CNN has been constantly showing on screen today that Bernie Sanders needs 75% of remaining pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination. This is EXTREMELY MISLEADING! Luckily, CNN isn’t the only one who knows how to do basic delegate math. According to The New York Times, Hillary Clinton currently has 1223 pledged delegates, while Bernie Sanders has 920. There are currently 1908 pledged delegates yet to be allocated, 142 of which are at stake today. Disregarding superdelegates, Bernie Sanders needs only 58% of the remaining pledged delegates to overtake Clinton. That would leave Bernie with roughly 2027 pledged delegates and Hillary with 2024. If anyone truly believes that the superdelegates will just grant Hillary the nomination should Bernie have the lead in pledged delegates, then they are seriously misguided. Democrats are not stupid. Bernie supporters would riot in the streets. I also remind you that these numbers are before the caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, where Sanders is expected to win big. This is the problem with counting superdelegates this early. The majority of superdelegates may have come out in favor of Clinton so far, but they do not vote until the Democratic National Convention at the end of July. Superdelegates are free to change their mind at any time until then. CNN knows this, but continues to mislead.


That number will go down after today.

Shame on CNN and their attempts to mislead the American public. The news should not be biased!

Sanders Displays Chutzpah In Flint Debate

“Excuse me, I’m talking.”

To say Bernie Sanders held his own in Sunday night’s debate in Flint, MI would be an understatement. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are skilled debaters, but Bernie was the clear victor Sunday night. Bernie likely convinced a fair number of Michiganders to “feel the bern” after the discussion on the “disastrous trade policies” such as the NAFTA and TPP agreements which lead to the massive outsourcing of jobs, leaving tens of thousands of Michiganders jobless. Bernie opposed these trade policies from the very beginning, while Clinton supported them. That fact will not be lost on Michigan voters.

One moment during the debate that has gained a massive amount of attention was when he stood up to Clinton while she attempted to talk during his time. The powerful and somewhat shocking “Excuse me, I’m talking” proclamation by Sanders has been all over the media with many sources attacking him over it. An article by CNN and several others even claimed it was sexist. These claims are absolutely ludicrous and in my opinion, sexist in and of themselves. Hillary Clinton is a strong, successful, and intelligent woman who can more than hold her own in a debate. Clinton talked over Sanders during his speaking time at various points during the debate, and Sanders eventually responded in a simple, but forceful manner, as he would against any candidate. How is a presidential candidate expected to deal with the many stresses of the presidency if they can’t handle being asked to wait her turn to speak. I personally found Sanders’ assertiveness against Clinton to be extremely refreshing and indicative of strong leadership qualities.

Another moment that was especially notable for Sanders in the debate, especially to me, was when questioned over whether he was “keeping his Jewish faith in the background during his campaign.” He responded passionately stating:

“I am very proud of being Jewish, and that is an essential part of who I am as a human being. My father’s family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy and radical, and extremist politics mean. I learned that lesson as a tiny, tiny child when my mother would take me shopping, and we would see people working in stores who had numbers on their arms because they were in Hitler’s concentration camp.”

While I have a very strong distaste for when people attempt to bring religion into politics, I was extremely pleased with Bernie’s answer as a Jew myself and as a citizen who also worries about crazy and extremist politics. While I found the question to be in poor taste, especially considering how much of being Jewish is about culture and the impact it has on who you are as a person, I found his answer to only further display his raw emotion, passion, and proclivity towards sharing his true thoughts and opinions, whereas Hillary’s answers often displayed calculation rather than sincerity. Several times during the debate, I found myself watching Clinton and felt I could quite literally see the gears in her head turning, attempting to recall what her campaign team prepped her to say in order to best appeal to voters. Conversely, Sanders seems to share his true stances on the issues which he has been advocating for the past 26 years. Not to say Sanders isn’t prepped by his teams as well, but his quick response time made his answers seem more authentic and authenticity is an important trait to have as a president.



Superdelegates Can Change Their Vote At Any Time!

Many people are confused and discouraged by the Democratic primary system because the “superdelegates” make it seem rigged. Superdelegates make up 15% of the total number of delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention this summer to choose the Democratic candidate for President. Superdelegates are comprised of Democratic members of Congress, Governors, former and current Presidents, and party leaders. Unlike pledged delegates, superdelegates are free to vote for whichever candidate they choose.

Bernie Sanders supporters (such as myself) or those considering supporting him are often discouraged when the media shows the delegate count. This is because it shows Hillary with a seemingly massive lead. However, this can be very misleading. Barack Obama faced a similar problem back in 2008 but still won the candidacy. This is because Superdelegates can change their vote at any time. While the vast majority of superdelegates currently back the Democratic Establishment, Hillary Clinton, they can and will change their vote should they see the majority of the popular vote going to another candidate (i.e. Bernie Sanders). The current overall delegate count is:

Hillary Clinton: 1052

Bernie Sanders: 427

However, the pledged delegate is the one that we should really be looking at. The pledged delegate count is what represents that actual will of the people. The current pledged delegate count is:

Hillary Clinton: 595

Bernie Sanders: 405

While this still shows Hillary Clinton with a sizable lead at the moment, it certainly shows a much closer race, especially considering that of the states that have already voted, Bernie Sanders has won (or at least virtually tied) the states that are more representative of Democratic voters as a whole, especially in the states to come. As a Democratic voter, this is important to keep in mind as the mainstream media attempts to push the idea that Hillary has all but won the nomination. The Superdelegate votes will not be enough to grant Hillary the candidacy. As in 2008, superdelegates will slowly, but surely, switch their votes to Bernie Sanders should he win the popular vote. The Democratic Party would crumble if they didn’t. There would be national uproar.

It is worth noting that it was far more difficult for me to find the pledged delegate count than it was to find the count including superdelegates. Don’t let the media dictate Elections by manipulating only showing you information in the way that furthers their cause. Vote for whomever you choose, but don’t be manipulated.