As we get ready to head into the 2020 election year, those who have chosen to throw their hats into the ring are having certain aspects of their pasts coming back to haunt them. Case in point—Bernie Sanders.
According to a Vermont newspaper, the Bennington Banner, it would seem that Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders once made the claim that a series of domestic bombings in 1976 was actually the work of the US Government, intended for political purposes.
When Sanders initially launched his gubernatorial campaign in 1976 for governor of Vermont, he made the bold suggestion that various government agencies were, in his opinion, behind a string of bombing attempts nationwide.
At that time, Sanders was campaigning and running on the ticket of a Vermont political party he had co-founded, the Liberty Union ticket. Running alongside Sanders at the time w lieutenant governor candidate John Franco, who himself chose to lend credence to Sanders conspiracy theories.
A total of eight letter bombs were mailed to seven different corporations as well as one business executive across a total of four various cities. After investigation of the letters, law enforcement authorities proceeded to arrest two men, Leon Cordell Horton and Ardis Odell Reed, five years later in conjunction with the letter bombs.
Prosecutors at that time alleged that the duo sent the letter bombs in a blatant attempt at money extortion from the corporations. As it would turn out, both men were subsequently found guilty.
The story that the Bennington Banner ran on the letter bombs, as well as other domestic attacks that were similar, are the ones that Sanders and Franco strongly referred to as actually being committed by the United States government itself. The Banner’s story also stated that both candidates fervently denounced the “wave of letter bombings aimed at large corporations.”
Both Sanders and Franco stated that “such terrorism is counterproductive to changing the system,” and accused agencies like the CIA for actually being responsible. Sanders was also quoted in the Banner article as saying “anybody that thinks change is going to come because of bombings or terrorist activity is either extremely stupid, crazy or an agent of the US government.”
Throughout Sander's political career, the one continuing motif is attacking and accusing of US intelligence agencies. He has made such bold claims that the CIA has overthrown many foreign governments and if they wanted would be able to overthrow the US government as well.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is this really the kind of mindset we want in our next US President?