Excitement over Bernie Sanders’ run for the the presidency continues to climb in popularity, as two surprising public figures come out in support of the senator. Nina Turner, former Ohio state senator and minority whip, is among the most surprising of the public figures to suddenly “Feel the Bern,” because Turner has been involved in Clinton’s campaign. She hadn’t formally endorsed Clinton, but she was involved with Clinton’s super PAC, Ready for Hillary.
“Yes, I was out there, ‘ready’ [for Clinton], because I wanted to make sure Democrats were ready,” Turner told Cleveland.com. “I thought it was important to show that Democrats were ready to go right back at it for 2015 and 2016. This has nothing to do with the secretary.”
About Sanders, Turner said, “I’m very attracted by his message and his style and that he has held pretty much strong on his beliefs and the world is catching up with him.”
— POLITICO (@politico) November 13, 2015
Turner formally endorsed Bernie Sanders on Thursday, and next week, she will introduce the presidential-hopeful to Cleveland State University at a rally. Turner’s endorsement could sway many liberal women voters from Clinton’s side.
“Sen. Turner is a star in the Democratic Party. Bernie is very proud to have someone with so much talent and commitment join the grassroots campaign to fix the rigged economy propped up by a corrupt campaign finance system,” Michael Briggs, Bernie Sanders’ communication director, told Politico, while Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager relayed that the campaign was humbled and excited to have Turner’s endorsement.
“She is nationally known as a voice for voting rights, for workers’ rights and for marginalized people. The support of someone with that record of standing up for middle-income and working people is tremendously important,” Weaver told Politico.
On the other end of the spectrum, another public figure who is also very popular with women took to Twitter to show support of Bernie Sanders on his birthday. Ryan Gosling broke one hundred days of Twitter silence to ask his followers for a little birthday gift.
For my birthday… Could you do me a solid and pass this around? https://t.co/EByak8o1Vi
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) November 12, 2015
Though, it should be noted that CNN reported that Gosling did not officially endorse the Vermont senator, but the actor has almost two-million followers, many of whom might not have previously heard Bernie Sanders speak. In the video tweeted by Gosling, Sanders promises to rid the country of “the ugly stain of racism which has existed for far too many years.” Sanders also mentions his own history growing up in a Jewish family, raised by Polish-Jewish immigrants, and a family history of persecution during the Holocaust. Sanders said he was raised in a neighborhood that included many Holocaust survivors, noting that his upbringing inspired him to work diligently for civil rights.
— MO reeder (@Mauricereeder) October 27, 2015
Celebrities who have endorsed Sanders to date, according to The Observer, include Mark Ruffalo, Seth McFarland, Danny Devito, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, and Jeremy Piven.
In other news surrounding Bernie Sanders’ growing support, the 250,000-member American Postal Workers Union has endorsed the Vermont senator.
“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” the APWU President Mark Dimondstein explained of the endorsement. “We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do. Applying that criterion, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country. He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk.”
Dimondstein says that no other candidate, including Clinton, has such a strong track-record for standing with workers, supporting free public education, promoting a universal and free public healthcare system, or advocating for veterans’ benefits.