Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders. Why Haven’t His Rivals

Here’s a Devastating, Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders. Why Haven’t His Rivals Exploited It?

By Guy Benson February 28, 2020

As someone who follows politics quite closely, I’m often fascinated when a potent piece of opposition research against a major candidate for office percolates below the radar for years, yet never quite breaks through. Have you ever heard of ‘Sierra Blanca,’ as it relates to Bernie Sanders? Neither had I. Neither had hardly any voters, I’d wager. Well, expect that to change, sooner or later. Tim Miller, a hardcore anti-Trump conservative, is adamantly opposed to Democrats nominating Sanders. He’s written a piece outlining a somewhat obscure episode that he anticipates would be used as a powerful cudgel to clobber Bernie in a general election. Out of pure curiosity, I clicked the link in one of his tweets, and…wow:

(1) In 1998, then-Rep. Sanders cosponsored a bill that would allow Vermont and Maine to dump their nuclear waste in a poor and largely Latino town in Texas called Sierra Blanca.

(2) A Texas Observer article in 1998 covered protestors from Sierra Blanca confronting Rep. Sanders and being given the stiff arm. The story’s headline was “Sanders to Sierra Blanca: Drop Dead.” Sanders even rebuffed an offer to visit Sierra Blanca, telling its residents, “Absolutely not. I’m gonna be running for re-election in the state of Vermont.”

(3) Liberal hero Paul Wellstone—an actual progressive Democrat—gave a speech on the Senate floor calling this dump “environmental racism.” Former Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes called Sanders actions “insanely callous.”

(4) After Congress approved the proposal, environmental regulators rejected the Sierra Blanca site. But a different site in Andrews County, Texas gained approval a few years later and Vermont/Texas maintain an interstate waste agreement.

(5) In 2016, Sanders’ tax returns revealed that as of 2014 Jane Sanders was still drawing a small salary as an alternate commissioner for the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission as part of the agreement with Vermont that her husband pushed.

This story is, well, toxic. Bernie drew up an environmentally-controversial proposal to dump nuclear waste in a Latino community, then refused to meet with the people it impacted. Oh, and he managed to secure a little sweetheart deal to enrich his wife in the process. Funneling public and campaign money to his spouse (no stranger to financial scandal) has been something of a pastime for this socialist, who was a jobless deadbeat before becoming a career politician who is now a millionaire with three homes. This episode is problematic for Bernie on the subjects ranging from environment, to race, to his “man of the people” persona, to graft. And as Miller notes, it makes for a hell of an ad — and this 15-second spot barely hits the basics:


Miller also points out the a left-leaning ‘fact checking’ organization reviewed an attack from a conservative group on this front four years ago: “Turning Point USA meme’d Sierra Blanca back in 2016 and got enough traction on Facebook that Snopes fact-checked it. Their verdict? Mostly True. It goes without saying that Snopes isn’t really in the business of giving TPUSA their seal of approval.” This hit on Sanders is backed up by evidence. Team Hillary dabbled with it in 2016, but Sanders’ competitors have let him slide on it thus far, even though it goes to the core of his persona — and could undercut his strong support among Hispanic Democrats. It’s malpractice. Team Trump won’t make the same mistake. Speaking of major vulnerabilities, I agree with this assessment:

Absolute poison in several key states. I’ll leave you with the sort of ranting radicalism that risks sending moderates running for the hills:

By the way, this feels like a nightmare scenario for the Democratic Party.

Author: Guy Benson

Source: Town Hall: Here’s a Devastating, Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders. Why Haven’t His Rivals Exploited It?

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Comment by Patricia Gillenwater on March 23, 2020 at 8:04pm

Good story. Jane & Bernie offers up a treasure trove of opposition ads. As for this story the elected dem elites probably put it on the back burner thinking the racism optics might rub off on them.

My goodness the LLC Revolution founded by Bernie and Jane a concern, Jane stayed on the board longer while Bernie distanced himself while running for the dem nomination. A PAC registered in early Jan The Socialist Workers Party I kinda doubt they are lobbying republicans. A PAC of dark money billionaires funding The Bern even though Sanders touts his campaign funded by small donors. I have not heard about any resolution to Jane's problem of lying on a loan application to purchase from land to expand the ed institution which she was President -- the lenders after payment.

I have always been suspicious of how Bernie and Jane was able to purchase the lakefront house shortly after HC visited him in 2016 and before the DNC convention, no Bernie had not published his last book. So the ? to me did they use illegally campaign funds or did HC pass funds to them.There is a skunk smell in the air.

Frauds all of them.


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