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Idiotic Sanders supporter claims he created fake homophobic video as a social experiment.

So the video of the rally which appeared to show Sanders entering the stage to a homophobic rap video is a fake, with the video altered to include that song.

And it was done by a Bernie supporter -- not a Bernie hater.

I think his story is very strange though. Why would he do a social experiment that could make Bernie look bad?

His statement here:

To make a long story short, It started off as a goof, and turned into a social experiment. Literally everyone and their mothers went nuts, using it for their own agendas to prove that some how Bernie Sanders was anti gay all along, I chose that song because I knew it would shake up both ends of the spectrum. So I want to ask everyone, The younger folks out there, I really do appreciate the immense love everyone gave Bernie Sanders, but please think more about the political process and get involved instead of having to have a viral video to motivate you to make a move and vote. To those Hilary supporters, I hope you feel at a lose for words and I say that with all due respect, I respect your stance but Id like to ask you how it feels to believe you almost had a 1up on Bernie and a reason to shame him only to come up short? Just like you all accused the Bernie supporters of being senseless for following this man coming out to a DMX you too are a victim of blindly believing everything you see on the internet. With that said, I hope everyone remembers what memorial day is all about and RIP to all my dead soldiers, its more than just a 3 day weekend. God bless america.



But according to Joe.My.God., Acuna has confessed to LGBT blogger and author Matt Rettenmund of Boy Culture, and to Slate. Before Acuna's confession, Rettenmund was on to the perpetrator, having wading through his tweets to confirm he's a Sanders supporter.

Acuna tells Rettenmund, "this was a social experiment, and everyone seem to fall for it."

Well, not everyone. NCRM did not.

Confessing that the "video was faked," Acuna says, "i knew everyone would go nuts."

"Im a Bernie supporter but one of the main things that I set to prove is the medias ability to rewrite headlines and make everything seem twisted." Which is essentially what he did, only worse. Most of the media doesn't intentionally splice audio on top of video to create 100 percent false stories that people think are real.

"The video was a joke at first." Acuna says, "as i thought about it, i knew everyone would go nuts," confessing that the "video was faked." i just want to give a major shout out to boy culture for keeping a level head about the situation.


UPDATE: Acuna, who identifies as a Sanders supporter, shared with the Blade a statement he gave to other media outlets asserting the video is fake and he created it as a “social experiment.”

“I did this to prove how quick the internet is to chew something up, and believe anything they here going as far as to make comments about Bernie Sanders and saying that he is a homophobe, the video is fake, he obviously is not,” Acuna said. “Moral of the story? Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Our integrity must be stronger than to vote for a man based off a video and stronger than to just accuse a man of being something he isn’t off of something you see on the internet just to use for your own political agenda.”

Democrats reject Sanders demand to oust Frank and Malloy


WASHINGTON — Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders’ request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party’s summer convention.

Sanders’ presidential campaign said in a letter Friday to the Democratic National Committee that Dannel Malloy, Connecticut’s governor, and Barney Frank, a former Massachusetts congressman, couldn’t be relied upon to perform their roles “fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias.”

Malloy is Platform Committee co-chairman. Frank is co-chairman of the Rules Committee.

Democratic officials responded to Sanders’ request on Saturday, saying in a letter that Malloy and Frank were elected under party rules and that Sanders wasn’t alleging any violations of that process.



In April, Tad Devine, Sanders’ senior adviser, said Frank is among surrogates for Hillary Clinton who used Sanders’ remarks to a New York Daily News editorial board on April 1 to promote a story line that questions Sanders’ capacity to be president. Devine pointed to Frank’s April 6 statements on MSNBC that Sanders “confused several things” in his responses to questions about his core issue of breaking up big banks. Frank also said Sanders’ responses to the editorial board were not “coherent.”

Frank said in an April interview with USA TODAY that he would step aside from his co-chairmanship if the Democratic nomination is still uncertain in June and if a Rules Committee decision could be the deciding factor. With Clinton's decisive lead in delegates, that appears unlikely.

A Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman told USA TODAY earlier this month that Malloy agrees with Sanders on many issues. On Saturday, Leigh Appleby said Malloy is committed to a platform and process reflective of the party's diverse viewpoints.

"This year's Democratic platform process is making an unprecedented effort to ensure the process is reflective of the entire party and that every Democrat has an opportunity to have their voice heard in a meaningful way," Appleby said in a statement. "And at the end of the day, Democats will put forward a platform that stands in stark contrast to the hateful, divisive, and dangerous policies of Donald Trump."

AIDS activists blast Bernie's campaign for "using and abusing" them in the publicity

for a meeting they had, which the Bernie campaign falsely portrayed as a meeting to discuss CA's drug pricing ballot initiative, ahead of the CA primary.

They were already upset with him for canceling a meeting to discuss their concerns, and then having to be pushed to reschedule. But when the meeting finally happened things only got worse.

The campaign put out a press release lying about the AIDS activists’ support of a CA drug pricing initiative that Bernie has endorsed and implying that this was a focus of the meeting. One of the leaders said he felt “used and abused” by the Sanders campaign. They haven’t endorsed the initiative -- they actually have serious concerns about it -- and Bernie knows that.

The activists are worried that it is a badly written law that may have the unintended consequence of preventing the state from buying critical AIDS drugs.


Sanders had agreed to the meeting a while ago, then abruptly canceled; incurring the wrath of AIDS activists after refusing to reschedule. The criticism apparently grew to be too much and Sanders was forced to relent and hold the meeting.

Here’s the text of what Peter Staley wrote:
Feeling used and abused by the Sanders campaign right now. They just issued a press release making it sound like our meeting was about his endorsement of AHF’s drug pricing ballot initiative in CA. Senator Sanders never brought the issue up during our meeting. WE brought it up near the end, only to tell him that we had been flooded with messages from all the leading AIDS organizations in CA with deep concerns about AHF’s initiative — they are worried it could actually negatively impact access to AIDS drugs. Those groups have tried to reach the campaign with these concerns but had hit a brick wall. We asked Sanders to designate someone in his campaign to talk with these groups, and he agreed to this. WE DID NOT ENDORSE AHF’S INITIATIVE. His campaign should not have issued a press release implying this was a major topic of discussion at the meeting, and that there was general agreement on the Senator’s position on this. Anything but.

It’s a complicated issue that John Weir gets into in detail here. But what isn’t complicated is that a group of America’s top HIV activists sat down with Bernie Sanders and told him unequivocally that they opposed this initiative. Sanders turned around and lied about them, and their alleged support for this initiative, ostensibly to endear himself to key organizations in California that can help him in the upcoming primary race in that state.


It’s bad enough that Sanders blew off the AIDS community last month, and that up until a month or so ago Sanders didn’t even mention AIDS on the rather-short-on-substance LGBT page on his campaign site (the page was only beef upped after I publicly complained about its paucity). But for Sanders to take a community that’s already ticked at him, that he’s already dissed, and then use his meeting with them to curry favor with key political allies in a primary state is the height of the very Machiavellian politics that Sanders claims to eschew.

John Weir’s public Facebook post:


They were already upset with him for canceling a meeting to discuss their concerns, and then having to be pushed to reschedule. But when the meeting finally happened things only got worse.

The campaign put out a press release lying about the AIDS activists’ support of a CA drug pricing initiative that Bernie has endorsed and implying that this was a focus of the meeting. One of the leaders said he felt “used and abused” by the Sanders campaign. They haven’t endorsed the initiative and Bernie knows that.

The activists are worried that it is a badly written law that may have the unintended consequence of preventing the state from buying critical AIDS drugs.

Sanders calls for ouster of Gov. Malloy and Barney Franks

Here is the link to the letter:

(Turns out it was more than a link!)


A lawyer for the Vermont senator sent a four-page letter Friday to convention officials challenging the credentials of Malloy to serve as co-chairman of the platform committee.

The letter singled-out Malloy and former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who was tapped as co-chairman of the rules committee for the July convention in Philadelphia.

“Gov. Malloy and Mr. Frank have both been aggressive attack surrogates for the Clinton campaign,” wrote Brad Deutsch, the legal counsel for the Sanders campaign. “Their criticisms of Senator Sanders have gone beyond the dispassionate ideological disagreement and have exposed a deeper professional, political and personal hostility toward the Senator and his Campaign.”


And here is the Barney Frank interview that Sanders lawyer is referring to.


Do you think she should release her Wall Street speeches?

Yeah, but I don’t think anybody is really against her because she won’t. By the way, I think Sanders has been outrageously McCarthyite on that.


Yes, I saw one commercial that said the big companies weren’t punished. Why? Well, maybe it’s because Hillary is getting speaking fees. So the secretary of state should have been indicting people? I mean, yes, McCarthyite in the sense that it’s guilt by association. He complains about what she did with regards to all this money stuff. Where’s the beef of that?


What Sanders basically says is, “They’re trying to bribe you.” Well what do they get for money? He shows nothing.

There have been a couple of cases of Republican senators trying to weaken the Dodd-Frank Act. Elizabeth Warren has been a much more successful defender of that bill than Sen. Sanders has been.

Tad Devine, top Bernie advisor, was "instrumental in the creation of the superdelegate process."

And yet the Sanders campaign can't stop complaining about how the system was "rigged." Why did you rig the system, Tad Devine?


The superdelegates became part of the Democratic nominating process in 1982 to ensure the Democratic party has input on who the nominee is. They wanted to prevent another election like 1972’s when George McGovern won the Democratic nomination, but lost every state minus one.

Ironically, Tad Devine, Sanders’ top adviser, who was instrumental in the creation of the superdelegate process, defended their existence.

“It’s pretty hard to win a nomination in a contested race and almost impossible to win without the superdelegeates,” Devine said in 2008 in an interview on NPR.

Before Bernie called for breaking up the banks, he called for seizing family-owned wealth --

specifically, for breaking up the great wealth owned by the Rockefeller family.

If Bernie had won the nomination, this would be one of the many revelations in the general election -- one that middle of the road independents and most Democrats (except those on the farthest left) would strongly object to.



Sanders’ second main theme in his 1974 Senate race was what the Bennington Banner called his “own pet issue,” the “incredible economic power of the Rockefeller family.” As a presidential candidate and member of Congress, Sanders has assailed the influence billionaires and megadonors hold over American politics and media. However, his plan for the Rockefellers went much further, with Sanders implying he would push to have the family’s fortune used to fund government programs. In a 1974 press release, Sanders said “the incredible wealth and power of this family must be broken up.” The Rockefellers’ billions should be “used to create a decent standard of living for all people” by being redirected toward government social programs for the elderly or lower taxes.

Sanders was in the middle of running on an anti-Rockefeller platform in August 1974 when reports began to emerge that President Ford planned to nominate Nelson Rockefeller to be his vice president after the impeachment and resignation of President Nixon. Sanders was apoplectic and sent a letter to Ford urging him to pick someone else because “the Rockefellers are already the richest and most powerful family in the world.” Sanders warned that the appointment “could be the beginning of a virtual Rockefeller family dictatorship over the nation.” Rockefeller was officially nominated about a week later and went on to become vice president.

So are Bernie and the Don never going to release their taxes?

Yes, I know Bernie released a single year, but that's never been the standard, ever since 1976. At the very least, every candidate should be expected to release at least a few years.

Hillary and Bill have publicly released 30 years worth, including eight returns last summer.

Forbes: OIG email report vindicates Clinton


By Charles Tiefer, Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, author of "Veering Right: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes"

The report released Wednesday . . . does not add any new serious charges or adverse facts. And, it shows she was less out of line with her predecessors, notably Colin Powell, than has been charged. Powell’s handling of his email was so similar, in fact, that when House Republicans drag this issue through hearings up to Election Day, Powell should be called as a witness – a witness for Clinton. To put it differently, she is having a double standard applied to her. Here are five key aspects of the report.


Third, where the report does add to our knowledge, is about Colin Powell, who served from 2001-2005. Powell did all his email business on a private account. All of his emails on official business were apparently in a private account. It is not clear why a great deal of what is said against Clinton’s emails, could not be said against Powell’s. Moreover, Powell’s similar practices can hardly be blamed on his being a novice about security. He not only had been Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he had been National Security Adviser. He had jurisdiction over all the intelligence agencies. Since Powell, with unimpeachable security credentials, felt fine using private email for official business, why are we climbing all over Clinton? It is, to be blunt, a double standard.

Fourth, the big criticism in the report is regarding the failure to print and file email in a retrievable way. But as the report shows, the Office of the Secretary of State has rarely succeeded in doing that. They either always have better things to do, or it is not a high enough priority, or there are technical difficulties, or turnover. Very likely a stingy Congress does not want to hire enough personnel to have crews doing that throughout the government. In any event, they rarely get that done. Since that is a general problem, why pin it particularly on Clinton?

Fifth . . . Note how she is not labeled as violating any statute, but rather, a real mouthful of mush – “the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.” So we are talking about obscure, dull, bureaucratic policies. Not a criminal statute. Not even a civil statute – just the bureaucratic policies.

WA State superdelegates strongly favor the Export-import Bank that Bernie opposes,

and Hillary's win in the primary -- in which almost three times as many Dems participated compared to the caucuses -- will confirm their decisions to give their convention votes to Hillary.

The Export-Import bank was set up by FDR as a part of the new deal, to help US companies compete overseas, since other countries have similar banks. It returns a profit to the Treasury every year. Bernie is the SOLE Senate progressive or Democrat to join with the tea party in trying to end this public bank.

And every President since FDR, Democrat and Republican, has supported the Export-Import bank.

Because of the importance of the Export-Import Bank to the WA State economy, our superdelegates have a strong reason to support Hillary. And now the primary voters have chosen Hillary, too.


Sen. Bernie Sanders was the only Democratic caucus member in the Senate to oppose renewal of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, marked for extinction in 2015 by such right-wing groups as the Club for Growth, Heritage Foundation and various fronts for the Koch Brothers.


"The Ex-Im Bank is a vital tool that has assisted hundreds of Washington state companies, large and small -- from agriculture to aerospace to electronics and wine making," Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.


Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who sits with Sanders on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, was sharply critical of Sanders without naming her colleague: "I was proud to stand up and fight back against the misguided attempts to shut down the bank, and hurt local workers and small businesses, and I will keep working to make sure that those who want to kill jobs and hurt the economy in Washington by closing the bank don't win this critical debate."


Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., added: "It's disappointing to hear some lawmakers disparage a program that helps hundreds of small- and middle-market businesses in our state -- and at no cost to taxpayers."

The Export Import Bank is an antithesis of corporate welfare. It runs at a profit, returning more than $650 million to the U.S. Treasury in 2014.

WA state's 17 super delegates can now argue that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner of the primary

in which almost three times as many WA Democrats participated as in the less inclusive, less representative caucuses.

So today's primary may be more important than a mere "beauty contest."


Donovan, the WWU professor, said the primary results could ease pressure on some of the state’s superdelegates, who some Sanders supporters have urged to back Sanders over Clinton due to his landslide caucus win.


Sanders dominated the precinct caucuses in March, and those results were finalized in recent congressional district caucuses, giving Sanders 74 delegates to Clinton’s 27.

That doesn’t include the state’s 17 Democratic superdelegates, who are not bound by the primary vote. Most of the superdelegates, including Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, have endorsed Clinton, angering many Sanders backers, who say the superdelegates should back the caucus winner.

Todd Donovan, a professor of political science at Western Washington University, said the results could lead to more talk of whether caucuses are the best way to pick presidential favorites in the state. “They really kind of distort reality,” he said, adding that primaries “are probably a better snapshot.”

About 230,000 Democrats participated in the March precinct caucuses. As of Tuesday, more than 660,000 Democratic votes had been counted in the primary.


" I would ask the super delegates from the state of Washington to respect the wishes of their people in their state and the votes they have cast," said Senator Bernie Sanders in a National Press Club in Washington, DC. on May 1, 2016. On the same day, Senator Patty Murray stated at the King County convention, " When we get to the Democratic Convention in July Super-delegates will not overturn what the count of the regular vote is."

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