Local and national supporters rally for Sanders
As of early March 2020, America is right in the middle of the voting season, and with primaries, caucuses, and rallies galore, Colorado is no exception. In the past few weeks, Colorado hosted rallies for Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and more. The Bernie Sanders rally took place at the Colorado Convention Center and was free for all-ages.
The rally not only had Sanders himself speak but included several Bernie-supporting representatives both from Washington D.C. and Colorado, and featured a musical performance by Mike Posner. All speakers encouraged listeners to register to vote before March 3.
Around 11,000 people showed up for the event, and it was quite a diverse crowd. People of all different races, religions, sexual orientations, and social backgrounds came together to listen to Sanders speak, including many families with young children. A large number of older voters attended the rally, despite Sanders’ national supporter base being mostly between 18 and 40 years old, according to a poll done by Politico.
After a couple of hours of music and introductory speeches by government officials who support him, Sanders started off his speech by hinting, “Don’t tell anyone, but I think we’re gonna win here in Colorado!” The rest of his speech discussed his plans after he wins the presidential election, which included single-payer healthcare for all, legalization of marijuana, student loan forgiveness, and taking on corporations and their influence in the government.
It was similar to speeches he’d given at previous rallies, but this time, he was more specific in regard to criticizing his rivals and acknowledging his supporters. Sanders openly criticized candidate Mike Bloomberg, as well as President Donald Trump, specifically pointing out Donald Trump’s claim to be a “friend of the working people” despite giving tax breaks to billionaires and cutting benefits for lower-class Americans. Sanders also took the time to thank his endorsers, specifically naming National Nurses United, and touched on how important union support is to his campaign. He also acknowledged specific groups, such as DACA, and the problems that they have faced. “We’re going to end the demonization of undocumented people. On day one, it’s going to be a very busy day! We’re going to sign an executive order that restores the legal status of the 1.8 million young people and their parents eligible for DACA.”
The crowd was cheerful, earnest, and excited to hear what he had to say. Despite there being a small presence of antagonists, specifically, the far-right neo-fascist organization “Proud Boys” outside the venue, the overall energy of the crowd was positive, friendly, and eager.
Sanders closed his speech and ended the event on an encouraging note: “This campaign is not about Bernie. It’s about us, not me. We are all in this together.” His rally drew a huge crowd and his speech touched on the basic plans and ideas if he becomes elected. With his large number of supporters that came to the rally in Denver, it will be interesting to see how he does in the Colorado Primaries.