Ladies and gentlemen, Berniementum is for real

U.S. Senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued this announcement, via Twitter, of the roaring success of first day of the Sanders presidential campaign:

You can read more about the growing momentum behind the Sanders presidential campaign here.

To put that into perspective, Sanders raised his $1,500,000+ first-day haul with the support of small donors who contributed an average of less than $50 to the Sanders campaign. Since Sanders received over $1.5 million from 35,000 individuals, that means that the average first-day donor to the Sanders campaign contributed approximately $42.86 to the Sanders campaign. Sanders raised more on day one of his presidential campaign than each of the three Republicans who are officially running for president, and he didn’t need a handful of big-money donors to do so. In fact, Hillary Clinton, Bernie’s primary challenger, refused to disclose her first-day fundraising total for reasons unknown, which absolutely shocked me.

While the 100,000+ people who have pledged their support to the Sanders campaign represent only approximately 0.57% of the people who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses, if those 100,000+ people that the Sanders campaign is referring to are people who have pledged to volunteer for the Sanders campaign, that gives Sanders a very large base of volunteers to help convince Democratic primary and caucus voters to vote for Bernie.

The big success of the first day of the Sanders campaign is despite the best efforts of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to sabotage the Sanders campaign by using Sanders’s campaign launch to raise money for…you guessed it, the DNC. The DNC should wait until there’s either an official Democratic presidential nominee or a Democratic presidential candidate with at least the minimum number of delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination before using any of the declared Democratic presidential candidates to raise money for the DNC.

Berniementum is for real, and that’s because the American people want a presidential candidate who will fight to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and middle class.

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