“Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp.” Leaked Email to John Podesta in February

Eric Zuesse

Friendly advice. No mercy.


To: john.podesta@gmail.com 

Date: 2016-02-22 00:09

Subject: Friendly advice. No mercy.

Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp. We can’t start believing our own primary bullshit. This is no time to run the general. Crush him as hard as you can. Other than that, hope all is well and congrats on Nevada!

Sent from my iPhone


That wikileaked email is from Joel Johnson, Managing Director of The Glover Park Group, who was Bill Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications during the 1990s. Salon on November 3rd presented more of his connections to Hillary’s campaign.

Under “Policy Advocacy” listed prominently among his firm’s “Capabilities”, is:

When the conversation is about regulation or legislation

GPG’s Policy Advocacy team helps organizations navigate the world of federal legislation and regulation.

We work with our clients to define their priorities and positions. We use research to create sharp messages and attention-grabbing advertising. We change minds and drive actions on the biggest issues of the day.

We’re experts at shepherding your message through the labyrinth of government. Our lobbyists come from the halls of Congress, the White House and regulatory agencies. …

Our work is often invisible. But the results speak for themselves.

This is how ‘democracy’ works in America (and other corrupt nations). These people are ardent ‘Democrats’. They despise Bernie Sanders. (He’s far too honest — he doesn’t need people like them. But now he’s lying to promote Hillary against Trump. He’s not totally honest. He’s dishonest enough now to work on the side of people such as Joel Johnson.)


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • Jay Kurtz

    Why would Bernie supporters vote Clinton? Because if she wins, his movement will be finished, and she will see to it that it is.

    On the other hand, if Trump wins, Hillary is finished, and Bernie will become the driving force in the Democratic Party, and will crush Trump in 2020.

    I just don’t understand why ANY Bernie supporter would be DUMB ENOUGH to vote for Hillary.

    • gmatch

      There are many reasons not to vote for Hillary. Bernie is a proven fraud and should go away. If Trump wins – the DNC will have to change or it will not survive.

    • Eric Zuesse

      Thank you for making it so clear. Tragically few of Bernie’s voters are that intelligent. They’re more concerned about whether they’ll be isolated from their fellow ‘progressives’ than they are about any ‘movement’ or anything. Appearances are more important to them than is reality.

      • Jay Kurtz

        Well they just got the biggest gift of their life, and they are too flippin’ stupid to know as much. However – mark my words – Michelle Obama will be drafted for 2020, and, like a crack cocaine addict, they will probably go for her hook line and sinker, and F&%$ themselves yet again.

        • ZathrasSquared

          I suspect that the DNC is probably already recycling Clinton 2016 signs with pictures of Chelsea.

  • kimyo

    while we’re talking about podesta emails, what is your interpretation of the following email from podesta re: a 2015 cnbc interview in which sanders stated “When you hustle money like that, you don’t sit in restaurants like this” and “That type of wealth has the potential to isolate you from the reality of the world.”

    podesta: This isn’t in keeping w the agreement. Since we clearly have some leverage, would be good to flag this for him. I could send a signal via Welch–or did you establish a direct line w him?

    my interpretation: you fell for sanders’ schtick like an egg from a tall chicken. he was never for real. you’ve been reporting on wrestlemania 2016 without comprehending that the whole thing is staged.

    you never said a single word about the theft of california, brooklyn and beyond. WHY?

    the word ‘agreement’, that doesn’t raise any red flags for you?

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