More young people in Virginia voted for Bernie in 2020 than 2016

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I just did a spreadsheet to show that he got more young votes, here it is.

I took the data for the 2020 Virginia primaries here:

I took the data from the 2016 Virginia primaries here:

Obviously, he still lost, but what it shows is that older people turned out in larger numbers in 2020 and doomed the election. That narrative is hardly discussed by the biased anti-Bernie media, which liked to imply that there were fewer young people who voted. They gaslit people by focusing on the fact that their relative percent of the vote shrank, even though the number of youth voters actually rose slightly. You still encounter those people at r/politics.

I or the spreadsheet software might have made some mistakes so take this with a grain of salt. But if you insert the data into your own spreadsheet I expect you'll find a similar result.

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In 2016 I ran in to Bernie & Jane Sanders on the streets of Philadelphia while protesting outside the DNC; given the news of delegate shenanigans, I have some reflections from that experience.

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In 2016 I volunteered and donated alongside millions of other Berners during our first history-making campaign. I was not a delegate, but I felt called to go to Philadelphia to express my dissatisfaction with other marchers on the streets outside the DNConvention. Given the news today about the DNC and their allies in government removing Bernie from the ballot, giving his delegates away, and otherwise trying to crush our movement, I felt that this story was timely.

I remember those wild days more vividly than most things. Real popular unrest in the streets. Looking around and seeing the throngs of people there, all motivated by a vision of a better world and refusing to be silenced, coming together. It felt like the beginning of a revolutionary time.

I remember I ran in to Bernie & Jane standing on the ground floor just outside city hall. He must have just exited the building because it seemed like no one noticed him, standing maybe 30 feet away. Made eye contact briefly and all I could do was take my hat off to him. I’ll never forget the sadness in his eyes. I think he really felt he let us down.

From that painful moment he and Jane started walking back to their hotel a few blocks away. I didn’t know what to do but followed them from a respectful distance. Over time a few more supporters joined, and before long we had a small crowd that marched with them all the way back.

At the end, Bernie and Jane went inside to rest while we stayed on the street outside, chanting, smiling, meeting each other. I made good friends from that crowd who I continue to organize with today.

What I took away from that experience was that Bernie can only lead us so far, but ultimately the ones who will make change were left standing in the street, filled with renewed courage and ready to make the city shake with our voices. And shake it did.

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If I could’ve voted in 2016, I would’ve voted for Trump. Now that i’m old enough, I know that I will ONLY vote for Bernie Sanders!

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First time i'll be able to vote, and it will probably be the most important vote of my life.

A few years back, a was caught up in "anti-sjw,anti-left,classical liberal" rabithole. Now that I have seen the light, and seen the amazing work that Bernie has done his ENTIRE LIFE, not just during his campaign, I know that I can only trust this person to be president.

I have money but not electronically, only cash. I'm not sure how I can donate to Bernie's campaign, especially anonymously as my parents are conservative trumpers and i'd rather not recieve a mail to my house about any contributions I make to Bernie's campaign. Any ways around that?

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I voted for Trump in 2016. I will be voting for Bernie in 2020.

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Hello, all. I just wanted to share my story in hopes that it will help inspire you. I am a new Bernie supporter (well, I have supported him since the beginning of this run, so around February.) I used to have extremely right-wing beliefs due to being raised in a conservative family living in a VERY conservative state. I still held this ideology in 2016 when I voted for the worst President in the history of the United States. I was completely brainwashed by my family and friends, along with Fox News and other conservative media outlets that I would listen to.

In 2018, I started college late at the age of 25. I couldn't find any good jobs that paid well, so I decided to go to school and get an education. In my second semester, I took a political science class with a very good professor. While he didn't tell us what his core beliefs were, he did encourage us to be open-minded and view all of the facts about each ideology. This was the catalyst that led me to begin listening to people on the other side. Even though I was deeply rooted in conservative ideology, I decided to try and figure out why people feel differently than I do.

I eventually came across Kyle Kulinski on YouTube, and after watching a few of his videos, I was shocked to find some viewpoints that I could get on board with. For example, I have always been for marijuana legalization, so I started watching some of his videos talking about it. Since I had watched some of his videos, YouTube began recommending me more and more of them. After about a year of listening to the arguments of Kyle and other YouTube political channels, I discovered that I had become a full-on progressive.

Medicare For All was the big issue that really led me into it. I see all kinds of people in my state suffering from medical debt and not going to the doctor when they really need to. And most of these people vote for politicians who don't want to help them with that aspect of their lives but make it even worse. I eventually realized that free college would be a great equalizer to allow everyone to have a shot at a decent education to get jobs, and eventually, I started understanding why all of these policies that Bernie has been fighting for makes sense.

Now it is my mission to try and convert as many people around me to vote for Bernie as possible. I have fortunately convinced a few of my family members and friends, but my parents are absolutely disgusted with me. They can't believe the 180 that I've pulled off, and when I try to explain why they just ignore it because they honestly can't seem to come up with a good argument against progressive policies. They at least admit that Bernie is an honest candidate, so that's something I guess. I just hate that they want to vote against their own interests.

I am deeply ashamed that I ever voted for Donald Trump, but I hope that we can all fight for Bernie and get him into the White House in 2021. Even though he won't get any electoral votes from my extremely red state, he will fight for us! LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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Feel the Burn Video from 2016

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Hi! I remember watching a video before the last election hyping up Bernie, and specifically, there was someone saying something along the lines of "I can find pictures of him handcuffed to a black man, I know he supports me" or something similar. This is in reference to this picture which was also shown in the video. It was spoken with a lot of passion/energy. I remember really liking this video, which was probably around 3-5 minutes long. If anyone can help me find this video, I would love to send it to some family members haha. Thanks for any help 🙂

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Why I, a Bernie 2016 supporter who has been uncommitted in this primary until recently, think it’s important we remain positive and act with integrity

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A year ago I didn't even know if I wanted to get involved in the Democratic primary, or who I would support. I supported and even campaigned for Bernie in 2016, but I wasn't terribly excited for his campaign last year. To be frank, the radical and/or extremely negative Bernie supporters really turned me off. And no, please don't drop the "russians/bots" excuse. I was there in 2016, finding myself slinging mud at Hillary because I was so worked up. I know plenty of it comes from real supporters. But I digress.

Early in 2019, Mayor Pete felt refreshing. He talked about democratic reform more than any candidate, he could talk off the cuff about a lot of issues that other candidates were less willing to, and he had a calm demeanor and articulate speaking voice that felt very Presidential. Eventually, he showed his colors when his campaign started losing steam and he needed ways to build it back up, largely by attacking other candidates, as well as finding new sources of funding (spoilers: not small donors).

Around the time that Pete was coming down, Warren was hitting her stride. She had a great progressive message, came at a more compassionate angle than Bernie, and just felt like a very well-rounded candidate. I've always been fond of her, so I was getting very excited for her instead of Pete. Eventually, she showed her colors when her campaign started losing steam, first by backing off on some of her progressive positions, and now by feeding into this awful smear "leaked" by her staffers.

For the last few weeks I haven't actually been "feeling the Bern" but instead remembering why I had felt it in the first place back in 2015: there's simply no one else. Bernie isn't perfect, no one is, but the dude has more integrity than any other politician, just, like, period. His consistency is unrivaled for someone who has been in politics for this long. So if you give me a "he said, she said" involving Bernie, the answer is always gonna be Bernie.

The claim is so ludicrous that it's dead on arrival to me without any evidence, but I also don't want to have to call Warren a liar. I think she would make a great President, and you can dig through my history–I think if she had run in 2016 she would actually be President right now and I would have loved to have voted for her. But she's just not as honest and consistent as Bernie. No one is. People like him aren't meant to survive the corrupt political system that has pervaded this country.

It's not a coincidence that in the span of a week, Trump tweets about "crazy Bernie's" surge, the media suddenly starts spamming stories about him (both good and bad, but by this point, mostly bad), and Warren chooses not to take the high road but instead double-down on a claim that can't be proven to be true and would be insanely out of character for Bernie to say.

What's truly disappointing is how so many people with different views and in different positions of power all fear the popularity of someone who has such an unapologetically positive message. I'm just tired of all of the negativity. I implore all of you to be positive. Don't attack people. We can see no matter how positive these other campaigns started out, they all went negative when they start to struggle. DON'T fall into that trap. Be better.

If Bernie wins it will be because WE helped convince a majority of the party and a majority of the country that Bernie represents them. Negativity won't change people's minds. Remember that every time you engage with someone.

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