More than 20,000 people braved a winter snowstorm in Brooklyn to witness as Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2020 campaign.
The 77-year old Vermont Senator doubled down on his progressive agenda and maintained his position staunchly to the left of a crowded field of Democratic nominees in his second bid for the U.S. presidency.
Bernie promised to create an economy and government which works for all Americans, and not just the 1 percent:
“The principles of our government will be based on justice: economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice,” the Vermont senator told the cheering crowd at Brooklyn College, which he attended for a year. “I want to welcome you to a campaign which tells the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life that we will no longer tolerate the greed of corporate America and the billionaire class — greed which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.”
Sanders spoke about his family’s immigration story, expanding on his Jewish family’s escape from eastern Europe.
“My father came to this country from Poland at the age of 17, without a nickel in his pocket. Without knowing one word of English. He came to escape the crushing poverty that existed in his community, and to escape widespread anti-Semitism,” Sanders said, adding that after his father immigrated to the U.S., “virtually his entire family there was wiped out by Nazi barbarism.”