- Alyssa Milano called for unity behind Joe Biden.
- But Bernie Sanders supporters bristled when she called them toxic.
- And they pointed out another even more glaring contradiction.
Alyssa Milano drew the ire of Bernie Sanders supporters with a not-quite-so-unifying tweetstorm. The television actress and outspoken political activist had a message for the Bernie Bros. But they were quick to point out Milano blatantly mixed in attacks on them with her plea for unity.
While she offered an olive branch in one hand, pleading for unity behind Joe Biden:
We have a choice here. We can continue with the divisiveness and fear of the ‘other,’ or we can use this moment to hold hands and carry each other through this tragedy…
I’m not your enemy. We are all fighting for the most vulnerable among us. I acknowledge that Sen. Sanders is an amazing public servent and we would be lucky to have him continue in any for of political office.
On the other hand, Alyssa Milano called Bernie Bros toxic:
I don’t believe he can unite the country because his base is toxic.
She even started the thread off comparing them to Trump supporters:
Bernie supporters, a thread for you. I will continue to do what’s right for the people in this country no matter how you attack me. I’m tough. I’ve had 4 years of practice from MAGAs. I know all the tricks and you can’t silence me.
Bernie Sanders supporters were not impressed with Milano’s overtures, which came off as a bit paranoid.
Here’s the full thread:
Bernie Bros Clap Back
While Alyssa Milano characterized her Bernie-backing detractors as toxic, the most-liked reply by a Sanders supporter in the thread was a level-headed critique of Milano.
It disagreed with her, but it wasn’t disrespectful:
Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) pointed out something Milano did that he found disagreeable, but without making any characterizations of it (e.g., “toxic”). And the Bernie Bro offered a practical, policy-based suggestion for how she could help the party.
The “right-wing propaganda site” he’s referring to is Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire. Just hours before tweeting the message to Bernie supporters, Milano tweeted a link to an unflattering Daily Wire story about Bernie Sanders.
Just last October, she described herself as the “polar opposite” of Ben Shapiro and his “hurtful ideology.” And last May, she described Shapiro’s corner of the news ecosystem as “slanted” and implied it wasn’t “real journalism.”
The top tweets on the trending “Alyssa Milano” topic pointed out how contradictory her attack on Bernie’s base was to her posture of conciliation.
What Does Alyssa Milano Really Stand For?
While the Bernie Bros’ most-liked replies and tweets were about this contradiction, one of the most common replies hit on an even more glaring contradiction for Alyssa Milano. They dragged the outspoken #MeToo activist for her silence about Tara Reade, the former Biden staffer who alleges the vice president sexually assaulted her with his hands when he was a senator.
Alyssa Milano had a lot to say about the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh after Christine Blasey Ford alleged he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the early 1980s. In fact, the day after Ford publicized her claims, Milano tweeted the full text of the allegations.
The following day She tweeted:
You can’t pretend to be the party of the American people and then not support a woman who comes forward with her #MeToo story.
She included 22 clap emojis.
It’s been one week since Tara Reade came forward with her accusations about Joe Biden, in a podcast for The Hill TV. So far, Alyssa Milano hasn’t uttered a word about it on Twitter.
Bernie Sanders supporters think partisan politics has made Alyssa Milano toxic to the #MeToo movement she started and advocated for so emphatically since 2017.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.