I know lots of people that say they are progressive but support capitalism. So, what if I did to them, or candidates like them running now, what they do to Bernie. What if I said, “Oh, you like capitalism, you must have then supported what Pinochet did in Chile.” They would say no, I am for a different type of capitalism, they would probably give some nuance and I would just ignore them. Then, every time they did an interview with a left wing outlet they get asked the same question, over and over again, “Do you support Chile’s Pinochet? Do you want to turn the US into right wing Colombia? You say you support capitalism, and is modern Colombia not led by the far right? Was Chile under Pinochet not capitalist?” And the left media just ignored them time and time again, asking the same questions. It would be obvious that the questions where actually rhetorical, and it would appear to those people to be absurd, because it is.
These questions were rhetorical. A logical person would know not to ask them in that way, cause a logical and a moral person would know that the real scandal was what the US was doing to those countries, not chants in a crowd. And, besides, if strongly critiquing what the US was doing then was “anti-American”, then logically what we were doing to Nicaragua and the right wing fascists we were supported constituted the “pro-American” position. Logically, that seems to be the case.