Cornel West is one of Bernie Sanders’s top surrogates. Appearing on CNN, he took a direct shot at Hillary Clinton’s character, perpetuating a deplorable rightwing attack against her:
“How many politicians do we know have genuine integrity. You can count them on your hand, and Hillary Clinton is not one of them. She’s not one of them, brother.”
I’ve argued that when Bernie veered sharply from his positive message and embraced the Wall Street dog whistle impugning Hillary’s integrity, he began to degrade his own image, not hers.
Hillary’s core negative frame against Bernie is that he is a one-issue candidate and that his proposals are unrealistic. His core negative frame against her is that she’s corrupt.
You tell me which one is fair.