Despite the calls for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race, he remains committed to his vow to stay in it until the end. To prove his tenacious grit, his campaign has set up its California headquarters in star-studded Hollywood.
Following Sanders’ loss in New York, where hundreds of thousands of people reported that they were kicked off the voting rolls, the Sanders campaign trudged ahead. The Hollywood headquarters opened with hundreds of supporters celebrating.
About 300 people came through, picking up campaign paraphernalia to show their support of the Vermont senator. According to ABC News, the Sanders Hollywood office will help people register to vote, plan campaign events around the Los Angeles area, and rally volunteers to canvass for Bernie.
Michael Ceraso, the state director of Bernie 2016, talked about how the Hollywood office will provide outreach and support for Sanders.
“Los Angeles has a lot of support — a lot of Bernie support here. We really wanted to tap into that and say, ‘How can we bring folks together?'”
Despite upcoming primary contests in five states on April 26, California remains the big prize; the state has a total of 475 delegates at stake on June 7. CBS News reports that as of April 21, Clinton’s national lead among primary voters is 52 percent to Sanders’ 40 percent. On Tuesday, a total of 462 delegates — including superdelegates — are up for grabs in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware.
After coming off a series of decisive losses in western states — especially Washington — the Clinton camp and its supporters inexplicably have called on Sanders to throw in the towel and give up. The calls for him to end his campaign only got louder after his loss in New York.
Sanders is currently in the Northeast campaigning in Maryland and Pennsylvania in the hopes of convincing more voters to join his political revolution. In Baltimore Saturday, he spoke to a rally of more than 6,600 people. On Friday, he energized a crowd of 2,400 at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.
The recent revelation that Clinton ally David Brock’s SuperPAC, Correct the Record, has hired people to astroturf on political forums like Reddit’s r/SandersForPresident sub, has given Sanders supporters even more resolve to forge ahead.
In response to Clinton’s people hiring “trolls,” the Sanders campaign said they don’t have to hire people to spread Bernie’s message. Some Clinton supporters have accused the Sanders campaign of using marketing company Revolution Messaging to hire people to essentially troll the trolls. It’s an accusation the Sanders campaign has denied outright.
Bernie’s move to Hollywood — and California in general — prove that he is not about to give up the fight. Despite what most media pundits say, the race is far from over. Election Justice USA is currently suing the state of New York for its draconian voter registration regulations that disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Management of the primary contest and provisional ballots will be audited in May. What worries Sanders supporters, however, is that an official who has publicly endorsed Clinton will be overseeing the auditing results.
California has its own set of issues, the biggest one having to do with incorrect voter registrations. Reports indicate that up to 500,000 people may be barred from voting in the Democratic primary, including several Hollywood celebrities. This is because many of them attempted to register as independent voters and were mistakenly signed up for the American Independent Party. The AIP is a far right-wing party that supports segregation, anti-Semitic policies, and a Christian-based theocratic government.
Among Hollywood celebrities associated with the AIP are actresses Demi Moore, Emma Stone, And Kaley Cuoco. Former welterweight boxer and Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard was also found to be enrolled in the AIP. The good news is, those people still have time to change their registration in time to vote on June 7.
The Sanders campaign’s Hollywood office will likely dispatch volunteers and campaign staffers to ensure potential voters are either unaffiliated or registered as Democrats prior to the June 7 primary. Voters have until May 23 to register or change their party affiliation.
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