It's not unlike the way a wife beater treats his victim.
As Paul Street catalogs in his CounterPunch essay, Sanders and his backers have been abused time and time again, whether it's the structural hurdles inherent in the Democratic (oh, the irony) Party nominating process or the continual voter fraud in primary after primary.
Then there's the ongoing dismissal of Sanders by most of the pro-Clinton pigs at the trough who pass for journalists. But since Sanders has proven to be a viable alternative who won't go away, the press has ratcheted up its propaganda for Clinton.
Increasingly, demands by Sanders supporters for simple fair play are twisted into portrayals of thuggish mobs.
Take the recent Nevada caucus.
Sanders supporters were understandably outraged by yet another Clinton manipulation of the process to cheat her rival of a victory, But the nation's press, from the New York Times on down, unleashed an onslaught of reports comparing Sanders' supporters to violent brownshirts. (An alternative take.)
At the same time, seeds are already being planted about how, if Clinton loses to Donald Trump, it will be because Sanders has supposedly ripped the Democratic unity apart
So if Clinton ends up losing to Trump in November, it won't be her fault.
It won't be because she's been caught in lie after lie from the e-mails to the constant flip-flopping.
It won't be because she will have run another incompetent campaign despite having millions at her disposal from her corporate and Wall Street backers.
And despite having one of the biggest buffoons in political history as her Republican opponents.
No, it will be Bernie Sanders' fault.
Again, reminds me of a wife beater who complains when his victim stops pretending everything is fine.
It's not Hillary's fault.
It never is.