In the wake of Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he has suspended his 2020 presidential campaign, the Vermont senator’s most ardent supporters poured out their emotions on social media.
Sanders, the front-runner in February, acknowledged on Wednesday he no longer had a viable path to the Democratic nomination after a string of nominating contest losses to Joe Biden but promised to work with the former vice president to oust President Donald Trump.
“Then together, standing united, we will go forward to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,” he said in a livestreamed speech to supporters from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.
The 78-year-old senator, whose progressive agenda pulled the party sharply to the left, had early success in the Democratic race before losing in South Carolina in late February as moderate Democrats united behind Biden.
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With their dreams of seeing Sanders in the White House shattered, some of the democratic socialist’s most passionate followers on Wednesday vowed not to rally behind the presumptive nominee.
And even more took to Twitter to vent their feelings of betrayal, anguish and confusion.
These Bernie supporters are going through a difficult time. Please check on them make sure they’re okay pic.twitter.com/INO59IHzqs
— Camellia ? (@Camellia_Alexan) April 8, 2020
Pro-life advocate and artist Camellia Alexian even urged sympathy toward Sanders’ supporters “going through a difficult time.”
“Please check on them make sure they’re okay,” she tweeted.
Prominent Sanders supporters in the media, including radical leftist activist Linda Sarsour and controversial feminist journalist Talia Lavin, said they were “heartbroken” by the news.
This right into my veins pic.twitter.com/TPHoAjfJyc
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 8, 2020
Liberal actress Emily Ratajkowski said she felt “hopeless and devastated and powerless” by Sanders’ announcement.
I feel so hopeless and devastated and powerless. #BernieIsOurHope #BernieDropOut
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) April 8, 2020
Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders’ national press secretary, saw a silver lining in the whole affair:
On the plus side, I can drop the “Democratic” from my tweets about why Socialism is good. ?
— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 8, 2020
Many Sanders supporters on Twitter turned to memes to express their agony:
Bernie dropped out hhmuh? Wtf are we gonna do now ? the only two options left is a racist and a rapist wtf?? #fuck2020 pic.twitter.com/UJ1I7tt6zF
— #~?⁷. ??????? ??♡︎ (@RYUJlNSV) April 8, 2020
Others advocated for outright anarchy:
bernie dropped out, time for anarchy, I’m over the system. pic.twitter.com/ta37zCSz3D
— ଘ(੭ˊᵕˋ)੭* ੈ✩ (@bbybrainz) April 8, 2020
Some conservatives, meanwhile, celebrated the pain being felt by their ideological opponents.
What a difference a month makes… #BernieBitches pic.twitter.com/70afTnqfOu
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 9, 2020
The departure of Sanders, the last remaining rival to Biden, sets up a long battle for the White House between the 77-year-old former vice president and Trump, 73, who is seeking a second four-year term in office.
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(Reuters contributed to this report.)