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By Malik Hall
Richmond is “ Still Feeling the Bern ” after yesterday’s rally at the Arthur Ashe Center, a fitting venue for the diverse crowd. A headcount of over 4500 was present to hear the Senator and current front runner for the Democratic nomination speak in Richmond before Super Tuesday.
Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.) did not stray from his typical speaking points: ending the social economic disparities that favor the 1%, Medicare for All, supporting renewable energy, ending the drug war, ending student loans and free tuition, improving race relations and ending the status quo of white supremacy, and increasing the minimum wage.
Entering the venue after being introduced by the first Latina in the House of Delegates, Elizabeth Guzman of the 31st district and John Lennon’s “Power to the People” playing as his entrance theme song, Sanders came out swinging at Trump. Sanders named Trump the most dangerous President in the modern history of the United States.
“He is moving this country into an autocratic type society, “Trump you are not going to get away with it, we’re going to defeat you,” said Sanders.
Sanders made it obvious that he will continue to ride the wave of the numerous demographic groups that helped him win Nevada by a landslide.
“This president, in an unprecedented way is trying to divide people up by the color of their skin, where they were born, their sexual orientation, their religion, their gender,” stated Sanders taking note of the diverse crowd in the venue and those who support him. “Donald Trump we are all Americans you will not succeed in dividing us up.
In typical fashion of Sanders, he denounced the pharmaceutical companies and elite class who benefit off the backs of working class American. Sanders expanded on his Medicare for All program stating that it will cover dental care, vision, and home health care. He also touched on ending the “War on Drugs” with emphasis on legalizing marijuana on day one via an executive order. Sanders also stated that he would like for all teachers’ salaries to be at least $60,000 per year alongside his proposal for free tuition.
“Let us have the largest voter turnout in the history of the Virginia primary, let us win here in Virginia, let us win the Virginia, let us win the Democratic Nomination, let us defeat Donald Trump and let us together create an economy and a government that works for all and not just wealthy campaign contributors,” said Sanders before he made his exit.
Sanders will return to Virginia once more before Super Tuesday, touching ground in both Springfield and Virginia Beach on Saturday.
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