On Monday, former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s co-chair Nina Turnercmpared voting for 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden to “eating a bowl of shit.” Turner, who was a prominent surrogate for Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., during the 2020 Democratic primary, expressed her lack of excitement for the former VP to The Atlantic.
In an Atlantic piece titled “Don’t Count Trump Out,” Turner was asked about voting for Biden, to which she said: “It’s like saying to somebody, ‘You have a bowl of shit in front of you, and all you’ve got to do is eat half of it instead of the whole thing.’ It’s still shit.”
This is not the first time Turner has criticized Sleepy Joe Biden. In January, she said that Biden “repeatedly betrayed black voters” in an op-ed published in the South Carolina newspaper The State.
Harvard University professor Cornel West, who also supported Sanders during the primary, had a similar stance in the article. “We have to be true to ourselves and acknowledge that Biden is a mediocre, milquetoast, neoliberal centrist that we’ve been fighting against in the Democratic establishment,” West said.
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In the op-ed, Turner blasted Biden’s opposition to forced desegregation busing and for working with segregationist senators, saying: “Biden didn’t just vote for bills designed to prevent black students from accessing white schools: in a series of personal letters he actively courted pro-segregation senators to support the legislation.”
“Sanders, by contrast, began his work in politics by organizing civil rights protests. As a college student, he helped lead a local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality in its push to desegregate housing. Sanders participated in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington and was arrested for protesting rampant school segregation in Chicago,” Turner wrote.
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Continuing in her hit on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, “Biden also fought alongside right-wing Republicans to pass so-called ‘welfare reform’ that reduced financial support for low-income families,” Turner wrote, adding:
“Biden echoed former President Ronald Reagan’s dishonest ‘welfare queen’ language and wrote a column conjuring an ugly stereotype of ‘welfare mothers driving luxury cars and leading lifestyles that mirror the rich and famous.’”