People have been pointing out for months that it is probably a good idea for 2016 hopeful Bernie Sanders to have Secret Service protection, given the violent proclivities of the Right and their strong stance against their idea of what socialism is, their belief that Sanders is a Communist (largely because they don’t understand that, either), and the likelihood that the rhetoric of conservative media will inspire an armed and insane True Believer to act against him.
According to Fox News’ Ed Henry, Bernie will soon be receiving protection against right-wing Crazies:
The Hill reports that it is “unclear” why Sanders, like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Ben Carson, would receive protection — but it seems to be related to a recent attack on one of his campaign offices. In early January, while Sanders was visiting Las Vegas, Nevada, someone (it is still unknown who) fired a shot through a storefront window at Sanders’ campaign office the same day the candidate was on site.
Sanders does not yet have an assigned code name. The Hill reports that:
Trump’s code name is “mogul,” a nod to his status as a billionaire businessman, while Carson’s is “Eli,” a reference to the Biblical prophet. Clinton goes by “Evergreen.
It is good to see that Sanders will now have the protection he needs and deserves. We live in a time when armed crazies will occupy federal land because they feel they deserve it, when someone will attack a Planned Parenthood office over heavily-edited and falsified videos alleging that the organization sells “baby parts.” This is not the time for someone conservatives consider to be a Communist to go unprotected.
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