Sen. Bernie Sanders is supposedly running for president in 2020. Two sources told Yahoo that he will run with one source reportedly saying, “What the senator has this time that he didn’t have last time is he is the most popular elected official in the country right now. That’s light years away from 2016, when very few people knew who he was.”
An ex-staffer said, “He’s already talking to staff and there are people he’s hiring. They’re nailing down contracts with vendors. … All the movement is there for him to run.”
The “movement” might interpretative considering his hiccups over the past few months.
In case you forgot, Sanders received tons of backlash after an interview with The Daily Beast in which he was referencing Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia. He said, “I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American.”
He later tried to explain. A statement to NPR read, “Sanders’ spokesman insists those remarks were taken out of context.”
Sanders also told NPR, “Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum ran brilliant campaigns. Created enormous excitement at the grassroots level, and were running in states that are tough states for Democrats.” He also said, “There’s no question that in Georgia and in Florida racism has reared its ugly head. And you have candidates who ran against Gillum and ran against Stacey Abrams who were racist and were doing everything they could to try to play whites against blacks. And that is an outrage, and we have got to continue doing everything that we can to fight all forms of racism.”
There is also an unfortunate misuse of a Frederick Douglass quote.
#Bernie2020 is trending on social media. While there are supporters, there are several who are not here for it. See below: