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Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Platform Raises $6 Million Crushes Other Democrats

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According to data compiled by Politico, Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders brought in more than $5.9 million from more than 220,000 donors in the 24 hours since he announced his presidential candidacy, according to his campaign. He easily eclipsed other announced 2020 candidates’ first-day fundraising figures — as well as his own in 2015, when he raked in more than $1.5 million online in the first 24 hours.

Holly Otterbein reported Sanders broke small-dollar fundraising records in his 2016 campaign, and his staff has worked to amass an online media empire, posting more than 1,000 videos on his Facebook and Twitter pages over the past two years.

Another show of his digital strength says Otterbein, the Vermont senator’s announcement video racked up nearly 5.4 million views on Twitter in the first day, more than any other 2020 contender’s formal announcement or exploratory committee video, most of which have been online for weeks.

To put the Socialist candidate’s phenomenal fundraising performance in perspective, according to Ms. Otterbein’s reporting, Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign said it raised $1.5 million in the first 24 hours of her Jan. 21 launch, Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised more than $299,000 online, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who launched her campaign on Feb. 10, raised more than $1 million in her first 48 hours after her announcement.

And let’s be clear about what this means: The Socialist Far Left is the ascendant force in the Democratic Party, and they are mounting a Trump-level challenge to the Democrats’ establishment old guard.

Josh Voorhees, senior writer for Leftwing online magazine Slate, explained the Bernie effect on the Democratic Party this way:

Many of Bernie’s rivals have followed the policy path he set out in 2016 with his insurgent challenge to Clinton, but none can claim to have the same small-donor strength that he does. When the New York Times recently looked at six years of federal election filings from ActBlue, the Democratic Party’s dominant donation-processing platform, they found 2.1 million people had donated online to Sanders during that time period, 87 percent of which gave exclusively to him. His lead on the field is so big that his donor base is the size of all the other potential Democratic hopefuls combined.

These donors are not attracted by his charismatic good looks – which are totally absent – nor are they attracted by his oratorical skills, again absent, what they are attracted to are his Socialist policies and his record of fighting for them.

As Katie McDonough, Senior editor of Far Left Feminist website Jezebel, explained in her article You Don't Have to Like Bernie Sanders to Like Bernie Sanders:

If you support things like Medicare for All, tuition-free college, campaigns funded by small donors rather than wealthy interests, an end to mass incarceration, and reducing a truly staggering level of wealth inequality, then Sanders is the candidate who has fought for those things, often consistently throughout his career, often when no one cared that he was doing it. More importantly, the response to his 2016 campaign also helped galvanize a bottom-up national movement that has—through committed organizing, movement wins, and a new wave of national progressive politicians—remade Democratic politics in the span of just a few years. None of that means Sanders doesn’t need to be pushed left or that you have to find him charming. You don’t have to actually like Bernie Sanders to like what he represents.

The Democratic Party establishment is already worried about Sanders and how far Left his energetic followers have already pushed the Party, but the first serious attack on Sanders came not from establishment Democrats, but from the Hollywood Left, for of all things, the fact that he is white.

Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show and an opinion leader of the Hollywood Left, opened Tuesday’s show with an attack on Sanders, saying, ““The field is also way more diverse this time with multiple women, people of color, the first openly gay major party presidential candidate, but for all that diversity, Bernie Sanders does not believe that hurts his chances…”

Colbert went on to mock Sanders by doing his best Sanders impersonation, and joking: “Yes, like Dr. King, I have a dream. A dream where this diverse nation can come together and be led by an old white guy.”

Senator Bernie Sanders may be “an old white guy” but Colbert wouldn’t be attacking him unless he took his candidacy seriously – and if Colbert is taking Sanders seriously, so should conservatives.

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