Bernie Sanders showed the power of a liberal message in a red state by drawing 9,200 supporters during a two-day campaign swing through South Carolina.
According to the Sanders campaign, the Democratic candidate drew his biggest crowd of the weekend (3,100) in Charleston, SC. Sanders also drew big crowds in Greenville (2,800), Columbia (2,700) and Sumter, South Carolina (600).
In Charleston, Sanders discussed the need for racial justice reforms, “Racism still remains a much too real part of American society. No one can deny it.”
He also discussed the Charleston church shooting in June, and “the sickness of a man who can walk into a Bible study class in Charleston and then take out a gun and kill nine people. As president of the United States, nobody will fight harder to end institutional racism and to reform our broken criminal justice system.”
Bernie Sanders continues to demonstrate that a). There are liberals in the South, and b). They will turn out to see a liberal candidate talk about the issues. There is a large and growing audience for the populism that Bernie Sanders is spreading.
Sanders is discussing justice and fairness in places that have seen too little of both for too long. Donald Trump filling a football stadium in Alabama by appealing to the worst nature of the Republican Party is not an impressive accomplishment.
What Sen. Sanders is accomplishing is sowing the seeds for real change in this country. The change may or may not come in 2016, but the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is opening new doors and trailblazing towards a better direction for the United States.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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