It must be noted that diehard Hillary fans are deeply mired in the muck of Identity Politics. The defenders of the Establishment and Hillary Clinton always use personal smears when “punching left.” They dare not oppose Bernie or any other real progressive on policy, because that would expose their own corruption. Yes, Hillary did literally shout that Single Payer would “never, EVER happen” and yes, that did put her at odds with 81% of Democrats (not to mention FDR, Truman, etc.), but this is something that most establishment Democrats will not want to bring up when attacking Bernie. They prefer to attack Single Payer on the basis of “I support it in theory but it is just not practical or affordable now” (translation: “The Republicans won’t let us.”).
Clinton supporters have almost a cult-like fixation on Hillary as a person, her CV, her personal story, the religious belief that she was indeed “the most qualified candidate ever to run for President.” It was and remains all about HER.
Hillary supporters thus think that they can nullify the progressive revolt they face by denigrating what they consider to be its “leader”. Get rid of Bernie, they think, and the movement for change and reform within the Democratic Party will wither and die.
They are wrong.
How to argue against a Tr🍩ll smearing Bernie ad hominem
When the etsablishment Dems and MSM start goiung after Bernie as a “horrible person” just ask them which policy they disagree with. Insist that they be specific.
If that doesn’t work, then ask them what specifcally about Bernie makes him such a horrible person. Again, insist that they be specific. The odds are that I have a good comeback/response here.