Bernie Gets Another Big Endorsement But Will It Matter?

Following last week’s Super Tuesday drubbing, Bernie Sanders faces a must-win situation in Michigan or the end of his campaign will be inevitable. 

The former front-runner got a boost over the weekend when he snagged the coveted endorsement of the Reverend Jesse Jackson who delivered his Rainbow Coalition to the socialist. 

Jackson who has long been viewed as a kingmaker in Democrat politics threw his clout behind Sanders on Sunday by calling him the man best suited to deal with the needs of the black community. 

According to a statement from Rev. Jackson:

“A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today.”

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Whether it will matter in what has suddenly become a life or death week for the Sanders campaign remains to be seen – especially now that Joe Biden has locked down the critical black vote. 

Via Politico, “Jesse Jackson backing Sanders”:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson officially endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday and joined the 2020 presidential candidate at his rally in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Concerns have grown about the senator’s ability to connect with black voters, especially as Democrats have begun treating the primary as a two-man race, as well as a progressive-versus-moderate showdown. The Sanders campaign might score the biggest Super Tuesday prize in California, but he lost 10 of the 14 states — including the Southern states — to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Later on today we’re going to have the support, I believe here in Grand Rapids, of Jesse Jackson,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning. “Jesse has been one of the great civil rights leaders in the modern history of this country. He changed American politics.”

Sanders made a similar announcement on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Jackson’s endorsement ensures that Michigan will be a test on whether urban black voters will break for Bernie unlike the key demographic in southern states which unified after South Carolina and are in Biden’s pocket. 

Jackson’s endorsement ensures that Michigan will be a test on whether urban black voters will break for Bernie unlike the key demographic in southern states which unified after South Carolina and are in Biden’s pocket. 

The civil rights activist has joined Bernie in Michigan as a frantic late push is underway to swing the delegate-rich Great Lakes State away from Biden who supported the job killing global trade pacts that decimated the working class there. 

Top Sanders surrogate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invoked Jackson while speaking to a crowd in the college town of Ann Arbor. 

Via The Washington Examiner, “AOC draws parallels between Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders in Michigan”:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared Jesse Jackson’s 1984 stab at the presidency to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s uphill battle against Joe Biden to secure the 2020 Democratic nomination.

“We have a choice to make. In November, we will do everything we can to defeat that margin of despair. The question is, how? Will we defeat it by going back to how things were, or will we defeat it by fighting for working people?” the New York Democrat said in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sunday, drawing a contrast between Sanders and rival Biden.

Ocasio-Cortez, a high-profile supporter of Sanders, introduced the Vermont senator at the University of Michigan, nestled in a must-win state for the 2020 candidate during Tuesday’s round of primaries if he wants to stay in the race for the White House.

During her speech, she reiterated parts of Jackson’s famous “David and Goliath” address, which called for a “new course.” She compared Sanders’s supporters to “David,” while the fossil fuel industry, so-called Big Pharma, and money in politics were examples of “Goliath.”

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Sanders will be hard-pressed to cut into Biden’s lead, especially with the media firmly in the former vice president’s corner and the nomination already all but given to the 77-year-old human gaffe machine. 

Bernie may not have managed to land a single endorsement from an establishment Democrat but he also has earned the blessing of Hanoi Jane Fonda who endorsed him on Friday.  

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