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NYT reports on Bernie and the Blacks but misses whole story

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A New York Times April 5, 2018 article, entitled “Bernie Sanders Courts Black Voters Anew,” profiles Socialist-Democrat U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ effort to gain more support from Black voters than he received in his 2016 bid for the Democrat Party POTUS nomination. In part, the article reads:

“JACKSON, Miss. — Senator Bernie Sanders insists he hasn’t decided whether to run again for president, but a 14-hour sprint across the Deep South on Wednesday made clear that he is not only thinking about it but is already trying to remedy his most significant vulnerability in 2016: his lack of support from black voters.

Mr. Sanders began the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination with a morning speech and a march in Memphis, helpfully captured in a picture on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Twitter feed. He appeared at an economic justice forum here in Mississippi’s capital, speaking before a crowd that included far more African-Americans than his campaign events typically drew. And he wound down over a plate of wings at a late-night dinner with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jackson’s new mayor, a 35-year-old African-American and progressive.

Even more than recapturing the magic of 2016 in the early nominating states, Mr. Sanders’s prospects in 2020 would hinge in large part on whether he could garner far stronger support from African-Americans than the less than 20 percent of the vote that he won from them in Southern states.”

Sources close to the Bernie in 2020 Campaign report that his presence at the Jackson, Mississippi event is only the first in an upcoming series of African-American (A-A) events that Sanders will attend before the November 2018 midterm elections.

Sanders is scheduled to perform somewhere on National Dashiki Day (NDD), October 30, “a day of cultural celebration to the colorful garment that was adopted by African-Americans in the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of pride, awareness, independence, and power.”

Although it’s not yet finalized, this year’s upcoming NDD gala celebration may be held in the city of Montpelier, capital of Vermont – although the A-A population of Vermont is 1.3% of the total residents.

Montpelier hopes to promote the Annual NDD gala based on the premier performance of a new band, Bernie and the Blacks, that highlights the state’s favorite son.

Following a recent headline on the Drudge Report (see above), and pivoting off an Elton John hit song released in 1974 and titled “Bennie and the Jets” (Video of a John’s performance here), Sanders and his new band, Bernie and the Blacks, will perform their version of John’s song at the 2018 NDD celebration, sung to new lyrics (original lyrics here).  Here are the band’s new lyrics:

Hey there, shake it lose together,
The spotlight’s hitting something
Been known to change the weather
We’ll shame the fatted Trump tonight
He’s such a clown
You’re gonna hear electric music
A solid wall of sound

Chucky and Nancy have you seen em’ yet
Uh, but they’re so spaced out, Bernie and the Blacks
Oh, he’s so weird and wonderful.
Ah, Bernie he’s a really keen
Got electric boots, a mohair suit,
You know he wants to make a scene
Oh, ooooh, Bernie and the Blacks

Hey there, don’t plug into the faithless
Maybe they’re blinded
But Bernie makes them ageless
We shall survive let him take us all along
Where we fight the Trumpsters out in the streets
To find out who’s the left and who’s wrong

Chucky and Nancy, have you seen them yet
Uh, but…

While Bernie’s musical talents are largely unknown outside of Vermont, they are legendary in his home state.

Bernie jammin'

Although Sanders 2020 Campaign staffers cannot yet name all the artists performing with Bernie and the Blacks, they claim that the Reverend Al Sharpton will play sax in the back-up band.

Also on-stage with Bernie will be California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an accomplished back-up singer, and Nkechi Amare Diallo, previously known as Rachel Anne Dolezal, civil rights activist, former African studies instructor, and bongo drummer.



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Lee CarySince 2007, Cary has written hundreds of articles and blogs for several conservative websites including the American Thinker and (in 2010 as Archy Cary) for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism and Big Government. Cary’s writing has been quoted on national television (Sean Hannity) and on nationally syndicated radio (Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin). His work is cited in Jerome Corsi’s book The Obama Nation and in Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny. Along with Levin, Cary wrote an introduction to Sharron Angle’s book Right Angle. Two of his articles have also appeared on the DRUDGE REPORT, and in the on-line news source Real Clear Politics.View all posts by Lee Cary →

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