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Bernie Supporters Hope for Second Chance

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Monday, 25 Jul 2016 12:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Bernie Sanders supporters are hoping for a second chance fueled by the recent WikiLeaks emails. And they intend on making their voices heard.

Despite Sanders’ doubledowned endorsement of Hillary Clinton after the release of the WikiLeaks emails Sunday, followers of the Vermont senator insist their man has a shot.

At the Microtel Hotel near the Philadelphia airport, Sanders supporters were busily making posters and preparing to march downtown and demand an open vote at the convention.

“Still Sanders” blared a poster drawn by Haylie McSheridan of Seattle, Wash., a Sanders volunteer who is in Philadelphia, she explained, “to support Bernie and push his platform and policies.”

“And I’m here to fight for fairness in the Democratic National Committee,” she added, underscoring the strong dislike Sanders backers have for departing Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, “The next chairman can’t have any ties to the current political establishment.  We can’t have a chairman who puts a finger on the scale for any candidate.”

“I hate the idea of a pre-determined nominee,” said Mack Garney, who works for a family-owned pest control business in Saratoga County, N.Y. “I used to like Hillary, and I voted for her in the 2008 primary. But now she does what everyone [in power] wants. Bernie doesn’t.”

Garney, who plans to march for Sanders on Monday afternoon, added that “I don’t dislike Donald Trump, but I just don’t want him to be president.  It scares me thinking he could have complete control of government.  Let him run his business and host a reality show.”

Bethany Thompson of Tampa, Fla., described herself as “a citizen who votes and who donated money to Bernie Sanders and put up his yard sign. I’m hoping for a miracle in Philadelphia.  The convention should go with the voice of the people.”

When I pointed out that Sanders himself had voiced support of Hillary Clinton, Thompson replied: “If he didn’t endorse Hillary, he would not be able to speak to the convention.  The DNC was against Bernie and that’s another reason we should fight.” 

Speakers scheduled for the convention opening Monday, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and first lady Michelle Obama, were reportedly preparing remarks hailing Clinton and excoriating Republican nominee Donald Trump. But they may be forced to address the emails scandal as protests take center stage. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
 

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