I haven't endorsed #Bernie. I haven't attacked Hillary. I've built bridges to fellow progressives and called for better Dem leadership.
In response, a small group of online Hillary voters has maligned me with the same venom Bernie defenders did in 2016.
This small group of online Hillary voters, whose mantra in 2016 was "Bernie bros are toxic, sexist, malignant haters," are using the identical language against me that they said Bernie defenders used against them. Vicious, personal, and ugly.
When Hillary voters were trolled and harassed, I confronted their attackers. And when many Bernie defenders said they, too, faced online attacks and felt marginalized and maligned, I dismissed them. I genuinely believed THEY were the aggressors.
When younger voters, women, and particularly women of color who supported Bernie said they were being invisibilized, I didn't do enough to heed their concerns. That was wrong and I apologize for being so caught up in the 2016 fight, I didn't listen.
Notably, when I reached out to build bridges to fellow progressives, Bernie voters have been welcoming and eager to work together to fight the right. They have stepped up to defend me even though we fought bitterly in 2016. They've shown integrity.
So a good long look in the mirror is in order for those who spent 2016 claiming Bernie voters were all terrible, horrible trolls, and are now spewing the same rage, smears, and disrespect they said they were on the receiving end of.