Anonymous, the hacktivist group that declared war on ISIS in the aftermath of the devastating Paris attacks, have announced their preferred candidate for the 2016 U.S. presidential race: Bernie Sanders.
The endorsement takes the form of a list, which gives ten reasons to vote for the self-declared democratic socialist candidate. Anonymous cite Sanders’ support for a new Glass Steagall act, which would prevent commercial banks from participating in investment banking, and Sanders’ desire to break up the big banks. On the latter issue Sanders stands in stark contrast to Republican Donald Trump, who would allow the “too big to fail” banks to retain their massive size.
I do not want to be liked by everybody. There comes a time when you have to take on the establishment and not be part of that establishment.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 23, 2015
Anonymous also praised Sanders for his opposition to the NAFTA and the TPP, which it sees as corrupt trade agreements, Sanders’ stance against overcriminalization, his support for marijuana decriminalization, his opposition to the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, his refusal to degrade minorities or accept money from the rich, and finally, the very reluctance of the media to support Sanders, which Anonymous sees as akin to evidence of Bernie’s worthiness.
“The corporate mainstream media hates Bernie and censors him, attempting to make it look like he endorses Hillary. Trump gets WAY more mainstream coverage than Bernie despite both polling similarly. If you want to choose someone who wasn’t handpicked for you, then Bernie is your best best.”
Anonymous adds that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate that “wasn’t hand-picked for you” — probably a reference to Sanders’ long and successful stint as an Independent and his rise to the status of a serious presidential contender following a campaign that sought grassroots support rather than establishment favors.
Anonymous endorses Bernie "If you want 2 choose someone who wasn’t handpicked 4 you, then Bernie is your best bet. "https://t.co/uAaklopyPD
— Lauren Brillante (@ldbrillante) December 23, 2015
Anonymous is also in the news for declaring a new cyber war on Turkey, due to their belief that Turkey supports ISIS, as reported by RT.
— brainstorm4bernie (@brainstorm4bern) December 23, 2015
Sanders’ campaign is reportedly fundraising better than Obama’s did in 2008, when Obama beat out favorite Hillary Clinton to win the nomination, then the presidency.
“We have received in this campaign 2.3 million individual contributions. Two point three million. And that comes from a hair less than a million people. Almost a million people making contributions. Now, why is this important? Well number one, it’s important because that’s more contributions that have come into a campaign than any campaign in American history up into this point. So Obama did very, very well in both 2008 and 2012, but at this particular point, we are doing better.”
Sanders has accused the media of failing to publicize his campaign even as a groundswell of grassroots support propped him and his team up, beginning in Vermont, where Sanders found his first supporters, and spreading around the country.
I know I have been considered to be very, very radical but on almost every issue that I’m talking about there is vast support among people.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 20, 2015
Sanders has blasted Republican candidate Donald Trump, who earns a whopping 81 minutes of media attention for every 20 seconds enjoyed by Sanders. Sanders called Trump a “pathological liar” after Trump claimed to have seen Muslims celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks against the United States. Trump went on to make a call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
The Democrat characterized Trump’s lying as “extraordinary.”
“I think much of what he says are lies or gross distortions of reality.”
The greed of Wall Street is destroying this economy and is destroying the lives of millions of Americans.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 22, 2015
Does Anonymous have good reason to endorse Bernie Sanders?
[Image courtesy of Anonymous website]