#VettingBernie, aka a Timeline of Sanders Bull@#$%

A small collection of things either Senator Sanders, his campaign or his more vocal supporters have done recently. Either way, you can tell I’m not a fan of his.

145 min readFeb 21, 2016


Stuff is always being posted, so…feel free to check back for updates. They’ll mostly be at the bottom, in chronological order, but every once in a while we find something new. — the Management.

Also, I left the links exposed. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. This way it’s easier to see the link beforehand, and decide if it’s worth your time or not. I tried to use hard news sources where possible. — The Management, again. February 22, 2016.


April 6, 1981: Bernie wins a shocking victory by only 10 votes to become mayor of Vermont’s largest city, Burlington.

Sanders was elected on a socialist platform and led a mayoral administration that he boasted was “more radical” than any other in the country.

And he had a vision. Sanders believed his work in Burlington could spread socialism throughout America.

1985: Bernie’s uh…mixed record (putting it nicely) when it comes to standing up to the military industrial complex.

In 1985, for example, protesters massed at the General Electric plant in Burlington, Vermont, where Sanders was serving as mayor. They were protesting the fact that the plant was manufacturing Gatling guns to fight socialists in Central America.

Jim Condon, now a Democratic state legislator in Vermont, was news director of a local radio station at the time and describes himself as an “old acquaintance” of the senator.

“There were protesters who were unhappy that General Electric was manufacturing Gatling guns at the plant, and so they would lock themselves to the gates and engage in civil disobedience. And so the mayor, Bernie, finally got cops to go in and…