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This Meme Reveals the Stark Difference Between Bernie and Hillary

Bernie vs. Hillary memes have conquered the Internet. Time for a fact-check

The Internet is abuzz with Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton memes. But with no sources for any of the claims listed, we decided to do some research and find out just how different the two Democratic Primary front-runners are and if these assertions were factually correct.


Iraq War Authorization:

Sanders- “As a caring Nation, we should do everything we can to prevent the horrible suffering that a war will cause. War must be the last recourse in international relations, not the first.”

Clinton- “ I come to this decision from the perspective of a Senator from New York who has seen all too closely the consequences of last year’s terrible attacks on our nation. In balancing the risks of action versus inaction, I think New Yorkers who have gone through the fires of hell may be more attuned to the risk of not acting. I know that I am.”



Wall Street Bailout (TARP):

Sanders-  “ This bill does not effectively address the issue of oversight because the oversight board members have all been hand picked by the Bush administration. This bill does not effectively deal with the issue of foreclosures and addressing that very serious issue, which is impacting millions of low- and moderate-income Americans in the aggressive, effective way that we should be.”

Clinton- Voted in support of the $800 million tax-payer TARP bailout.



Breaking Up Big Banks:

Sanders- “No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis.  If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.”

Clinton-  She has remained silent on the issue while Alan Blinder, an economist who is advising Mrs. Clinton, said this week that she would not attempt to revive Glass-Steagall.



Patriot Act 2001 and Reauthorization 2006:

Sanders: “I voted against extending the Patriot Act today for the same reason I voted against enacting it in 2001: it gives the government far too much power to spy on innocent United States citizens and provides for very little oversight or disclosure.  While we must aggressively pursue international terrorists and all of those who would do us harm, we must do it in a way that protects the Constitution and the civil liberties which make us proud to be Americans.”

Clinton- Legislative Rolls confirm that Clinton voted for the initial legislation in 2001, as well as the reauthorization in 2006.



Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):

Sanders- Let’s be clear: the TPP is much more than a “free trade” agreement. It is part of a global race to the bottom to boost the profits of large corporations and Wall Street by outsourcing jobs; undercutting worker rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health, food safety and financial laws; and allowing corporations to challenge our laws in international tribunals rather than our own court system. If TPP was such a good deal for America, the administration should have the courage to show the American people exactly what is in this deal, instead of keeping the content of the TPP a secret.”

Clinton- “In a speech in Singapore last week, I laid out America’s expanding economic leadership in the region, from new trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership to stepped-up efforts on behalf of American businesses.”



Death Penalty:

Sanders- “With so much violence already in the world, I just don’t think the state itself should be killing people. I’m against capital punishment.”

Clinton- Clinton hasn’t abandoned her support of capital punishment. But her campaign prefers to emphasize her work on the Innocence Protection Act, a 2004 law that set guidelines for federal prisoners’ access to DNA evidence and provided funding for state DNA testing.”



Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL):

Sanders- “With the scientific community telling us loudly and clearly that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels if we are to combat climate change, it is totally crazy for the Congress to support the production and transportation of some of the dirtiest oil on the planet.”

Clinton- “So as I say, we’ve not yet signed off on it. But we are inclined to do so and we are for several reasons, we’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada.”



Off Shore Drilling:

Sanders- “The United States must learn a profound lesson from the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and make certain we protect our oceans from future disasters and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.”

Clinton- “And I don’t think it is a necessary part of our overall clean-energy climate-change agenda. I will be talking about drilling in general, but I am skeptical about whether we should give the go ahead to drill in the Arctic.”



Top 10 Donors:

Sanders & Clinton- “All told, it’s possible to look at the top donors on the two lists and say both candidates are captive to a particular set of interest groups. Labor is a Democratic constituency whose beliefs generally line up with Democratic policies, and we’re talking about a Democratic primary here. So all things being equal, Sanders’ donor list probably looks better, politically, than Clinton’s,  So the meme is pretty accurate for both candidates. “

Mostly Correct


Super PAC Funds Raised:

Sanders- “I will not have a super PAC

Clinton- Exact amounts are difficult to track as money changes hands every day while disclosures are only filed quarterly but current estimates place her PAC money between$16 Million and $24 Million



Small Donor Contributions:

Sanders- “Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has raised about $15 million since it launched in late April, aides to the campaign told CNN on Thursday.  The aides added that the 400,000 donations came from about 250,000 individual donors. The average donation was $33.51 and 99% of donations were under $250.”

Clinton- “Clinton’s fundraising juggernaut of a campaign for the Democratic nomination, which repeatedly pledged to build “a grassroots-driven organization,” revealed in its FEC report that 67 percent of its field-leading $47 million in primary-election cash came from donors contributing $2,700 or more. Only 18 percent came from donations of $200 or less.”


Personal Net Worth:

Sanders- “Sanders ranks 86th  in the senate with an estimated net worth of $330,507 in 2013.”

Clinton “Bill and Hillary Clinton earned about $30 million over the last 16 months, according to financial disclosures filed with election officials in May.  The bulk of the Clintons’ income came from speaking fees, many of which came at more than $200,000 a pop. The Clintons earned $5 million from Hillary’s Hard Choices book deal, and forms also note a bank account that contains between $5 million and $25 million.”

Conclusion: Meme is mostly correct



James Woods ( AKA – JamesFromTheInternet) is an independent journalist based in New York City who can be reached on twitter @JamesFTInternet or via email: [email protected]

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