The life of Bernie Sanders
He just won the New Hampshire primary for the second time. This is the story of Bernie Sanders.
A democratic socialist
"I call myself a democratic socialist. At its core is a deep and abiding faith in the American people to peacefully and democratically enact the transformative change that will create shared prosperity, social equality and true freedom for all."
He’s a strong advocate for Medicare for all. Donald Trump called him "Crazy Bernie". Hillary Clinton said: "Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done." This is Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, NY, to Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia
"My father came to this country at the age of 17 from Poland. He came to this country fleeing anti-Semitism and fleeing violence and fleeing terrible, terrible poverty. And he came here, and he never made a lot of money, but he was able to live a quality of life and raise his kids in a way that he never could have done from where he came."
His interest in politics
He said he became interested in politics at a young age after losing multiple relatives in the Holocaust. In 1958, he finished in third place in a race for student body president. By 21, both his parents had died. In 1963, he attended the March on Washington. At 22, he was arrested protesting against school segregation. In 1964, he received a degree in political science from the University of Chicago.
Career as a politician
In 1981, after winning by just 10 votes, he became the mayor of Burlington, Vermont — running as a democratic socialist. At 49, he became the first independent to be elected to Congress in 40 years. In 2007, he became a senator. In 2016, during the presidential campaign, he emphasizes his socialist views while facing Hillary Clinton. Since the election, he has repeatedly gone after Trump and his politics; Although, Trump hasn’t been his only target. On February 19, 2019, he started his second presidential campaign. In this campaign, Sanders’ principal policies are the Green New Deal, Medicare for all and reducing inequality for Americans.