Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has virtually zero chance of becoming the Democratic presidential nominee (unless of course the FBI decides to lock Hillary up), but that hasn’t stopped the incorrigible socialist from asking his supporters for money to fly nearly 2,000 delegates to the Democratic convention beginning July 25th.
“Our campaign has earned the right to send almost 1,900 delegates to vote on these important issues, but many of them are working folks and the costs of attending the convention are too high,” said Sanders, asking donors for a modest $2.70 to fund his convention plans.
“We have some 1,900 delegates who are going to be coming to Philadelphia, and those delegates, without exception, are going to stand up and fight to make sure that the working class has a voice in this country, that government listens to them, that we end a corrupt campaign finance system,” he said to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. When the Democratic Party platform draft hits the floor, the socialist’s top priorities will be:
• Fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage
• Opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership
• Banning fracking
“Our power comes from a simple, timeless truth: that when people stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. And I know that if we continue to fight to get all of our sisters and brothers to Philadelphia next month, we are going to transform the Democratic Party.”
The TPP is one of the biggest reasons that Sanders has refused to endorse Hillary Clinton (although he has promised to vote for her).
Meanwhile, in response to the recent “Brexit” vote, Sanders argues that a populist revolt could happen in the United States too:
“It’s not just the British who are suffering. That increasingly globalized economy, established and maintained by the world’s economic elite, is failing people everywhere. Incredibly, the wealthiest 62 people on this planet own as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population – around 3.6 billion people …The very, very rich enjoy unimaginable luxury while billions of people endure abject poverty, unemployment, and inadequate healthcare, education, housing, and drinking water. Could this rejection of the current form of the global economy happen in the US? You bet it could.”