Feminist activist and writer Eve Ensler—playwright of "The Vagina Monologues" and founder of V Day and One Billion Rising—delivered a riveting endorsement speech for Bernie Sanders in San Jose, California on Sunday, calling him the "best choice for the most vulnerable among us."
"As a feminist and a supporter of women rights, I was initially surprised to find myself supporting an older white man. But we all have many pieces within us. I am anti-imperialist, I'm a feminist, I'm an anti-racist, I'm a pansexual, I'm a climate change activist, I'm a survivor, I'm an artist, and we must rise to challenge, holding and prioritizing all of these moving parts. I believe Bernie Sanders is the best choice for the most vulnerable amongst us," Ensler said to thunderous applause.
"I am standing with Bernie Sanders because he is openly and decidedly anti-imperialist."
She continued, "I have given my life to movements, to building movements, and I think I have finally found the movement I have been waiting for."
With Californians voting in Super Tuesday, Ensler also hit back against the "Bernie Bro" narrative, saying: "And by the way, can we cut this myth of the Bernie Bros. I have never met such beautiful, tender, open-hearted men as I have met in this campaign, and by the way, and by the way, it seems to me, that things are pretty much run by women and particularly, women of color."
Watch a clip (the full speech can be viewed here):
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Eve Ensler, founder of the Vagina Monologues and feminist activist, came out for Bernie Sanders in San Jose pic.twitter.com/T0IskbzuzF— Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) March 2, 2020
The speech received wide applause from people across Twitter:
Listen to what Eve Ensler, the prominent feminist, playwright, author, and lifelong activist had to say about how the progressive movement is fighting for the rights of ALL oppressed people. Speech is at 34:40 https://t.co/ChEsp8TQG0— Allen Wang (@Allnwang) March 2, 2020
My friend Eve Ensler gave a truly EPIC endorsement speech for #Bernie2020 today in San Jose. It was about feminism for the most vulnerable + our planet + more. Shorter clips will come but do yourself a favor and watch the whole thing. It starts at min 21https://t.co/liA29ArSo6— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) March 2, 2020
One of the most powerful endorsements for #BernieSanders from One Billion Rising Founder, Feminist Icon Eve Ensler. If you are on the fence on who to vote for, please watch and share this video. #Vote #BeTheChange #EveEnsler #CAprimary2020 #BernieSanders https://t.co/yie3s5if12 pic.twitter.com/R6IGZVlNEJ— Sandy Fox (@SandyFoxWorld) March 2, 2020