Although the stakes for the 2020 general election are monumentally high and support for the eventual Democratic presidential nominee is crucial to getting Trump out of office, Hillary Clinton was revealed this week to harbor such animosity towards Bernie Sanders that she wouldn’t even commit to supporting him if he won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. During the same remarks, she claimed that “nobody likes” Sanders and “nobody wants to work with him.” In response to Clinton’s broadside, the hashtag “#ILikeBernie” promptly trended on Twitter as people posted their support for the Senator and candidate — who is, according to polls like a recent Morning Consult survey, quite literally the most popular Senator in the United States, no matter what Hillary says.
And he has a good chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination. Votes will soon be tallied in Iowa as a kickoff for the state primary season’s home stretch, and he’s on average in a very close second place in polls. And nationally, he’s also in second place, although at that level former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead grows to eight percent.
But Sanders has incredibly large grassroots support from working people around the U.S. The professions donating to him the most include teachers, construction workers, and similar hands-on workers, and the relevance of his resounding 2016 victory in working class areas shouldn’t be missed either.
Hillary Clinton: “Nobody likes him…”
Me: “You mean except for teachers, nurses, farmers, truck drivers, food service workers, construction workers…”
— 🌹 Clark Feels The Bern (@Clarknt67) January 21, 2020
One author — Peter Daou — wrote:
‘#ILikeBernie BECAUSE THE DEM ESTABLISHMENT HAS FAILED TO STOP THE FAR RIGHT. We’ve tried incrementalism, centrism, neoliberalism, & “bipartisanship.” And we have kids in cages, white supremacists in the White House, and people crowdfunding healthcare.’
BECAUSE THE DEM ESTABLISHMENT HAS FAILED TO STOP THE FAR RIGHT.
We've tried incrementalism, centrism, neoliberalism, & "bipartisanship."
And we have kids in cages, white supremacists in the White House, and people crowdfunding healthcare.https://t.co/73uNIBvEAk
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) January 21, 2020
Another Twitter user added, pointing out his record:
‘Bernie has the temperament to be President of the United States. He doesn’t get angry when his “friends” backstab him. He ignores the hate towards him because he knows it’s not about him. So…what makes Bernie angry? When they pick on us! #ILikeBernie’
Bernie has the temperament to be President of the United States.
He doesn’t get angry when his “friends” backstab him. He ignores the hate towards him because he knows it’s not about him.
— Veronica Corrales (@BernieEffect) January 21, 2020
As for Sanders himself, he’s taken the mockery from Clinton in stride. To one reporter, he joked that at least his wife likes him. In a more formal statement, he insisted that his “focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history.”
Check out more Sanders support below…
Imagine being so disliked by millions to the point of losing to Donald Trump yet still having the hubris to say someone else is "unlikable". Hillary Clinton is shockingly tone deaf and still playing victim 4 years later. She will never go away. #ILikeBernie
— Tim Black ™ (@RealTimBlack) January 21, 2020
I like universal public healthcare
I like housing as a human right
I like radical internationalism
I like universal voting rights
I like the Green New Deal
I like free college for all
I like anti-imperialism
I like anti-capitalism
I like ending wars
I like feminism#ILikeBernie
— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) January 21, 2020
I'm feeling a little depressed rn but #ILikeBernie, I really do.
— Medicare for All! (@WaywardWinifred) January 21, 2020
I like Bernie. #ILikeBernie
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) January 21, 2020
Don’t worry Fam, Clinton saying #nobodylikeshim about Bernie is the biggest fn endorsement we could possibly get. Hillary has the anti-Midas touch, everything she comes close to turns to shit. This is no exception.#iLikeBernie
— Thia is with Bernie 🩰😏✌️🔥 (@ThiaBallerina) January 21, 2020
#ILikeBernie because, contrary to what the Dem establishment would have you believe, he has spearheaded an incredibly diverse and powerful movement committed to justice and fairness for everyone, not just the ultra-wealthy elite.#WomenForBernie #NotMeUshttps://t.co/4cCybPEkh4
— Leela Daou (@leeladaou) January 21, 2020
#ILikeBernie because he worked with Amazon & Disney workers to⬆️their wages#ILikeBernie because he worked with IBMers to restore their pensions#ILikeBernie because he worked w/Democrats & Republicans to try & stop the war in Yemen#ILikeBernie because he always fights for us https://t.co/aguG1JlkTl
— Warren Gunnels (@GunnelsWarren) January 21, 2020
As a former Hillary voter in the primaries and in the general, I could not be more proud to tell you guys that switching to Bernie, to integrity has been a highlight of my life. #iLikeBernie
— Dynasty🌹🌺✊🏿 (@DynastyClaire) January 21, 2020
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) January 21, 2020
— Abshir Omar (@AbshirDSM) January 21, 2020
Together we are building a grassroots movement to fight for diplomacy and restraint instead of interventionism.
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) January 21, 2020
#IamNobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one's name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
— Mulcahy for Congress (@aVoice4MA6) January 21, 2020
#ILikeBernie because he stands with working class "nobodies" like me.
— Heidi Sloan (@HeidiSloanForTX) January 21, 2020
At the risk of getting in the middle of it — I like @BernieSanders.
Now let's move on, America.
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) January 21, 2020
Just a selfie from Nobody! pic.twitter.com/KGIyMLfjBj
— Paula Jemming (@JemmingPaula) January 21, 2020
I was active in the streets but jaded by political system that didn’t represent working class people like me.
Bernie inspired me & showed me there is another way!
Without 2016, my voice wouldn’t be heard today.
— Anthony Clark for Congress (@anthonyvclark20) January 21, 2020
— Admirim (@admirim) January 21, 2020
— kayciex (@KaycieDepugh) January 21, 2020
— Rodney Latstetter (@proviewsusa) January 21, 2020
Funny how Democrats claim they are a big tent party when it comes to terrible corporate pro war neoliberals like Amy Klobuchar, but they have no tolerance towards a Democratic Socialist fighting for the working class for 40 years#BernieorBust#ILikeBernie
— Elizabeth Warren is a Joe Manchin Democrat (@FlyThaiMMA) January 21, 2020
After Hillary Clinton said that "no one likes" Bernie Sanders, #ILikeBernie trended to number one on Twitter. Now some supporters are canceling Hulu before her documentary releases in March.
— Cindi P🌹 (@CindiPargressiv) January 21, 2020
Why are Muslim Americans strong supporters of Bernie Sanders?
– He was the first candidate to explicitly condemn Islamophobia
– He visited scores of mosques and met with Muslim leadership
– He appointed visible Muslim leaders to his campaign team in '16 and '20#ILikeBernie
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) January 21, 2020