Bernie Sanders visit to Rhode Island was the largest political primary rally in RI, over 7000 people, since JFK. It is worth watching to see what all the excitement was about.
If you have a liberal cause you believe in it is in there, but the difference is that it is not a campaign stunt.
Look how Bernie was so moved by Flint and #BackLivesMatter that he is still talking about it, while Hillary just plays them as part of the campaign and is on to the next wedge issue to play the people.
Nothing is more emblematic in the difference between the challenge to the status quo than a comparison with Hillary’s visit in Central Falls where, with a full delegation of Senators, Congressmen, the Governor etc., they could barely draw 1200 people. Most telling is that they were all there as Clinton claimed “she has been standing with Latino Families in Rhode Island and across the country for her entire career.”
Sanders has a strong record on immigration issues, Warren Gunnels, his senior policy adviser, replied. Sanders supports “comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship for 11 million people today who are living in the shadows,” the senator said in a MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire in February.
He voted for the Dream Act in 2010, which would have legalized immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. He also supported the so-called “Gang of Eight” bill in 2013. This bipartisan legislation created a path for people already in the United States, focused on reducing visa backlogs, and improved work-visa options for low-skilled workers.
Why aren’t the political class being held accountable? The political establishment stood with Clinton giving credence to Clinton’s mischaracterization.
Contrast this with Bernie’s rally at Roger Williams Park on Sunday where actress Shailene Woodley, a guest of Students for Bernie, praised Bernie as a political movement builder in the mold of Martin Luther King and said that she has been making phone calls for Bernie herself.
Here is your choice- back the establishment who will use their office to to help politicians play political tricks, on Latino’s in this case, to get their vote or join the political revolution and help build the better world we know is possible.