Supporters of Bernie Sanders plan what they say will be “the world’s largest fart-in” as a protest against the Democratic party’s nomination of Hillary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State, Senator from New York and U.S. First Lady, to be the party’s candidate for President of the United States, says a leading activist quoted by the political site Truthdig.
The protest will coincide with Clinton’s nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia during the final week of July, according to protest leader Cheri Honkala, who explained that her organization, The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, will host a pre-speech dinner of beans for delegates pledged to support Bernie Sanders.
“We will be holding a massive bean supper for Bernie Sanders delegates on American Street in my Kensington neighborhood on the afternoon of July 28,” said Honkala, who in 2012, was the vice-presidential nominee of the Green Party.
“The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans, will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing,” she said.
The “fart-in” is one of numerous protests planned for the convention, which opens on July 25 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, better known as the home of the NBA Philadelphia ’76ers and NHL Philadelphia Flyers professional sports franchises.
The Democratic primary campaign officially ended last Tuesday, June 14, with the Washington D.C. primary, a contest won overwhelmingly by Clinton with approximately 79 percent of the vote there, to 21 percent for Bernie Sanders.
On Thursday, June 16, Bernie Sanders delivered a half-hour long message to his supporters via online live stream, in which he encouraged his supporters to continue their political involvement by running for political office at the state and local level.
Watch a full replay of the Bernie Sanders live stream message to his supporters in the video below.
Hillary Clinton won the nominating contest easily, taking over 55 percent of the popular vote and 54.75 percent of all pledged delegates to under43 percent of the popular vote for Sanders which ended up with 45.25 percent of the pledged delegates.
Still, many Sanders supporters object to the result and are already staging practice protests in preparation for the convention.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 19, 2016
On Saturday, a group of Bernie Sanders supporters in Chicago, calling themselves The People’s Summit, ran through a dress rehearsal of their plans to get arrested at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia in just over a month.
“They’re going to arrest people, period, end of story. So we just want to prepare ourselves,” one Sanders supporter, Cassidy Turner of San Diego, California, told the online publication BuzzFeed. “We’re not going to be violent, we don’t really have a reason to get arrested but it’s going to happen. So we want to prepare ourselves.”
According to a report on the Philly.com local Philadelphia news site, numerous protesters are now booking space at nearby campgrounds, mostly in southern New Jersey, in preparation for the convention, due to the difficulty in obtaining hotel rooms which have largely filled up for the convention week.
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As for the “world’s largest fart-in” protest, organizer Honkala says that she plans to extend an invitation to Bernie Sanders himself to attend the bean supper prior to Clinton’s acceptance speech, so that he, too, may become flatulent during his political opponent’s nomination acceptance speech.
Honkala told the Truthdig site that she plans to call the supper “Beans for Hillary.”
As for Sanders himself, he plans to return to Washington D.C. on Monday, to cast his first vote in the United States Senate since January — a vote on gun control measures that follows a 15-hour filibuster led by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
While 37 Democratic senators took part in the filibuster along with two Republicans and an independent, Bernie Sanders skipped it.
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