A spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie Sanders came out as a “socialist” — no qualifiers needed — after her boss ended his 2020 presidential campaign.
Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders’ national press secretary, saw a silver lining to democratic socialist Sanders dropping out of the White House race.
We always knew about your Communist agenda.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 8, 2020
“On the plus side, I can drop the ‘Democratic’ from my tweets about why Socialism is good,” Gray tweeted on Wednesday.
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.
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
Gray wasn’t the only Sanders aficionado to vent her feelings on Twitter.
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
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
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.)