Bernie Returns to Chicago to Launch 2020 Campaign

Dwayne Harmon
March 6, 2019

The first was held at Brooklyn College in New York City Saturday afternoon, also attended by many thousands. "And that is something I will never forget".

He talked about the "three-and-a-half room, rent-controlled apartment" his parents and brother shared in Flatbush, not far from here in Brooklyn.

"It's his journey to this moment that makes me trust this man with our future", said King, who noted Sanders' father narrowly escaped the Holocaust while his two uncles an aunt and cousin didn't make it.

"I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers, 'You're fired, '" Sanders said, turning Trump's tagline from "The Apprentice" into a class cudgel.

In January of this year, Sanders said it was "absurd" for Republicans to introduce as the Senate's first bill of this Congress legislation that would protect states that penalize Israel boycotters.

Sanders said his struggle was not "just about defeating Donald Trump" but to trounce crony capitalism by taking on the "incredibly powerful institutions that control the economic and political life of our country".

He had begun his 2016 campaign in Vermont, which he has represented in the Senate for almost two decades.

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The Chicago speech Sunday evening marks the 77-year-old Sanders's second attempt at winning the Democratic nomination for president, after he won 23 primaries in the 2016 campaign. Democrats have been mobilized by the election of Trump and are seeking a standard-bearer who can oust him from office. "Do you think you'll do the same?" asked The View's Meghan McCain. "We've gotta keep our focus on how we're going to win in 2020".

Sanders said he will not be weighing on the Chicago mayoral race, despite having the support of some local progressive candidates, including U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

"Have we made progress in civil rights in this country since the early 1960s when I lived here?"

Matthew Smith, a resident of Chicago who came representing the group Socialist Alternative, told The Maroon after the rally, "People are getting excited about we're out here talking to people about how we can build the biggest fight back possible, to get Bernie in, to get Trump out, and push Bernie forward". Bernie Sanders of Vermont is making Brooklyn the official launch site of his second run for the White House.

As the crowd waited for Sanders to speak, the Thompson Community Singers gospel choir sang while its director called out to the crowd to repeat and sing the words, "We love you Bernie!" "My years here in Chicago gave me the opportunity to become involved with the civil rights movement, with the labor movement, in the peace movement [against the Vietnam War], and in electoral politics". I hope to be the Democratic nominee and have the support of the whole Democratic Party behind me.

As he began his speech, Sanders himself hinted at how he sees the race, a campaign that runs beyond the battlegrounds. He regularly describes the President as a "racist and xenophobe", and once again in Brooklyn warned against allowing "Trump and his friends to divide us up".

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