Skip to main content

Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Bernie's Back rally at Queensbridge Park in October.

Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a Bernie's Back rally at Queensbridge Park in October. (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

'Not Me, Us': In Iowa Home Stretch, Sanders Focuses on Movement That Brought Him Here

"If we stand together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish."

Eoin Higgins

Days before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, as attacks intensified from right-wing Democrats desperate to stop him from getting the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders stuck to the same message he's been pushing for months: "Not me, us."

"Our job is to give people hope," Sanders tweeted Saturday. "If we stand together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish."

Sanders celebrated two big endorsements on Friday—from youth-led Zero Hour Movement and the Muslim Caucus of America. 

By prioritizing the climate crisis, said Zero Hour co-founder and executive director Jaime Margolin, Sanders earned the group's endorsement.

"You don't have to convince [Bernie] and you don't have to beg him to make common sense decisions," said Margolin. "He just does. And it's obvious, it comes naturally to him."

The Muslim Caucus cited Sanders' history of standing up for marginalized communities and working Americans as crucial to the group's decision to back him.

"We believe that Senator Sanders is the best candidate to lead the much-needed political revolution to put American values back on track and American leadership back on the globe," the caucus said in a statement.

The Iowa caucuses will be held Monday night across the state. Sanders has led in recent polling, but the campaign is not taking anything for granted.

The senator has been largely absent from Iowa in the last two weeks as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump—who Sanders would likely face in a general election contest—forces the senator to be in Washington. But the multiracial, diverse movement behind the senator's campaign has stayed busy on the ground.

The campaign is pulling out all the stops to get the vote out in Iowa, calling on surrogates like filmmaker Michael Moore, former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, rock band Bon Iver, and Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) to spread out across the state and get out the vote. 

Tlaib was the center of controversy after video of her booing the mention of comments from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disparaging Sanders went viral Friday night, prompting calls for an apology from people in the Clinton orbit. 

Clinton has attacked Sanders in recent weeks as the senator has risen in the polls nationally and in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done," Clinton said of Sanders in footage aired on January 21. "He was a career politician."

Sanders is one of the most popular politicians in the country and the most popular senator in the U.S. among constituents.

The attacks coincide with the release of Clinton's Hulu documentary "Hillary," which airs on March 6.

Tlaib issued a statement on Saturday calling for Democrats to look forward in unity to the election and not to allow those opposed to progressive politics to get under the skin of Sanders supporters.

"I will continue to strive to come from a place of love and not react in the same way of those who are against what we are building in this country," said Tlaib. "This is about building a just and equitable future for my two boys, children across the country, and future generations."

The Sanders campaign appeared ready to move on Saturday, with press secretary Briahna Joy Gray asking supporters and volunteers to stay the course. 

"We are powerful," tweeted Gray. "We can do this."

"Let's let them know what this is all about."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Tlaib Leads Call for Biden to Take 'Commonsense Steps' to Aid Afghan Evacuees

"Our country has long offered shelter to those seeking refuge from catastrophe. Now is the time to continue that tradition and stand beside Afghan evacuees in need."

Jessica Corbett ·

'Huge Win': Green Groups Applaud Biden Move to Protect Minnesota Watershed

"You don't allow America's most toxic industry next to America's most popular wilderness," said one environmental campaigner.

Brett Wilkins ·

Taking Aim at Predatory Equity Firms, Warren Leads Bill to 'Stop Wall Street Looting'

"Now is the time," asserted Sen. Bernie Sanders, "to end Wall Street's greed, protect workers, and create an economy that works for everyone, not just the 1%."

Brett Wilkins ·

Arizona Groups Demand Sinema 'Stop Obstructing' on Medicare Expansion

The diverse coalition called on the Democratic senator to back "bold drug pricing reform" and "critical improvements to Medicare's coverage" in the reconciliation package.

Jessica Corbett ·

'Should Be a No-Brainer': Biden Pushed to Back Long-Term Child Tax Credit Extension

"Putting money in the pockets of those who need it most is good for the children and families receiving it, good for local businesses, and helps protect this fragile economic recovery."

Julia Conley ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo