Reprinted from Jacobin by Meagan Day on July 11, 2019.
“Bernie Sanders has a flair for naming and shaming the rich and powerful,” writes Meagan Day in Jacobin. “Last month, when he faced criticism for his democratic socialist politics from Jamie Dimon, he responded on social media: ‘Jamie Dimon is the billionaire CEO of a Wall Street bank that was fined $13 billion for mortgage fraud, admitted to wrongly foreclosing on military officials, paid a settlement for bribing foreign officials and received a $416 billion taxpayer bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department.’ He added sarcastically, ‘Jamie. Thanks so much for your advice.’
“This week, Sanders updated his website with a page dedicated to anti-endorsements. ‘I am proud to announce the modern-day oligarchs who oppose our movement,’ it reads, boasting words of hatred from executives of Home Depot, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, General Electric and more. The page is framed by a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
“This is nothing new for Sanders. He’s been gung ho to publicly confront the wealthy for decades. But his strategy has ramped up considerably since early 2018. And he doesn’t just fire back when faced with personal criticism — for over a year, Sanders has been using his enormous platform to criticize powerful companies and their CEOs on behalf of the workers whose rights they trample underfoot, and to extract concessions from bosses on the threat of public embarrassment and reputational devastation. From Amazon to Walmart to Disney to McDonald’s, Sanders doesn’t hold back. …