The Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, wrote this week a heated letter to the Center for American Progress (CAP), accusing the group of activists of triggering a civil war between renowned democrats that could eventually ensure the re-election of the President Trump.
Sanders also launched a thinly veiled threat against the CAP, warning that he "will inform my supporters of the basis of the concerns I share about the role that the CAP plays" and that "if your actions were to evolve in the months to come, I would be happy to help you. " reconsider the type of partnership we can have ".
The missive arrives a few days after CAP's ThinkProgress branch posted a video on YouTube mocking Sanders for years of attacking "millionaires and billonaires" – only to change tone and criticize "billonaires" for time after writing a successful book that made him earn millions. The video provoked a frenzy of social media among the progressives as to why a progressive group would try to defeat Sanders.
In the letter, first obtained by the New York Times, Sanders said in his video that ThinkProgress "honestly attacked me for hypocrisy as part of my efforts to address income inequality by America". Sanders also said that the organization had written an article in which he made fun of his "appearance and the income I earned by writing a book".
Sanders also accused the CAP of taking on Democratic candidates Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren.
"The other Democratic candidates and I lead campaigns based on principles and ideas and do not engage in rumors or personal attacks against each other," wrote Sanders.
"In the meantime, the Center for American Progress uses, among other things, its resources to dirty Senator Booker, Senator Warren and myself," he added. "This is not the way to build unity or win the general election."
Sanders has been widely criticized by both progressives and conservatives for telling The Times on Tuesday: "If you're writing a best-selling book, you can also become a millionaire."
At a rally later in Indiana, Sanders doubled the match by telling participants Saturday: "I did not know it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a bestseller. "
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This progressive quarrel comes after the public wrangling of former members of the Hillary Clinton and Sanders teams, ranging from Sanders' penchant for expensive private air travel to Clinton's alleged lack of recognition.
Sanders was on friendly ground in Wisconsin on Friday, promising to form a coalition that will defeat Trump as he begins a turnaround among the pivotal states that are part of the "Blue Wall" Democratic Strategy for 2020.
Sanders, addressing a crowd of about 2,400 people who braved temperatures of 40 degrees with a violent wind of 20 mph, is committed to overturning US Midwestern states such as that Wisconsin that Trump had narrowly won in 2016.
"Together, we will make sure that this does not happen again," said Sanders to congratulate him. "We are going to win here in Wisconsin We are going to win in Indiana We are going to win in Ohio We are going to win in Michigan We are going to win in Pennsylvania and together we are going to win this election ".
Sanders spoke in a city park at the edge of a lake, a few blocks from the Capitol. Those in the crowd wore ski masks, winter coats, gloves and scarves to encourage Sanders.
The Vermont Independent Senator racked up 13 points in Wisconsin during the Democratic primary three years ago and has been dating him since he lost his nomination to Hillary Clinton. He extolled his appeal to working-class voters and colleges, while strengthening his network of supporters before this second presidential race.
The Democrats have made it clear that their best chance of defeating Trump in 2020 is to win back three states, captured by Trump, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Nicknamed the "Blue Wall" before they unexpectedly leaned toward Trump, they may have supplanted Florida and Ohio as the country's main presidential battlefields.
After the Wisconsin rally, Sanders went to Gary, Indiana on Saturday. He staged a rally at a community college in Warren, Michigan, and goes Sunday to Pennsylvania for an event near the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. Then depart for Ohio on Monday.
Trump also knows that the Midwest is essential to his re-election bid. He seeks to repeat in the states he has won in 2016 and to expand his territory. Trump was to campaign on Monday in Minnesota, a state that almost dropped in 2016 after failing to vote for a Republican presidential candidate since Richard Nixon in 1972.
However, Democrats feel as if the momentum is on their side in the Midwest. They captured governorates in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota last year.
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Pollster Charles Franklin warned of the need to read too many digits a full year ahead of the Wisconsin primaries in April 2020. The candidates with the best name, like Sanders, are generally better off so far compared to others who prepare their first national races, said Franklin.
The Sanders campaign said its message about trade, unions, working families and health care resonated in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Earlier this week, Sanders unveiled its latest "Medicare for All" proposal, an idea that has influenced legislators in the Democratic State of Wisconsin who are pleading for insurance coverage. disease similar to the statewide.
Brooke Singman of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.