Could this be a threat?
Even though Sanders has fallen significantly behind his running mate, Hillary Clinton, his unwavering supporters have secured rally permits in Philadelphia in anticipation for the upcoming July Democratic National Convention.
So far, there are four demonstrations in the works, all of which are supposedly independent of Sanders’ presidential campaign. One of the permits is for a four-day rally at the FDR Park and is expected to have 30,000+ attendees.
The other three events are on a smaller scale with about 2,000 to 3,000 Sanders fans estimated to attend.
However, with the recent chaos at the Nevada Democratic convention by Sanders supporters, some are rightfully fearful about these events. The Nevada State Democratic Party warned that it is possible that these rallies could turn violent after seeing the behavior at last weekend’s Democratic convention in Nevada. Sanders fans were especially rambunctious as they protested the results and loudly booed Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Even supporters themselves are bracing themselves for some chaos in Philly.
Rally organizers have made it clear the violent disruptions are discouraged and will be shut down. “We are marching,” said Bill Taylor, one of the rally organizers. “If you’re planning on coming here with violence in mind, we don’t want you.”
Although there has been speculation that Sanders would soon be cutting his losses and dropping out after laying off hundreds of his campaign staff, Sanders has repeatedly denied this. He has promised to stay in the race until July’s convention.
Clinton only needs 89 more delegate votes to obtain the nomination. She is currently ahead with 2,293 total delegates, while Sanders is behind with only 1,533.
Nonetheless, these hopeful (and perhaps delusional) Sanders enthusiasts see this as so much more than showing support for a potential presidential candidate. “The whole Bernie movement is an ideology. If Bernie wins the nomination, wins the presidency, that would be amazing. But even if Hillary does win the nomination, the movement has already started,” said Steve Okan Layne, one of the upcoming rally organizers.