You may have never heard of Haim Saban before, but his money has affected you, nonetheless. As one of the single biggest donors to the Democrat Party, Saban is helping shape the politics of this country. This is why his opinions on the Democrats hoping to earn their party’s 2020 presidential nomination matter. His money gives his words clout. This is bad news for Bernie bros (and, by extension, fans of AOC). In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Saban went out of his way to diss Bernie Sanders.
Because Saban is unknown to many, a little background information may be useful. With an estimated worth of $3.2 billion, Haim and his wife Cheryl are the media moguls behind the Power Rangers phenomenon. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Eight years after Saban Entertainment’s inception, he merged the L.A.-based company with Fox Children’s Productions to form Fox Family Worldwide. That joint venture with News Corp. — which included Fox Family Channel, Fox Kids international channels in Europe and Latin America, and Saban Entertainment’s library of 6,500 episodes of animated and other family programs — was sold in 2001 to The Walt Disney Co. for $5.3 billion.
Selling the company to Disney is what launched the couple’s philanthropic organization. As generous supporters of the nation of Israel, the Sabans also donate money to many children’s charities and feminist organizations. As already stated, they’re also counted as one of the biggest donors to the Democrat Party. This fact, THR explains, is, “why all eyes are on who they will back in the 2020 presidential election. After the first debates, they remained undecided.”
They may be undecided about who they’re going to support, but based on Haim Saban’s words, they will never back Bernie Sanders.
“We love all 23 candidates,” Haim says, then pauses. “No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don’t give a hoot. He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately. ‘It’s the billionaire class, the bad guys.’ This is how communists think. So, 22 are great. One is a disaster zone.”
During the 2016 presidential election, a high-level Hill staffer told me that Bernie’s fellow Democrats on the Senate’s Budget Committee can’t stand Sanders. According to my friend, he obstructs their goals because “he doesn’t understand math.”
Add, Bernie Sanders doesn’t understand history nor economics to that. Billionaire Haim Saban understands this and isn’t afraid to publicly say it. For that, even among all our other disagreements with him, conservatives owe Saban a thank you.
The backlash against Bernie Sanders and his socialist version of populism by Saban is bad news for the new socialist flavors of the month like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The power brokers understand that Sanders and AOC’s version of socialism is detrimental to their bank accounts. It’s a small comfort knowing that powerful people like the Sabans are acting to protect the Democrat Party from their worst instincts.