Bernie Sanders drew the biggest crowd of the 2016 campaign as 11,000 supporters came out to hear him in red state Arizona.
According to the Sanders campaign:
A crowd of more than 11,000 people, according to Phoenix Convention Center officials, jammed a sprawling exhibit hall to see the senator from Vermont.
“This is the largest turnout…” Sanders said before the roar of the audience drowned out the rest of the sentence with cheers.
“Somebody told me Arizona is a conservative state. Somebody told me the people here are giving up on the political process. That’s not what I see here tonight.” Sanders told the audience in Arizona, a state that has voted for Republican presidential nominees in all but one of the past 10 national elections.
“Progressives will never win unless we plant a flag in these states. The Democratic Party cannot abdicate and surrender half the states in the country.”
The crowd that Sanders drew was nearly three times bigger than the audience for Donald Trump last weekend. Trump is claiming that 10,000-20,000 were at his event. In reality, local officials confirmed that the doors were closed when attendance reached 4,169.
Tens of thousands are turning out to see Bernie Sanders because they believe in his message of fighting back against the billionaires. Sanders was correct. Democrats must campaign nationally. There is an audience in every state for the message of taking our government back from the billionaires.
Bernie Sanders is taking the fight to Republicans on their own red state turf, and tens of thousands are joining him as the populist fever is spreading nationwide.