SENS. SANDERS AND WARREN AT BOSTON RALLY…

April 1st, 2017

The main event begins at timemark 00:39:32.

Akilah Johnson and Felicia Gans, reporting in Sanders and Warren join to rally faithful supporters for The Boston Globe, write:

It was as if the 2016 campaign never stopped. The cheering crowds were there. There were soaring speeches too, as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont railed against the billionaire class, and demanded health care for all and free college tuition.

Even the presidential primary’s typical weather, a cascade of wet snow, fell outside, unseasonably late.

But this time, by Sanders’ side was Senator Elizabeth Warren—appearing together as two progressive rock stars rallying their faithful Friday evening.

“We believe that democracy is not for sale, that we must overturn Citizens United, we must return this government to the people, and that’s why I wanted to be here with my friend, Bernie Sanders,” Warren called out, as the crowd erupted in chants of “Bernie! Bernie!”

It was as if the 2016 campaign never stopped Friday. The loyal crowds were there. The anti-establishment rhetoric too.

“You can tell the quality of a person by the enemies she makes,’’ Sanders said. “And to her credit, Elizabeth Warren has made some wonderful enemies.’’

Less than a year ago, Warren declined to endorse Sanders’ candidacy, backing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the end.

Sanders talked about the election he—and Democrats—lost last year, as well as the contest that Warren will face in 2018.

The Vermont senator, a self-described democratic socialist who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate, sharply criticized the Democratic Party.

“Trump did not win the presidency. The Democratic Party lost the presidency,” Sanders said during an afternoon discussion moderated by the Globe’s James Pindell at the EMK Institute.

Friday night, amid cheering, whistling, and “Bernie” chants, Sanders proposed a restructuring of the Democratic Party, one he said would be made up of the working class, rather than the “liberal elite.”

“And when we do that, when we transform the Democratic Party, we transform America,” he told a 1,600-person audience at a rally in the Orpheum Theatre.

[snip…]

Sanders called Trump a “fraud,” but he said the president was able to figure out what Democrats could not: Too many Americans are struggling economically and are frustrated, angry, and “living in despair.”

“If you sit home and think Donald Trump won because all of the people who voted for him are racists or sexists or homophobes, I think you got it wrong. What he did is he developed campaign rhetoric and proposals . . . that addressed some of those issues,” he said.

“The only problem is that Donald Trump lied,” Sanders continued. “He told the American people during his campaign one thing, and the day after he was inaugurated he began to move this country in a very different way.”

I’ve only watched the rally once. There were many moments when I wanted to hit pause so that I could take notes of key moments, but I resisted that impulse because I knew that staying in the moment was important. I’m going to re-watch the rally later today and take those notes because I think key moments ought to be given attention.

After you’ve watched, please leave a comment on what you think were the important bits for both sens. Warren and Sanders.

One Response to “SENS. SANDERS AND WARREN AT BOSTON RALLY…”

  1. They should have booked a bigger room. According to the Globe:

    More than 600 people braved the cold, slushy weather to hear Sanders at the EMK Institute. Another 200 watched in overflow rooms.

    Officials at the EMK Institute said there was a wait list of about 1,000 people.

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