Vox has a cool new video up about “The Case for Bernie Sanders”.
If you missed Bernie’s rally in Winston-Salem, here’s the link. Nina is on at the 1:05 mark.
Over 4700 in Richmond this afternoon to see @BernieSanders. A real testament to the hard work of volunteers across the state who have organized for months and months to get to this point. pic.twitter.com/D6gnaLEBSV
— Bill Neidhardt (@BNeidhardt) February 27, 2020
The thousands of people who showed up for a Bernie Sanders rally five days before the Super Tuesday Democratic primaries did not come to size up the presidential candidate.
They were all in for Sanders (I-Vt.), who was trounced in Virginia by Hillary Clinton four years ago, but who was tied for the lead with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg in the most recent poll for this year’s contest.
“I think that this candidate represents the best chance for substantive change that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” said Kristin Reed, 41, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor. “This is really not just an election. This is a movement.”
Also in the crowd was Zhue Azuaje, 27, who works for the American Civil Liberties Union in Richmond. “As a queer, Hispanic, immigrant woman, his campaign has really spoken to me,” she said. “He has such a strong, diverse base.”
Sanders began his remarks by apologizing to those who had to be turned aside from the massive gymnasium in the Arthur Ashe Junior Athletic Center. Campaign officials said the fire marshal estimated that 4,700 attended the event.
“We will defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,” he said, calling President Trump a “pathological liar” who is running a “corrupt administration,” and is “moving this country into an autocratic-type society.”
“Trump, you’re not going to get away with it,” Sanders said to enormous cheers. “We’re going to defeat you.”
As he has throughout his two presidential campaigns, Sanders promised sweeping changes on many fronts, including education, immigration and criminal justice. On the last of those alone, he said he would end mass incarceration, private prisons and the “destructive war on drugs.” He said on his first day in office, he would sign an executive order to legalize marijuana.
His takedown of the health-care and pharmaceutical companies drew claps and cheers, even as he got into the nitty-gritty of what would be provided to Americans.
Though “hearing aids,” “eyeglasses” and “home health care” are not traditional applause lines, each prompted the crowd to erupt.
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Sanders said if young people vote at the same level as those 65 and older, he would “beat Trump in a landslide, we will transform America.”
“So I say to young people here, don’t complain about your student debt, don’t complain about climate change, don’t complain about racism, sexism, homophobia. Your complaints don’t mean anything. What means something is standing up and fighting.”
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