“I’m back (…) and I’m more than ready to run the office of the president of the United States,” Senator Bernie Sanders said today to thousands of supporters at his first rally after recovering from a heart attack in which he intervened under the guidance of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).
Sanders, a 78-year-old Democrat, drew ovations from his supporters, 20,000 according to the senator himself, each time he launched each of his electoral promises or lashed out at the country’s richest “1 percent” and the large corporations “that sustain them”.
“I’m more than ready to end elite corruption,” said the Brooklyn-born political veteran, who currently ranks third in the polls to become the Democratic Party’s candidate for next year’s election.
Universal health care, public education, minimum wage of $15 an hour, social housing, parity between men and women are some of the mantras of his campaign, which were welcomed with cheers and shouts of “we will win” by his followers and which his detractors consider “socialist”, “populist” and “radical” proposals.
“Our campaign is not only to get (U.S. President Donald) Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of the country, out of office, but it is to change this country, to create a government and an economy that will work for all of us, not just one percent,” he said at the start of his speech.
A one percent that linked with the military industry, Wall Street companies, pharmaceuticals, big real estate and oil companies.
“They are not going to leave their position without fighting, so I ask you that we have to know if we are willing to fight against this to transform this country,” Sanders told a dedicated audience that he also promised to end the debts of university students.
Also, in search of the Latino vote, he promised that his first executive order at the White House will be to give nationality to undocumented young DACA beneficiaries and their parents.
A total of 690,000 young people, known as “dreamers,” can work and are protected from deportation thanks to this program.
But her real bet on the Latino and youth vote has been the adhesion of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to her campaign and whose intervention triggered the delirium of those present, who received her to the cry of “A-O-C”.
With the inclusion of Ocasio-Cortez, who portrayed Sanders as “my uncle Bernie Sanders,” the veteran politician’s campaign hopes to pick up positions in his electoral career, especially at a time when he has lost ground to his two main opponents, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The young socialist, who has become the leader of her party’s left-wing current and before entering politics in early 2018, was a waitress in a Manhattan bar, also defended the right to free education, a universal social security system and a living wage.
In addition, he called for a transformation to a CO2-free economy, of which he has become its champion.
AOC, along with Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, forms the group known as “The Squad,” which has greatly influenced the progressive wing of the party this year, and has attracted numerous attacks from Trump.
In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, several New York state politicians who were presented as “The New York Brigade” showed their support for Sanders, including Julia Salazar, Jessica Ramos, Luis Sepulveda and Michael Gianaris.
Film director Michael Moore also took to the stage to support veteran Sanders, who before this great test participated last October 15 in the fourth debate between the candidates for the Democratic presidential candidacy in 2020.
“We don’t just need democracy, we need a democratic economy,” Moore said before asserting that Sanders is the person who can achieve that for the United States.
Among the supporters is Ben Nardolilli, who has come from the Brooklyn neighborhood and highlights Sanders’ idea of a North America where everyone is equal.
He also shows her sympathy for Ocasio-Cortez “because she represents the new movement on the left”.
“She is of my generation” and she fights against all the corrupt strata of the Democratic Party, says the young man.
A New Yorker from Queens, Nica Langinger, a volunteer in the Ocasio-Cortez Congressional campaign who wears a T-shirt of the Congresswoman, of Puerto Rican origin, underscores that the support of AOC reinforces the multiracial idea of Sanders’ supporters, who, according to the volunteer, are accused of dragging mostly white university students.