As cable media outlets cover Trump rally after Trump rally after Trump rally in the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm election, only a paltry pittance of coverage has been spared for the massive crowds that have been flocking to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) in his 9-state campaign blitz.
Sanders has packed auditoriums, rural barns, and college campuses for nearly a month in his longest stretch of campaigning since the 2016 primary, many in the heart of Trump country. Sanders has been campaigning on behalf of Democratic candidates, particularly hoping to galvanize the young voters that turned out in droves for his campaign, which the Democratic establishment has struggled to energize.
In campaigns and in life in general you're going to have to do things that make you uncomfortable. But that's okay because this is how we grow. pic.twitter.com/dTAFpb3LPT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 31, 2018
Thousands have shown up to rallies featuring Sanders, with even more watching online. Sanders aides estimate that 5 to 6 million have tuned in each day of the tour.
Images from some of his stops can be found below.
Bernie stumps for Jacky Rosen in Nevada
— Ari Rabin-Havt (@AriRabinHavt) October 25, 2018
— Barry White (@KTNVBarryWhite) October 26, 2018
Bernie stumps for candidates in Florida
WATCH: @BernieSanders stands alongside @CarlosGSmith to rally @UCF students to the polls! "We have a candidate in Mayor @AndrewGillum who is finally prepared in this state to make government work for ALL THE PEOPLE, not just a handful of special interests!" – @SenSanders 🌊 pic.twitter.com/3269y7lhEK
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) November 1, 2018
Bernie draws thousands in California
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 27, 2018
— Ari Rabin-Havt (@AriRabinHavt) October 27, 2018
Thank you, Senator @BernieSanders , for your leadership, strength, and support of the @Marriott workers at the @WestinGaslampSD as they take on the largest, richest hotel company in the world to ensure that #1Job is Enough for them to provide for their families. #MarriottStrike pic.twitter.com/98MHGKZ289
— UNITE HERE Local 30 (@UNITEHERE30) October 27, 2018
Bernie Campaigns for Jared Polis in Colorado
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 25, 2018
In front of a huge crowd in Boulder, @BernieSanders rallies Colorado Democrats to fight for a progressive future in Colorado against sexism, bigotry, and inequality. #copolitics pic.twitter.com/e07iCq0FTQ
— Colorado Dems (@coloradodems) October 24, 2018
Bernie stumps for Ben Jealous in Maryland
Incredible night with @BernieSanders and so many of you in Montgomery County!
Let’s keep building this movement, keeping knocking every door, and make every call.
Let’s go win this! pic.twitter.com/pkawvCOnvD
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) October 31, 2018
Bernie brings out big crowds for Arizona’s David Garcia
The only way I know to take on wealthy, powerful and greedy people is people organizing at the grassroots level, standing up and fighting back.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 24, 2018
Bernie packs a Wisconsin room for Tammy Baldwin
The people of Wisconsin have an opportunity to send a message to Donald Trump and the Republican Party. By electing @IronStache to Congress you can tell them: No we aren't going to cut Social Security and Medicare. We are going to expand them. https://t.co/c9UEDRaYBJ pic.twitter.com/cCvUxuck1Y
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 22, 2018
Bernie campaigns for Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan
As governor @gretchenwhitmer will stand with Michigan’s working families who have been left behind by the political elite. Thank you to everyone who came to support her in Ann Arbor yesterday. Let's elect Gretchen in November: https://t.co/urRkJZM7bj pic.twitter.com/zaWHRSd0rU
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 20, 2018
Bernie calls for Medicare for All in South Carolina
.@BernieSanders is taking the stage in South Carolina.
Watch now: https://t.co/D1M4Dri5Es
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) October 20, 2018
Sen. Sanders fills a field for Liz Watson in Indiana
Thank you to everyone who came out in Bloomington, IN yesterday to rally with me and @LizForIndiana and march to the polls.
In 2014 voter turnout was just 28% in Indiana, the lowest in the country. This year is going to be different. pic.twitter.com/WqlkjXRONR
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 20, 2018
Sanders brings it home in his home state of Vermont
Incredible turnout at our pig and veggie bbq on the Isham farm in Williston. @BernieSanders @PeterWelch @christineforvt and local Reps and Sens along with many hundreds from across the state. Stay positive, get active and vote for econ., env., and social justice. #vtpoli pic.twitter.com/9szXNfPPdE
— Dave Zuckerman (@DaveZuckermanVT) October 14, 2018
Most mainstream media outlets have aired livestreams of most of President Trump’s rallies, along with endless dissections afterwards spanning an exhaustive array of articles covering everything from the usual fact-checks to Trump’s typically bizarre ad-libbed remarks. One CNN headline simply reads “Trump sticks to the script during Illinois rally.” This coverage comes despite reports of some Trump supporters even leaving his rallies early while he’s still speaking.
Meanwhile, media coverage of the rallies has been infrequent, with most articles about the tour focusing more on whether Sanders is planning to run for president again in 2020 than the overwhelming turnout. Sanders has maintained that his top priority for 2020 is supporting the Democratic candidate who has the best chance to oust President Trump, but he has not ruled out another run, and his decision to campaign in early primary states like Iowa and Nevada has raised eyebrows.
“The main issue that I’m trying to figure out, and I’m going around the country talking to people — is there support for a candidacy which is really prepared to take on the billionaire class?” Sanders said. “Can you do it? How do you do it? How do you get the resources to do it? How do you build the grassroots organization?”
Bernie Sanders drenched in sweat after giving his third speech of the day. "Brothers and sisters, you are not living in a democracy; you are living in an oligarchy." pic.twitter.com/oXMq5lbd8T
— RevoltPolitic (@RevoltPolitic) October 30, 2018
Nathan Wellman is a Grit Post contributing editor in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @LIGHTNINGWOW. You can also email him at info AT gritpost DOT com.