Sanders Delegates Banned From Bashing Biden on Social Media
After delegate drama in 2016, Democrats aren’t taking any chances this time. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) has asked at least some of his 2020 delegates to sign a pledge saying they won’t denounce Democratic party leaders or other candidates, won’t be argumentative with anyone on social media, and won’t speak to the press without explicit approval.
“Your role as delegate comes with a series of responsibilities and requirements,” states the Sanders delegate agreement, published by The Washington Post. It includes a social media policy, a code of conduct, and a non-disclosure agreement for delegates.
Failure to follow these policies could lead to “disciplinary action, including but not limited to your removal from the delegation,” it states.
“Social media postings have the potential to generate media coverage,” notes the Bernie 2020 Delegate Social Media Policy. “If a member of the media contacts you about a posting of any kind: do not respond,” and instead forward it to Sanders press staff.
Other social media rules include:
Assume everything you post is ‘on the record’ and will be attributed to the Candidate and the Campaign.[…] Do your best to avoid online arguments or confrontations. If engaging in an adversarial conversation, be respectful when addressing opposing viewpoints or commenting on the opposition. […] Refrain from making negative statements about other candidates, party leaders, Campaigns, Campaign staffers, supporters, news organizations or journalists. This Campaign is about the issues and finding solutions to America’s problems. Our job is to differentiate the senator from his opponents on the issues—not through personal attacks.
The Sanders delegate code of conduct contains variations on these same themes.
“I will engage with other delegates, superdelegates, party leadership, and elected officials with respect and a spirit of cooperativeness, even if I disagree with them,” states one plank. “I will remain professional even in the face of criticism. I will listen, and not force my opinions on someone if they are not interested in engaging.”
“I will acknowledge my own biases and how they might influence me,” states another part of the code of conduct. “Biases can influence our decisions, thoughts, and behaviors without us even noticing, until we make a conscious effort to do so.”
Chris Liquori, a Sanders delegate from New Hampshire, told the Post, “I think the campaign is trying to avoid, you know, a walkout or some really bad optics a la 2016.”
Is it good optics for the Democrats to stifle internal divisions and try to silence members who may be upset with the party’s status quo? Not all delegates think so.
“Some of the wording was really stifling what to say,” Lori Boydston, a Sanders delegate from Colorado, told the Post. But she said the Sand
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