Wednesday, June 8, 2016

KING: Dear Bernie Sanders: Thank you for running a presidential campaign to be proud of

Dear Bernie,
Thank you.
Thank you for staring the Democratic establishment in the face and deciding not to be an idle spectator when it mattered most.
Thank you for ignoring the early poll numbers that had you down by 60%.
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Thank you for ignoring the experts who suggested you'd only win your home state of Vermont and nowhere else.
Thank you for actually listening to the Black Lives Matters protestors who interrupted you and demanded that you earnestly acknowledged police brutality and propose real solutions to it.
Thank you for accepting misfits, radicals, rabble-rousers and rappers into the inner circle of your campaign from the very beginning.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Rec Hall at Penn State University on April 19, 2016 in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at the Rec Hall at Penn State University on April 19, 2016 in University Park, Pennsylvania.

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Thank you for calling out corporate America and the growing billionaire class on their shameful and dangerous greed.
Thank you for refusing to take even a dime from a Super PAC even though your campaign could've used the money.
Thank you for calling out the corporate media and how they represent ratings and special interests more than they'll ever admit.
Thank you Bernie.
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Thank you for never pandering or dabbing or doing the electric slide when you know that's not really your style.
Thank you for knowing full well that you could've gone ugly and dirty against Hillary Clinton but deciding not to.
Thank you for igniting the imagination of young people all over this country.
Thank you for inspiring people who gave up on politics and politicians a long time ago to come back into the fold.
Thank you for showing compassion to Palestinian people and being willing to say that Israel is not without real blame in the region.
Thank you for not pretending like poor people and the dwindling middle class don't exist in this country.
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Thank you for staying graceful when politicians questioned whether or not you ever even cared about the Civil Rights Movement.
Thank you for showing us the true colors of the Democratic Party.
Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford stands with her and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle.

Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford stands with her and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle.

(Elaine Thompson/AP)
Thank you for being so consistent with your values, positions and principles for so many decades.
Thank you for standing up for universal healthcare and free college tuition as pillars of your campaign.
Thank you for treating global warming and environmental injustice like the critical issues they truly are.
Thank you for giving us a true contrast with Donald Trump.
Thank you for joining picket lines with protestors all over this country.
Thank you for not quitting in February, March, April and May.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets the crowd at a campaign rally at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 6, 2016.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets the crowd at a campaign rally at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 6, 2016.

(LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)
Thank you for shocking the world and winning 22 states all over this country.
Thank you for fighting now and for taking our concerns and values all the way to the Democratic National Convention.
Thank you Bernie.
Thank you for standing by me and sharing my work when so many other people bailed.
Thank you man. Thank you.
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