Are you feeling the ‘Bern’ yet?

Bernie Sanders brought the political heat to Minneapolis in one of his campaign rallies.


Antonio Risso

Senator Bernie Sanders boldly proclaimed his hopes should he be elected and spoke against “modern day tyrants” at a campaign rally on Nov. 3 at the University of Minnesota.

Dylan Stage, Reporter

On Nov. 3, the University of Minnesota welcomed a loud and electrictrified crowd onto its campus, where one of Bernie Sanders’s most recent presidential campaign rallies took place.

Due to a higher expected turnout, the event was moved to Williams Arena, a larger venue than the original Northrop Auditorium, which holds more than 14,000 people.

Hamline first-year Raina Meyer was one of the rally’s attendees.

“[The rally had] an energy different from other political rallies I have [attended],” Meyer said. “I felt a huge sense of welcoming and enthusiasm and excitement. I could just feel the energy of those around me.”

The rally served as an outlet for Sanders to discuss his ideas regarding healthcare, education, immigration and climate change.

“As someone who’s been supporting Bernie since 2015, it makes me extremely proud to see how far his ideas have spread and how his political reach and influence has created a mass movement,” Meyer said. “Seeing people unite in a commonplace over those ideas is really special.”

The Vermont Senator was preceded on stage by Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sen. Nina Turner and Attorney General Keith Ellison, all of whom gathered to give their endorsements for Sanders as President.

Sanders co-hosted the rally with Omar, who is known to be one of his biggest endorsers.

“People say that Ilhan and I make an odd political couple. But in fact, there is really nothing odd about it at all,” Sanders said at the rally. “Ilhan and I share a common link as the descendants of families who fled violence and poverty, and who came to this country as immigrants. But that is not just my story or Ilhan’s story. That is the story of America.”

Omar introduced Sanders to the stage after she announced her endorsement to him.

“For a long time, Bernie was under-estimated. His ideals weren’t taken seriously by the establishment because he refused to fall in line and conform to the pressures in Washington,” Omar said. “Bernie Sanders continuously stood for justice and never bowed down to special interests. That’s the resolve we need in a president.”

Sanders touched on many topics throughout the rally.

As President, Sanders said he plans to “fight for every family that cannot afford the health care they need” and “fight for everyone who confronts racism, antisemitism, sexism, religious bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia.”

One University of Minnesota student urged for college affordability during the rally.

“We need to end this cycle of crippling debt for college students who’ve graduated with huge student loans,” Sanders said on the subject. “And we must make college education affordable for everyone, and it should be free.”