This past Wednesday, Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced that he has raised more than $24 million (or, as Sanders put it, 2.4 billion pennies because “every bit counts”) in campaign donations.
Although still behind in national polls, Sanders is quickly becoming the dark horse among the 2016 presidential hopefuls, thanks in no small part to the strong support he has found on the internet, particularly from the social media accounts of the 18 – 29 year old demographic. .
“I first heard about Bernie Sanders on Facebook,” said third year History major Armin Terwilliger. “I didn’t know who he was or what he was doing or anything, but there was this post with a quote of his, something like ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ And I just think that that’s a really thoughtful and important message to be spreading, especially these days when people are so ignorant of what’s going on in their own country.”
A survey of other students revealed that many similarly support Sanders on the basis of his witty, progressive aphorisms that can be found posted on various walls and boards across the internet. They include:
- It ain’t over till it’s over.
- Brevity is the soul of wit.
- There’s no place like home.
- Let them eat cake.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Life is like a box of chocolates
- You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
- Bros before hoes.
“I think he’s really intelligent and forward-thinking,” said Terwilliger. “He’s like a modern day… what’s his name? The short, peaceful-protest guy who led his country against the British? Bono. He’s like a modern day Bono.”
According to his official campaign website, Sanders will continue to make campaign stops throughout the country following his upcoming crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.