Progressives Not Lining Up To Support Joe Biden

( Not every Democratic is lining up with enthusiasm behind presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Earlier this week, progressive Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib said she wouldn’t be outright endorsing Biden for president. When she was asked by a Newsweek reporter why not, she said:

“I don’t want to get into a debate with my residents. Residents come up to me and say, ‘Rashida, I don’t know. I hear Joe Biden this, Joe Biden that.’ I say, ‘Listen, do we need another four years of Trump? No. Then what I need you to do is go out there and focus on that.'”

That is a passive position that many progressives are taking in regard to Biden. It’s one that some on the Black community are taking, too. Just last week, syndicated radio host Charlamagne tha God said Biden wasn’t inspiring Black voters to rally behind him. The only reason they should vote, he said is to get President Donald Trump out of office.

That’s basically what Tlaib said as well. She said she’d work to get the vote out in Michigan, but said residents of her district “need to come out in droves and be inspired by something. And that is going to be a vote against Donald Trump.”

Even though Biden has made it a focus of his to rally progressive troops behind him, he hasn’t been truly successful in doing so yet.

A few months ago, when it was clear he was going to be the party’s nominee, Biden reached out to Bernie Sanders to try to get him and his supporters on board. The pair even formed a number of groups to sketch out party initiatives and campaign platforms.

But Sanders supporters, and other progressives, have not lined up behind Biden as he was hoping they would. Tlaib, who is a Sanders supporter herself, is among those Democrats who seem to be begrudgingly planning to vote for Biden only because they don’t like Trump.

“If the ultimate goal is to get rid of Donald Trump, that doesn’t have to involve me actually endorsing Biden,” she said. “My constituents don’t need to be bogged down in, “Is he the best candidate?’ That’s not what you have to convince my residents.”

There are even some delegates pledged to Sanders who are planning to vote against the Democratic platform if it doesn’t include their candidate’s signature policy — Medicare for All. A petition signed by more than 500 people started in Nevada and reads:

“The Democratic Party and their Platform Committee has failed, to date, to incorporate a clear and progressive platform plank for Medicare-For-All for adoption by the 2020 National Convention.”

Other Sanders supporters are really not happy with their “choice” this November. Nina Turner, who was a Sanders campaign co-chairwoman and a former state senator from Ohio, told the Atlantic recently:

“It’s like saying to somebody, ‘You have a bowl of shit in front of you, and all you’ve got to do is eat half of it instead of the whole thing.’ It’s still shit.”