A progressive blogger was fired Friday for referring to a Hillary Clinton ally as a “scumbag,” igniting a fiery social-media exchange between the two and other high-profile writers who are at odds over the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The comment from Matt Bruenig, who wrote about philosophy and political economy at liberal think tank, Demos, came after a Twitter back-and-forth between Bruenig and Joan Walsh, a writer for The Nation, on a piece Walsh wrote, which is entitled, “Bernie Sanders is hurting himself by playing the victim.”
Walsh tweeted that she rejects “the moral superiority of a coalition led by white men vs. the will of black, brown and female voters” while linking to the article. Bruenig responded directly, arguing that the divide between the two Democratic candidates is “really about old people versus young people.” He accused Walsh of having a “level of animus towards young people. It’s kind of disgusting.”