Bernie Sanders is staging his own #DemExit of a kind.
He revealed this week that he is resuming his status as a political independent and leaving the Democratic Party when he goes back to work in the U.S. Senate.
The Vermont senator, a self-described socialist and runner-up to Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary sweepstakes, ran for president as a Democrat.
Last November, when filing his paperwork for the New Hampshire primary, Sanders said "I am running as a Democrat obviously, I am a Democrat now," the Burlington Free Press reported. "Sanders says he'll run as a Democrat in future elections," the Free Press added.
On Tuesday, Sanders seemed to change his tune about his party affiliation. During the Bloomberg Politics breakfast in Philadelphia, he declared that "I was elected as an independent; I'll stay two years more as an independent," the Wall Street Journal detailed.
"Asked after the event whether Mr. Sanders considers himself a Democrat or an independent, a campaign aide said, 'He ran for president as a Democrat but was elected to a six-year term in the Senate as an independent,'" the WSJ added.