Progressive commentator: NYT editorial board endorsement 'even dumber' than expected

Progressive commentator Maximillian Alvarez, a backer of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE (I-Vt.), criticized the New York Times editorial board on Tuesday over its dual endorsement of Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe What to watch in the debate tonight MORE (D-Minn.) in the Democratic Primary.

“Against all odds, The New York Times’s endorsement managed to be even dumber than we were all expecting,” Alvarez, a host of left-leaning podcast Working People, told Hill.TV. “It’s really mind blowing and really I commend them for it.”

“The New York Times just really doesn’t it — they really don’t get the stakes of our political moment,” he added.

Alvarez argued that working class people like himself don’t care about what “this paneled boardroom of elitist dweebs” think.

He instead pointed to endorsements that Sanders has received from National Nurses United, the United Teachers of Los Angeles and American Postal Workers Union of New Hampshire among others. 

“These are the unions that have endorsed Bernie Sanders and I take way more stock in those endorsements than I do in this dog and pony show,” he said.

Over the weekend, the Times broke with convention and endorsed Warren and Klobuchar in an effort to address what it described as the "radical and the realist models" voters are faced with by the 2020 Democratic field.

“If there were ever a time to be open to new ideas, it is now. If there were ever a time to seek stability, now is it,” it wrote. “That’s why we’re endorsing the most effective advocates for each approach. They are Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.”

Both Klobuchar and Warren tweeted in reaction to the editorial endorsement with Klobuchar calling it an “honor” and Warren alluding to a remark she made during the Iowa debate.

“So, I guess @AmyKlobuchar and I are now both undefeated in elections and undefeated in New York Times endorsements!” Warren tweeted.

Warren said in last week’s debate that “the men on this stage have lost 10 elections,” while noting that she and Klobuchar had won all of their elections.

— Tess Bonn