I’m going to be blunt, “Bloomberg is just as bad as Trump” is at best needlessly reductionist and at worst a bad-faith argument. I am no fan of racist-ass billionaires, and I believe in aggressive wealth redistribution because no person can amass that fortune and still be a friend of the working class, but there is nuance, and it is the height of intellectual dishonesty to wash that nuance away.
The Sanders campaign and its attendant ardent supporters have been repeatedly accused of lacking nuance and failing to account for differences that may be important to others, and that is entirely at work here. Reducing everything to a class issue while ignoring differences within specific classes has been a constant critique, to which I have not seen an adequate response. It’s the largest critique I see from the PoC camp, and here we are again erasing important differences because class trumps all according to Sanders.
It’s not that simple. If it were, we wouldn’t have racial inequality in the middle class. People want that addressed, and the Sanders message is consistently seen as blowing past or dismissing that. “Bloomberg is just as bad as Trump” is literally the same problematic thought process applied to a different arena. Learn to recognize and combat it or you will literally tank your own movement.
You want to criticize Bloomberg, let’s talk about why he’s not trying to run as Republican to unseat Trump, or why he isn’t using his vast wealth to unseat GOP Senators in key races. We can criticize those things left and right without falling into the intellectually lazy trap of “both sides” or “billionaires can’t be trusted.”
I don’t want to vote for Bloomberg and I am working everywhere I can to make sure that’s not the case, but for the love of fuck you are actually making it harder to make that reality happen by erasing any and all nuance from the discussion.