernie hashtag (regarding the general election) that night and into the next day.
I voted for Hillary in 2016, still got Trump, and regretted voting against my morals for 3.5 years.
I’ll #WriteinBernie as will millions of young people. Sanders won under 50s in EVERY state (even the South) and a LANDSLIDE under 30 EVERYWHERE.
You can’t win without the future.
— Socialist Boomer (@SocialistBoomer) March 11, 2020
Some Democrats attempted to mend the fracture by adding #VoteBlueNoMatterWho and saying that #DemExit might be a Russian ploy to divide the party.
Dividing the Democratic Party is right out of the Russian playbook. Splitting the Dem party is Trump's only chance to win. Some of these #DemExit posts are Russian bots.
— Samantha Adams (@MsSamAdams) March 10, 2020
Where this #DemExit movement goes from here is unclear. It could be a one-off Twitter trend that dies off, or it could be the beginning of the end of the Democratic party. Either way, this isn’t helping the Democrats’ chances of defeating Trump in November.
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