Barney Frank is the latest progressive hero targeted by the Sanders campaign and/or his supporters. The list is long and includes some of the leading voices in the progressive movement.

Barney Frank, Planned Parenthood, Dolores Huerta, John Lewis, Human Rights Campaign, Paul Krugman, Elizabeth Warren, Gloria Steinem, Barbara Boxer… the list goes on.

At some point in the 2016 campaign, each of these individuals and organizations has incurred the wrath of Bernie, his surrogates or supporters. That these progressive icons should endure insults and attacks for supporting Hillary — or not endorsing Bernie — is a travesty.

The latest target is Barney Frank.

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Bernie’s campaign has become a slow motion exercise in self-destruction. He may think he’s harming Hillary; he may think his reputation isn’t being damaged by his reckless actions. He couldn’t be more mistaken.

Hillary has withstood so much more than what Bernie can ever dish out. She will be the Democratic nominee. Bernie can keep flailing away, claiming the system is “rigged” and trying to upend the Democratic convention.

Either way, Hillary will get past anything he and Donald throw at her.

In a moment of candor, Bernie admitted he’d “put his money” on Hillary to win in November (video below). So why not just focus all his fire on Donald instead of attacking progressive stalwarts like Barney Frank?

UPDATE: “Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders’ request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party’s summer convention.”

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