Republicans for Bernie Sanders!


As Hillary Clinton and her Democratic establishment surrogates utilize Republican talking points and attacks in their war on Bernie Sanders, it’s worth highlighting the striking phenomenon of Republicans who either support Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency or respect him for being a principled pragmatist despite their political differences. And this phenomenon is no longer anecdotal — Sanders won 2,095 votes in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, more than 50% of the write-in vote.

What follows is a compilation of videos, written material, and social media accounts that fall under this broad heading. Hopefully this compilation will prove useful to people who come from conservative political backgrounds or who operate in conservative political environments.

John McCain (R-AZ):

“Negotiating with Bernie was not a usual experience, because he is very passionate and he and I are both very strong-willed people and we spend a lot of time banging our fists on the table and having the occasional four-letter word,” McCain said. “But at the end of the day, Bernie was result-oriented.”

Marco Rubio (R-FL) defended Sanders at a town hall last fall when someone asked if there was any difference between Sanders’ socialism and the Cuban communism Rubio’s family fled:

“In fairness, they fled communism. There is social democracy, right, like you see in Europe, where government provides for every aspect of your life, but there’s consequence to that. They fled communism, which is beyond socialism, obviously where government controls society, but also government controls politics, life, the banning of religion, people were being executed.

“What I appreciate about Bernie is he’s not trying to shirk from it. It’s what he believes in. He’s honest about it… I don’t personally have a problem with [Sanders] because he’s being honest about what he believes in. I’d love to have that debate.”

Jim Inhofe (R-OK):

“Bernie Sanders is unique,” Inhofe says, “in that most of the Democrats I know in the Senate vote liberal and press-release conservative. Not Bernie. He’s a proud, in-the-heart, sincere liberal. I’ve never heard him once say something that didn’t come from his heart. That’s not true with all the people running for president, Democrats and Republican. I hold him in high regard.”

Roger Wicker (R-MS):

“I learned early on not to be auto­mat­ic­ally dis­missive of a Bernie Sanders ini­ti­at­ive or amend­ment.”

Richard Burr (R-NC):

“I think he’s very out­spoken in terms of where he is ideo­lo­gic­ally. But when he gets down to the need to get le­gis­la­tion in­to law, then I find him to be one who’s will­ing to sit down and com­prom­ise and ne­go­ti­ate to get to a final product.”

Jeff Miller (R-FL):

“He is very open and honest as he goes through the process,” Miller said. “You know where Bernie is coming from.”

A Washington Post article on Sanders’ long-standing support among Vermont Republicans:

Two political signs are in the grass — for Jim Douglas, the Republican governor, and for “Bernie,” the socialist.

Frankie Paquette, 63, asks you to sit in his kitchen while his wife, Millie, knits. He’s a wiry millworker whose mill moved south of the border three years ago. He subsists on odd jobs and no health insurance, hoping to limp to 65 and Medicare. He’s talked with Sanders twice and the congressman’s office helped him obtain college loans for his sons.

“Bernie’s got really crazy ideas,” Paquette says. “But he’s for the little guy who ain’t got three dollars for gasoline in February. That’s me and I’m for him.”


A liberty-loving Sanders fan in Vermont.

The Boston Globe reported on how Sanders “out-Republican the Republicans” as mayor of Burlington:

Frederick J. Bailey is a conservative man. Fresh out of college, he volunteered for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and became an avid reader of the National Review. When he went to work as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, his goal was “to prosper.”

And so when the baby-faced Bailey became a member of the Burlington Board of Aldermen at age 28, he was stunned to find himself sitting across from socialist Mayor Bernie Sanders. Like many conservatives in town, Bailey had dismissed Sanders as a “kook” when he became mayor in 1981 and presumed he would not last long.

But here it was four years later and Bernie, as everyone called him, was still there, sitting under his beloved portrait of Socialist Eugene Debs in City Hall.

Bailey, a banker’s son, disagreed with some of what the wild-haired mayor said, but on the bigger issues, like keeping property taxes down, they saw eye to eye. To the fury of his Republican colleagues, Bailey began to vote with the mayor.

“Other people just could not look beyond that socialist shtick of his. I just never took it seriously,” said Bailey, who later became the chairman of the board. “The truth is, he was a very decent mayor. It is a nitty-gritty job of day-by-day executive decisions and he did it well. He got things done.”

Sanders, the unyielding ideologue, who once read Fidel Castro’s biography during a crucial meeting in City Hall, turned out to be a pragmatic and efficient administrator, one so fiscally conservative that some Republicans say he managed to “out-Republican the Republicans.” He just did it his way.

Determined to find alternatives to the property tax, which he considered regressive, he had municipal attorneys pore over the city charter in search of novel revenue sources. When he found the city’s insurance contracts had been repeatedly awarded to the same local companies, he applied a “radical socialist concept, competitive bidding,” as he later jokingly described it, and saved the city thousands of dollars.

Conservatives grumbled when Sanders put his sneaker-clad feet up on the table, but when his new treasurer discovered a $1.9 million surplus hidden in the budget, they grew quiet.

Dennis Pittser Jr. who lives in Midland, Beaver County Pennsylvania and was very active in local Republican politics wrote an essay explaining why he supports Sanders:

Why do I support Bernie Sanders? For me, Bernie Sanders is the antithesis of what it means to be a politician. I see him riding a train back and forth to Washington, pictures of him walking to the Capitol and flying coach! I see what our political system was supposed to be when the founding fathers created it – and now I know what has become of it. I’m tired of the two parties jousting over inane details and forgetting the plight of everyone else. Bernie, to me, knows what I’m facing trying to raise my family. He can empathize with my struggle. He truly wants me to be able to have the American dream. We’ve tried it the Republican and Democrat way for decades and the only thing we have done is tilt the table in favor of the ruling elite. It’s time for everyone to get a fair share and for everyone to stop living hand to mouth. Trump likes to say he will “Make America Great Again” but, it can never be great again unless everyone is brought along.

Bernie will bring us back to greatness by including everyone. …

If something doesn’t change – and soon – I’ll never see an iota of the success that my parents had. I’m witnessing the decline of America, its systematic de-evolution. We need a middle class. We need checks and balances. We need a safety net. I belong to the party that is counter to everything I believe. I have worked towards electing people that stand for the very things I now see have put me in this situation. I mindlessly toed the line, I voted party line. But, I wonder if my story is really any different than most voters in America?

But this time round will be different – I will vote for someone I know I can trust – and I hope you do to. It’s time to ignore our blind party allegiances and elect someone who will stand up for the greater good.

Bernie Sanders is the candidate for me, you and everybody.

Social Media Accounts:

Conservatives who support Bernie Sanders create a site to share their stories:

This post was inspired and partially compiled by the reddit user Dan_The_Manimal. This post will be updated whenever new, relevant material comes to light.


21 responses to “Republicans for Bernie Sanders!

  1. Great info, well done!

    May I suggest you re-size your featured image to 1038×576? Currently, when you share this via Facebook, it crops the top and bottom which beheads the elephant and splits “Bernie” horizontally down the middle.

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  2. What this country needs is structural change. What we settle for is cosmetic change. Bernie is long on promises and short on accomplishments. I have yet to hear how he will make healthcare affordable. He says we should go to a single payer system. Given today’s healthcare prices, even single payer will cost the average American quite a bit of money and does nothing to stop the rise in health care costs. Now if he said his solution to high healthcare costs was to enforce all the anti-trust laws, all the restraint of trade laws, all of the anti-monopoly laws that Congress has exempted the various healthcare entities from, then I might vote for him.

    The man simply does not understand basic economics. Who pays for free college educations? Certainly not the institutions handing out the degrees. Oh, that’s right, the one percent will pay for it all. Did you know that if you have sixty thousand dollars in assets you are a member of the one percent? Why are college cost so high? Dig into the budget of any public or private college or university and see that for every teaching professor there are two administrators on the payroll. Money is spent of new gyms and rec buildings and new student facilities. The worst of it is that education gets dumb down because more mediocre students are admitted and the institution must show high degree completion rates. No, Bernie does not have a better idea.

    But worst yet is that he doesn’t understand just what the Federal Reserve Bank is and who owns it. Do you? Most Americans don’t have the slightest idea. It is owned by the banks, all of them are members of the FED system. You and I, who are citizens in this country don’t own a dime’s worth of the FED. The president proposes two appointments to the board and the senate confirms. But take a look at that dollar bill in your pocket. What are the words printed in plain sight? Federal Reserve Note. That’s right, your fiat currency is a debt payable by the FED unpo presentation at one of the thirteen FED banks in, guess what? Another note of debt. I believe it was about 1974 when the Federal Reserve Notes (our paper currency) were silver certificates redeemable in silver. So guess what, the FED debt is well over 16 trillion. That’s right, that is what they are carrying on their bank books. Oh, that’s right, that is suppose to be assets. US Treasuries are debt issued by the Treasury. Mortgage Backed Securities are various residential and commercial mortgages packaged into securities (Bonds, notes, etc) and sold to investment institutions. The FED balance sheet is filled with assets that are really debt obligations and as we all know, when such debt cannot be repaid the asset is worthless. Bernie doesn’t understand any of this.

    The end result of a Bernie Sanders presidency is little more than cosmetic change, completely meaningless. His foreign policy will be one of isolationism. I suppose we need to stop the insanity of Obama and Clinton but total withdrawal is not exactly in our best interest. World events have gone too far to withdraw from the affairs of the world. But we do need to stop regime change and meddling in the affairs of other nations. Okay, Bernie has half a chance here.


      • His accomplishments are mostly establishment fluff. Adding more to Obamacare? And what are the rates for health insurance now, lower or higher? has he led the charge for banking reform and accomplished any meaningful legislation in that area? Has he led the charge for the justice department to investigate and indict bankers, business CEOs and the like for malfeasance? If elected, will he direct the justice department to go after John Corzine for fraud? The list of the high and mighty who have perpetrated financial crimes is very long and yet not once has Sanders come out and castigated them for their misdeeds.

        Oh, a little pushback on student debt. Why not lead the change on the student loan program. Let students file for bankruptcy against those debts. Congress should never have made them so easy to get in the first place. But the student loan program is a license to steal for every public and private educational institution. And what’s his plan, more of the same? Oh, that’s right, let someone else pay the cost. Who? You and me, pal.

        Bernie is an intellectual internationalist. Very easy to read. The question becomes, what happens when the SHTF because of the stupidity of the previous administration? He has no plan. If elected, you can bet that Iran will provoke an armed incident such as firing of a US warship and destroying it. What will he do, tell us about Islam as a religion and as a way of governing a country? Will he send a strongly worded communique to the Ayatollah? Don’t count on him actually sending a few missiles to destroy military installations in Iran.


      • And how long ago was that? Did he support Hilary’s foray into Libya? Did he support her regime change in Syria? Now that the Russians and iran are intervening in that part of the world, what would be his grand strategy, back off, ignore, send in special ops, what? Obama’s lack of coherent foreign policy has helped to make a real mess of the middle east and the Ukraine. What is Bernie’s solution? I don’t see that he has one and I don’t see him as being forceful against aggression on any level. My take is that he will simply back off and ignore what is going on. It’s one thing to vote on someone else’s plans, it’s another to come up with a workable plan yourself.

        The world is entering into a long depression and there will be fights over resources in the future. Bernie will not seek to end all the free trade agreements than have led to manufacturing and services being exported to under developed and emerging nations. If you get laid off you might as well head to the emerging nation that now has your job and stand in line for it. Bernie will not bring it back. Oh, he’ll want to tax the rich to pay for all your free shit, but that money won’t last but a year or two at best. Then what? If you want to change the country and the world then you have to change the rules. Got a problem with global corporations sucking the wealth out of everyone? Enact stiff tariffs. That would make it cheaper to manufacture locally. Of course unions would have to be treated as contractors of labor services, as they should be. Those union workers have grown fat and lazy with guaranteed raises and defined pension benefits. Banks too large? Why yes, break them up and keep retail separate from investment banking. Stop the FED from fractional lending practices. Better yet, kill the FED. There are thousands of things we can do that will bring back a working economy, reduce income disparities (I am not a fool, I do not believe in income equality). But if you are betting on Bernie, it ain’t going to happen, no way, no how.


  3. Hey, great article. I’m a Democrat but thought you should have a look at this video from Nick Hanauer, a 0.1% billionaire talking about why taxing the rich is important. The format is a plea to other wealthy people during a 6 minute Ted Talk. It’s pretty fascinating and is pretty relevant to the Republicans for Bernie!

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