People are in denial. Why?
But underneath the fun, “feeling the Bern” has taken on a double meaning. Sanders’s supporters feel burned. They believe their candidate is the rightful heir to the Democratic nomination, despite Hillary Clinton’s dominance in votes and in the delegate math. They believe the system is stacked against Sanders, and his expected loss in the New York primary on Tuesday just proves the point.
“I just feel like the polls published by the mainstream media sources are basically advertising in disguise,” Daley says. “In, like, six of the last seven elections, Sanders has been way behind in the polls and won by these super surprising margins because they weren’t publishing honest polls. It’s just so exciting that people aren’t falling for it.”
Daley said she’s “very willing to believe” election fraud is influencing the results of the primary. She recalled reading an article that claimed Sanders was winning by 17 percent where voters’ ballots had been counted by hand, and by only 2 percent everywhere else.
That sounded awfully suspicious. “I’m willing to believe it’s possible that more people voted for [Clinton]. But I will not see her nomination as evidence of that,” Daley says. “The primaries are run by the parties, and the parties have decided who to elect.” (Source)
The disconnect also pushes dissenting voices out of the square:
Within minutes of posting a story to Facebook about Chelsea Clinton coming to campaign in Ithaca, Myrick was inundated with dozens of critical comments. “My simple impression is that you are starstruck and your judgment is impaired,” one person said. “Let us know if you can feel your heart when you are in her presence.”
The attacks don’t go unnoticed. Later on Sunday, I stood in line at Ithaca’s organic grocery store — well, one of them, anyway — when I ran into a prominent local official who quietly confided that she can’t wait for the primary to be over. She said she spent her Sunday morning reading through the angry comments on the mayor’s Facebook feed, and admits the experience made her “incredibly anxious.”
“I’m terrified of people here learning I’m voting for Hillary,” she said, casting a furtive glance down an aisle of kombucha teas. “Please don’t use my name. Seriously.”