Supporters of progressive presidential underdog, Bernie Sanders, have taken heed to his words and signed up to run for public office. Almost 7,000 people have signed up just 24 hours after the speech Sanders made during a press release that was featured during a segment of Rachel Maddow on Friday.
In that speech, Sanders urged his supporters to take matters into their own hands in regards to the unfair disadvantage Sanders and his supporters feel he has faced during the 2016 election. This disadvantage includes being completely ignored by network media outlets like MSNBC, who cut off Bernie’s Speech just after he began speaking.
Sanders said this to his supporters:
“We need to start engaging at the local and state level in an unprecedented way. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers helped us make political history during this last year. These are people deeply concerned about the future of our country, and about their own communities. Now, we need many of them to start running for school boards, city councils, county commissions, state legislatures, and Governorships. State and local governments make enormously important decisions and we cannot allow right-wing Republicans to increasingly control them.”
“I hope very much that many of you watching tonight are prepared to engage at that level. Please go to my website at berniesanders.com/win to learn more about how you can effectively run for office or get involved in politics at the local or state level. I have no doubt that with the energy, and enthusiasm, our campaign has shown that we can win significant numbers of local and state elections if people are prepared to become involved. I also hope that people will give serious thought to running for statewide offices and the United States Congress. We need new blood in the political process, and you are that new blood.”
In just 24 hours, at least 6,700 of Sanders’ supporters have done exactly what he has asked by filling out the form on his website that gets them started in the process of running for various branches of public office. This is the first time in history that a presidential candidate has moved a group of Americans to the point that they would begin political careers simply because a candidate asked them to.
The numbers are expected to triple by tomorrow, as Sanders backers take to their local elections offices for any information they can find on joining in on the fight. If you are interested in joining the Sanders Army, click here to sign up to run for pubic office in your hometown.