An Iowa field organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign believes he knows what the Vermont socialist is thinking and has been willing to share it. The staffer’s taste for violence, and his eagerness to punish those who’d rather not be forced into the commune, are almost exactly as we would have expected.
Apparently believing that he was speaking to a friendly journalist from the mainstream media over the course of several months, Kyle Jurek, described by Sanders’ Iowa field director as a “top-tier organizer,” went off on a tirade that sounded like Politburo talking points. When asked if “MAGA people could be reeducated,” for instance, Jurek chuckled and said, “we got to try.”
Jurek was actually talking to a Project Veritas operative, who was secretly recording their conversations.
Project Veritas’ hidden camera caught Jurek saying that “after the fall of the Nazi party … Germany had to spend billions of dollars reeducating their f**king people to not be Nazis.”
“We’re probably going to have to do the same thing here.”
The reeducation won’t be held in concentration camps, though. It will be done through our universities.
“That’s kind of what all Bernie’s whole f**king like, ‘hey, free education for everybody’ because we’re going to have to teach you not to be a f**king Nazi.”
And those Soviet labor camps? They weren’t so bad.
“There’s a reason Josef Stalin had gulags,” Jurek said. “Gulags were actually meant for, like, reeducation,” and were quite efficient at stripping the wealthy’s “privilege,” because the rich were going to learn what it meant to be working class. Exercising free speech might also be rewarded by a trip to the gulag in Jurek’s world. Anyone who says things the ruling class doesn’t like should expect a “violent reaction,” and deserves to be beaten.
And then there’s the showcase of the inherent violence of the political left when it doesn’t get its way.
“If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or it goes to a second round at the DNC convention, f**king Milwaukee will burn. It’ll start in Milwaukee and then when … the police push back on that, other cities will just f**king” explode, Jurek promises, later predicting police officers “are going to be the ones getting f**king beaten in Milwaukee.”
Project Veritas, which released the video on Tuesday, says more alarming revelations are forthcoming through its Expose 2020 project. In the video, we hear Jurek, who makes it clear he’s on board with Sanders’ policies, say that “the only thing fascists understand is violence, so the only way you can confront them is with violence.” He says cities “will burn” if President Donald Trump is reelected, and threatens a “reign of terror,” which just might start with shooting those who resist.
Sanders, as well as his supporters, including the media, will no doubt say Jurek’s comments don’t reflect the campaign’s core tenets, that he’s just a low-level operative speaking his own mind. Don’t buy into it.
First, violence, both real and implied, is required to implement socialism. There’s no way around this because it is a system based on compulsion.
Second, if Sanders attracted one staffer who holds those noxious views, it’s likely he’s attracted others. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe legitimately wonders if Jurek is “the true but hidden face of the Sanders’ campaign.” It’s not an unreasonable premise, given that Sanders’ rhetoric and record are gold-plated invitations for radicals.
Remember, it is Sanders who:
- Traveled to the Soviet Union for 10 days in 1988 for a “strange honeymoon” – his words – and came away saying there are things America could learn from the communist regime, which had its “strengths.”
- Visited Nicaragua in 1985 and “hailed the revolution led by Daniel Ortega,” the Washington Post reported. Ortega, of course, was a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary who wrecked that country with Cuban-style communism. Perhaps most damning to Sanders, as we wrote last year, is the fact that “he sat idly by while Ortega ranted about American terrorism, and a crowd of reportedly a half-million chanted ‘here, there, everywhere, the Yankee will die.'”
- Toured Cuba, and returned “glowing with admiration for Fidel Castro, saying he had ‘solved some very important problems’ in that country.” The regime, Sanders said, had made “enormous progress” in “improving the lives of poor people and working people.”
- Promised to prosecute fossil fuel executives, which some believe “starkly reveals Bernie as a Leninist-Stalinist communist, ready and willing to impose his order by brute force; and that means prosecutions for economic crimes, ex post facto prosecutions, prisons, gulags and regimentation.”
Lest we forget, it was Sanders’ ally, New York Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently said the U.S. is “evolving” into fascism, an invitation if there ever was one to treat those who disagree as fascists in need of reeducation, and maybe even a beating, since that’s the “anti-fascist” way.
We don’t expect a replay of Soviet tyranny in the U.S. if Sanders were elected president. It’s unlikely he would act as radically as Jurek would want him do. Yet the reality that someone who believes violence is a political act, and quite clearly yearns for forced reeducation camps to straighten out dissenters, could be a high-level field organizer for Sanders should shake voters out of their stuporous support for the doddering socialist. Moreover, it’s worth mulling the fact that Bernie is the candidate in which someone this odious has placed his full faith and dedication.
Sanders owns Jurek, as does his entire campaign. Voters can’t be allowed to forget it.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board
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