The editorial board for The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, a newspaper in Vermont, is urging Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) not to run for president in 2020.
“Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to,” the editorial board begins in a piece published on Saturday.
The editorial board, which endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, goes on to say that they have more reasons to be concerned than excited about another Sanders run for the White House. It writes about its fears that a Sanders run for president could divide “the well-fractured Democratic Party, and could lead to another split in the 2020 presidential vote.”
“There is too much at stake to take that gamble,” the board continues. “If we are going to maintain a two-party system, the mandate needs to be a clear one. There is strength in numbers, and if anything has been shown in recent years, it is that unless tallies are overwhelming, there can always be questions or challenges raised over what ‘vote totals’ really mean: popular vote vs. Electoral College results.
“For us, this comes down to principle over ego. It is one thing to start a revolution, but at a certain point you need to know when to step out of the way and let others carry the water for you.”
The board adds that Sanders has developed a loyal following because of certain progressive policies he’s championed. But it says that Sanders has become “exhausting” as a candidate and that his personality is “abrasive.”
“He can be dismissive and rude in his arrogance. You are either with Bernie Sanders or you are not,” the board writes, before charging that his “no-nonsense approach” is comparable to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s.
The board notes that “all signs point to another run, even with accusations” that aides working on his last presidential campaign experienced sexism and harassment in 2016.
Sanders, who was a tough challenger to Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, said last week that he was unaware of the accusations at the time.
Sanders is one of many high-profile politicians considering a run for president in 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have all floated the idea of running, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) announced the formation of an exploratory committee last week.
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Sanders and Biden are considered the top Democratic choices to run for president, according to a poll of likely Iowa caucus goers released in December.
Updated at 8:53 p.m.