Bernie Sanders Gets Personal, Highlights Family’s Holocaust History as He Hits the 2020 Campaign Trail

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Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders showed a more personal side as he hit the 2020 campaign trail for the first time on Saturday, describing the struggles of his working class youth and how it helped shape his progressive politics.

At a rally in Brooklyn, near the New York City neighborhood where he grew up in a small, rent-controlled apartment, Sanders contrasted his spare upbringing with Republican President Donald Trump’s privileged youth as the son of a New York real estate developer.

“My experience as a kid, living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values,” Sanders said at a campaign kickoff rally at Brooklyn College, where he once attended classes.

“Unlike Donald Trump, who shut down the government and left 800,000 federal employees without income to pay the bills, I know what it’s like to be in a family that lives paycheck to paycheck,” he said.

The US senator from Vermont rarely talked about his personal history during his first run for the White House in 2016 against eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, focusing almost exclusively on his policy plans to rein in Wall Street and reduce income inequality.

But the new approach for Sanders, the son of a Jewish immigrant from Poland, was a recognition of the need to find a way to stand out in a crowded and diverse field of 2020 Democratic contenders, including five of his fellow senators.

Sanders also did not highlight his Jewish faith during his 2016 run. But in Brooklyn he described his father’s journey to escape poverty and antisemitism, and said his father’s family eventually was “wiped out” by the Nazis.

“As we launch this campaign for president, you deserve to know where I come from — because family history heavily influences the values that we adopt as adults,” Sanders told cheering supporters in Brooklyn.

“Today, I want to welcome you to a campaign which says, loudly and clearly, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred, and lies,” he said.

The first weekend on the campaign trail also signaled Sanders’ emphasis on expanding his support among minority voters, who he struggled to connect with during his 2016 campaign.

On Sunday morning, he will make a quick stop in Selma, Alabama, for events commemorating the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. Later, he will hold a rally at Navy Pier in Chicago, where he graduated from the University of Chicago at the height of the civil rights movement and helped lead student protests against segregated campus housing and schools.

“I did not come from a family that taught me to build a corporate empire through housing discrimination,” he said. “I protested housing discrimination.”

The twin rallies over the weekend also served as a reminder to Democrats of his ability to generate grassroots enthusiasm. During his 2016 campaign, Sanders frequently held big rallies with thousands of supporters, matching Trump’s ability to capture attention and generate large crowds.

Sanders already has shown his fundraising ability this time around, as the campaign said on Tuesday he had raised about $10 million in the first week. But he also has faced new challenges — three of his top media strategists during the 2016 campaign split with Sanders this week over creative differences.

Over the next few weeks, his campaign said, Sanders will travel to states with early nominating contests, including Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada before returning to his hometown of Burlington, Vermont for a formal campaign launch.

by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

{Matzav.com}

13 COMMENTS

  1. He didn’t get really personal

    He tried making the campaign an us against them campaign and then tried to explain why he is “us” and Trump is “them”

  2. A man with no connection to Judaism or the Jewish people, a hater of Israel and a pure communist–absolutely the most abhorrent person for any Jew to vote for- a true danger to America and the Jews who gives aid and comfort to the worst Muslim anti-Semites in congress.

    • And a man without a heart. Sanders, like all (except for 3) Democrats candidates, voted for murdering newborn babies!!! Will anyone, Jew or non-Jew, vote for a murderer leader? If, as they say, murdering newborn babies “are good for the economy”, aren’t they mimicking Hitler’s and the NAZI’s right for bloodshed?

      • You’d be surprised how many people will vote for a “progressive communist “ murderer. Don’t fool yourself

  3. Hey Bernie
    If your mentioning your roots how about digging in and finding out if they are proud of your assimilation to get rid of those very roots. You think your zeide is proud of the shiktze you married? & proud of the goyishe einiklech you produced??????

  4. This rusha’s warped ideology. If I can’t have it I don’t want you to HV it
    Selfish narcissist ego centric socialist what he is feh!!!

  5. HE MARRIED A GOYA.
    THEREFORE HE IS APART FROM TORAH AND JUDAISM LIKE CHUCKIE SHUMER EATING A BACON SANDWICH FOR THE CAMERAS….
    you can say all you want like all liberal socialist communist nut jobs that a jew is a jew is a jew…..
    NO. THATS WHEN THEY ARE IN FRONT OF THE HEAVENLY COURT, THEY WILL BE TRIED AS A JEW SINNING .
    HERE IN THIS WORLD, THEY ARE HERETICS LAUGHING AND MOCKING RABBIS MOCKING RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE MOCKING TORAH AND THE ”ONE” G-D OF ISRAEL AND THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD.
    HASHEM IS CALLED THE G-D OF ISRAEL BECAUSE HASHEM IS REJECTED AND DENIED BY THE REST OF THE WORLD. WHEN they ACCEPT ‘HIM’ THEN ‘HE’ WILL BE THEIR G-D WHO they reject….
    THEN…..AND THEN WE SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE, SHEMA YISRAELI…………..

  6. And this is what his parents died for – leaving over a socialist son who’s married to a goyte and has non-Jewish children and hates Israel?

  7. By marrying out of his faith, he is causing another holocaust. He ended the Jewish continuity by abandoning G-d and marrying a non jew. Bernie is an abomination.

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