In a speech streamed online on July 29, Democratic presidential candidate and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont discussed criminal justice reform, the minimum wage and campaign finance reform to a crowd of 100,000 online viewers across the nation.
Broadcasting from an apartment in the nation’s capital, Sanders started off his speech by saying “Enough is enough."
According to The New York Times, “more than 3,500 events and house parties across the country” celebrated Sanders’ campaign, which unveiled a new system via text messaging to reach more supporters.
During the speech, Sanders attempted to quell critics, specifically members of the Black Lives Matter movement, who protested at one of the Vermont senator’s campaign stops weeks ago.
“We are tired of seeing black women yanked out of a car, thrown to the ground, assaulted, put in handcuffs and then sent to jail and die three days later in the case of Sandra Bland," Sanders said. "For what crime? She didn’t signal.”
Shortly after the event ended, Sanders told reporters that “we never dreamed this campaign would move as quickly as it has and in fact part of the problem we are having is the campaign is moving much faster than our political infrastructure.”
One supporter, Manisha Sharma, presented a poster of Mahatma Gandhi to Sanders with a quote that read: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win,” Fox News noted.
Sanders has been receiving more attention from the media recently, particularly for his grass-roots support with the liberal block of the Democratic Party. His speeches throughout the country have also triggered interest among news sources, as more and more reports covering his campaign mention the larger crowds that Sanders has been drawing.
In terms of polling numbers, Sanders continues to lag far behind Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In a poll released July 30, conducted by Quinnipac University, Clinton leads Sanders among left-leaning voters by almost 40 percent: 55 to 17 percent.