Bernie Sanders Begins 2020 Presidential Run

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Priscilla Ziskin, Contributing Writer

As Brooklyn-native Bernie Sanders stared over the crowd of people at his first rally at Brooklyn College on Saturday, he realized that he had created something very special.

The crowd shouted “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” but he paused them.

“No, it isn’t Bernie,” he said. “It’s you!”

A brief but promising 30-minute speech reassured his supporters he is in it to win it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has announced he is running for president again. He has kept the same promises and will keep his main focus on helping the working-class citizens who make up a majority of the country.

Sanders, 77, understands the struggle of middle-class families and immigration, which makes him empathetic to most of his supporters. Living in a family that struggled economically has influenced him greatly in his acceptance of others.

“I learned a great deal about immigration as a child because my father came from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket without knowing a word of English,” Sanders said at the rally. “He came to the United States to escape the crushing poverty that existed in his community and to escape widespread anti-semitism.”

This election will most certainly be different from the last. The independent has an overwhelming amount of support. His campaign raised over $4 million in its first 12 hours.

At first, his ideas seemed undoable and doubtful, but many have begun to happen over time. New Jersey, among other states and companies, has passed the $15 minimum wage bill. Some colleges and universities are becoming tuition-free as well.

Many citizens are tired of having an “old white male” as president. Considering the diverse field of candidates for the 2020 election, Sanders has quite the competition. Most candidates are new to the presidential campaign scene and have different views, which is what the people want to hear.

“We have got to look at candidates not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or gender and not by their age,” Sanders said in an interview with Vermont Public Radio. “I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society that looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”

Taking a stand for the same views he had in the 2016 election could derail him since citizens always want to hear new proposals, but it seems like everyone is eager to see this election develop and where the candidates stand on specific issues.

Sanders has made it obvious he is not fond of President Trump and his decisions. Republicans and even some Democrats do not want a candidate like Sanders running, but the main focus is what the people want.

“Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice,” said Sanders.

Is a democratic socialist what this country needs?

With a small but growing generation of young, socialist-leaning voters, Sanders may have a chance.