Gotta love it when the opposition starts turning on itself.
Now that Vermont Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has thrown is ball cap into the 2020 presidential ring on the Democrat ticket, those who staffed Hillary Clinton’s failed bid for the Oval Office are looking to hold his feet to the fire.
With Sanders running on a platform that pretty much defines the green agenda in the United States, those still with Hillary are pointing out just how he did not stick to those ideals the last go around.
But in the final months of the 2016 campaign, Sanders repeatedly requested and received the use of a carbon-spewing private jet for himself and his traveling staff when he served as a surrogate campaigner for Hillary Clinton.
In the two years following the presidential election, Sanders continued his frequent private jet travel, spending at least $342,000 on the flights.
Oops. Didn’t a Trump cabinet member get drummed out of Washington for taking private jet flights?
Of course, private jet flights are not the only things sticking in the craws of the Hillary crowd.
“I’m not shocked that while thousands of volunteers braved the heat and cold to knock on doors until their fingers bled in a desperate effort to stop Donald Trump, his Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders would only deign to leave his plush D.C. office or his brand new second home on the lake if he was flown around on a cushy private jet like a billionaire master of the universe,” said Zac Petkanas, who was the director of rapid response for the Clinton campaign.
Oh, yeah, Bernie and his wife do have three houses.
Part of the problem, it seems, was that in 2016, Bernie actually out campaigned Hillary Clinton for reasons still not clear to We the People, and the Clinton campaign had to pick up some of the tabs.
Those who had worked on his primary campaign made it known that the only logistical way Sanders could adhere to the event schedules requested by the Clinton campaign was by flying private. The Clinton campaign, however, viewed the private jet flights as a needless extravagance and wanted the senator to mostly fly commercial.
The senator ended up flying private on three separate multi-day trips in the last two months of the campaign.
Sanders’ flights — usually on a Gulfstream plane — cost the Clinton-Kaine campaign at least $100,000 in total, according to three people familiar with the cost of the air travel.
And yet Hillary Clinton, due to having Secret Service protection all these years after her consort was president, got to fly government.
Oh, yeah, that’s fair.
If nothing else, the 2020 primary season is going to be entertaining if this is the sort of griping we will get to see. Too bad the lot of Democrats aren’t wealthy enough to have their own planes.