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When Bernie Sanders makes a speech like that, you know things are bad

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“The price of failure is just too great to imagine”: so ended Bernie Sanders’ speech at the end of the first day of the Democratic National Convention. It was a subdued moment during a subdued event replete with references to coronavirus; at one point, the faces of Americans who have died of Covid-19 in the US this year faded on and off the screens of everyone tuning in, “in memoriam”. “This is not normal and we should never treat it like it is,” Sanders said in the penultimate speech of the night before handing over to Michelle Obama, adding that “I and my family know the insidious way authoritarianism destroys democracy”.

Looking back on Sanders’ DNC speech in 2016 when he officially endorsed Hillary Clinton — a speech which didn’t stop his supporters protesting for hours outside the official perimeter — is telling. “If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,” he said back........

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