Is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) behind the sudden wave of accusations being leveled at former Vice President Joe Biden over his inappropriate behavior towards women?
As the Daily Wire’s James Barrett reported earlier on Tuesday, Team Biden certainly believes that Team Bernie has something to do with allegations that Biden behaved inappropriately toward Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman who welcomed Biden at an event for her fledging campaign for Nevada lieutenant governor.
“Joe Biden advisers believe coverage of allegations of inappropriate behavior is being stoked by rival Democrats — a dynamic that could actually fire up the vice president at a time when others see success as increasingly improbable,” Axios reported. “Several around Biden think advisers to Bernie Sanders are at least partly behind the anti-Biden campaign. One prominent backer thinks Biden will run, and ‘is ready to kill Bernie.'”
Flores, CNN reports, is very well connected to Team Bernie, which has only grown Team Biden’s suspicions that the attack on Biden’s past is well-orchestrated by a certain progressive candidate looking to be the only frontrunner in the race.
“During her 2016 congressional campaign, Flores endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential primary campaign against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” according to CNN. “Later that year, after the primary, Flores became a board member with the Sanders-inspired group ‘Our Revolution’ — a position she has since left.”
Saying Flores backed Sanders in 2016 is putting it mildly. Her support for the progressive candidate challenging presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton put her in open war with many of Nevada’s and the nation’s most prominent Democratic activist groups. A candidate profile on the socialist website “In These Times,” says Flores was so outspoken in her love for Sanders that she “earned the enmity of the Latina Advisory Council, a new initiative of Emily’s List and the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA to increase the number of Latinas elected to office.”
Emily’s List eventually endorsed Flores’ opponent, leading Flores’ allies to accuse the abortion rights group of embodying “white privilege.”
After Sanders’ campaign wrapped in 2016, he formed “Our Revolution,” a group, the Nation reported at the time, “founded to carry forward the work of his ‘political revolution,'” that Sanders himself tasked with creating “the strongest and most progressive Democratic platform in the history of the country … the blueprint for Democrats moving forward in Congress and around the country.”
The group suffered from internal struggles and was not as immediately effective as Sanders hoped. By 2018, though, it had settled into a role supporting progressive candidates for lower-level public office and for Congress, and contributed to a wave of progressive wins in 2018, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) primary victory in New York.
Flores was part of the founding board of Our Revolution.
“I’m incredibly excited to continue the work that Bernie and so many others started in order to further our shared progressive agenda,” she said at the organization’s groundbreaking, according to a press release. “It’s truly an honor to work alongside the talented Our Revolution board and staff, who are as committed as I am to the future of our political movement.”
She took an active role in continuing Sanders’ work, even appearing as a signatory on some of the group’s fundraising materials targeted at supporting female candidates for office.
She eventually proved too progressive even for Our Revolution; in May of 2018, she began attacking the group internally, accusing Our Revolution of failing to adequately address the needs of Latinx voters and of marginalizing pro-immigation activists within its ranks.
Team Biden noted that it seems odd that now, just as Biden is about to enter the race, already leading Sanders by several points in most key primary states, a former Sanders acolyte is accusing Biden of impropriety.