“Trump wants to play this ridiculous ‘Gotcha, you and Bernie disagree!’ game as if the entire primary didn’t happen,” said Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, an activist group that recruited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and backed Sanders in the 2020 primary. “I think Biden could have tried to articulate his actual policy positions and what he wants to get done. But it was hard to articulate anything in that debate.”

Shahid said the progressive movement’s role is to “elect a president closer to your views” and “broaden the scope of what’s considered politically possible” with a mix of protest and pressure…

“I am not upset with Biden,” said Brian Fallon, a veteran Democratic operative who now runs Demand Justice, a group fighting for a more progressive judiciary and Supreme Court. He said he interpreted Biden’s nonanswer on whether he’d support adding Supreme Court seats as a sign that it was “on the table” if he’s elected president…

Ben Wessel, the executive director of the youth-focused progressive advocacy group NextGen America, dismissed the “noise” around Biden’s Green New Deal remarks, and instead praised Biden’s plan for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035.