Disingenuous, adjective – not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does
As in, Robert Reich’s newest political video is disingenuous. I still give Reich some credit. He’s an intelligent guy, his videos explaining economics are very clever, he’s got a lot of experience, and I’d like to see him on our side, maybe even as a member of Bernie’s cabinet. But, this is bullshit.
I’m not going to link to it, I don’t want to spread the virus, but basically he says the Democratic nominee should be Warren-Sanders, or Sanders-Warren, and he goes to great efforts to conflate the two, including a hokey composite picture.
He says “Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have most of the grass-roots energy, most of the enthusiasm, and most of the ideas that are critical for winning in 2020.”
You could eliminate the first three words in that sentence, change the have to has and the result is a true statement.
He also cites Medicare for All as something they both support, but really that’s only Bernie, and a refusal to take PAC money, which Warren hasn’t always refused, and won’t always refuse in the future, because she’s said so.
He claims they are both anti-establishment, but Warren stood up and applauded during Trump’s state of the union speech, because she is ‘capitalist to her bones,’ and Bernie did not.
Reich, as I said, is an intelligent, well informed guy. He is aware of these differences between the two, but chooses not to discuss them. Just like in 2016, when he was saying ‘I like Bernie, I like Hillary, too.’
It’s disingenuous. Reich knows better. So, my opinion of him has dropped a bit. He should properly endorse Bernie, or join the other side.