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Bernie Sanders Announces He’s Running For President Again And People Have Strong Feelings

It’s official: Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and Democratic primary runner-up, has joined the 2020 presidential race.

That’s thrown people into quite an uproar. In fact, Sanders has already received criticism for saying on Vermont Public Radio, in response to a question about whether he felt he represented the current Democratic Party:

“We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”

Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress tweeted, “At a time where folks feel under attack because of who they are, saying race or gender or sexual orientation or identity doesn’t matter is not off, it’s simply wrong.”

News that Sanders is joining the race provoked strong reactions from Democrats, some die-hard supporters who are ready to campaign for him and others who think he shouldn’t run, plus everything in between.

Some people pointed out that Sanders seems to be held to a different standard than Hillary Clinton.

A lot of people feel that Sanders didn’t read the room when it comes to diversity and identity politics.

Many people aren’t looking forward to being trolled by Bernie Bros for the next however many years.

People also pointed out the racist and misogynistic behavior of some of his supporters.

There’s also the issue of his stance on gun control.

But there are also a lot of people who supported Bernie during his first run, who are happy to do so again.

And some people came just for the jokes.

Well, like it or not, Bernie is in the race. And his campaign managed to earn more than a million dollars in less than 4 hours.

h/t New York Times

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Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.