Progressives, socialists and Bernie Bros are gearing up for war should Joe Biden fall short of his quest to unseat President Trump in Tuesday’s election.
“You would see a complete repudiation of the Democratic establishment as we know it,” said Jabari Brisport, 33, a Democratic Socialist-backed candidate for state Senate expected to easily win a Brooklyn seat next week. “The Democratic establishment is not working for everyday people.”
Brisport said a Biden loss would completely discredit the moderate wing of the party, paving the way for more successful insurgents like himself.
“It’s going to be the mirror image of what happened to the Republican party in the Obama years. You had the tea party, just like progressive insurgents, and then when Obama won a second term the Republican party went haywire on the inside and ate its own,” he said.
Unlike the tea party, a progressive revolution would be “a force for good,” said the true-believer Brisport.
One senior official at a Democratic Political Action Committee was blunter.
“If Biden loses it’s going to be a f–king bloodbath. There’s no other way to put it,” he said. “Heads will roll. It’s going to be ugly.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezMike Segar/Reuters
Progressives hope that any internal strife would also strengthen the hand of some of their brightest congressional stars, like Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is up for re-election in 2022 and there have long been whispers that Ocasio-Cortez may seek to oust him in a primary. Schumer, a New York moderate with close Wall Street ties, is the kind of pol that makes AOC’s lefty base salivate.
“Because of how badly they did with the Impeachment Hoax, AOC will primary Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and win,” Trump predicted in February.
AOC herself has been distinctly coy about the prospect. When asked point blank whether she has designs on Schumer’s seat, the freshman Congresswoman said, “I don’t know.”
Biden was among the least favorite candidates of Progressives during the 2016 primaries, with many openly disparaging him as a has-been with dementia.
After Bernie Sanders stormed to victory in early primaries this time around, Biden managed to consolidate establishment voters for Super Tuesday and beyond after rivals like Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar made strategic withdrawals from the race. Lefties, who still feel cheated from Sanders’ close loss to Hillary Clinton in 2016 remain bitter and have largely gotten behind Biden for practical reasons.
If he blows it, the strife won’t just be internal. On the activist front, insiders say the United States can expect months of unrest if Trump is reelected.
“You’re talking people in the streets refusing to leave. I’m not talking about looting and riots. I’m talking about everyday folks just going out into the streets in protests, like full on people in the streets for months,” Hawk Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, told The Post.
Across the country there have been reports from gun store owners of liberals arming up — many for the first time.
Sen. Chuck SchumerJacquelyn Martin/AP
A senior congressional Democratic insider — who currently thinks the race leans Trump — mocked the big talk, telling The Post progressives would ultimately fall into line with whatever candidate Democrats chose in 2024.
“The notion that they will go harder is a false premise. They’re already going as hard as they can and we keep getting Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden,” the insider said. “I don’t doubt there will be an explosion [if Biden loses] but the problem is the shrapnel never hits anyone.”