Bernie Or Bust: Silent Screamers

By Jessica Bond, JCamp Reporter

Bernie Sanders throughout the presidential race was known as the underdog in the media, but definitely not to his diehard supporters. Although, now we know that Hillary Clinton is now the official Democratic nominee some Sanders supporters are not able to let go of the fact that he’s no longer in the race. These supporters known as “Bernie or Busters” are still on the Sanders train even though it reached its stop a while ago. Shouting “Never Hillary” and holding signs such as “Bernie or Bust” at the recent Democratic National Convention, these supporters definitely have something to say. But is it all just silent screams? Although these strong-willed supporters definitely aren’t backing down from a fight anytime soon, some believe that it’s time to throw in the towel.

Brandy Carson, a former supporter of the Bernie Sanders movement, understands where his adamant supporters are coming from but she believes it’s just too much of a risk.

“I was optimistic, I was hoping. But you know hindsight is 20/20,” Carson said.

Like many other Bernie supporters, Carson felt like he would have given a new take on how the government was run. When she found out Clinton was the official nominee, she gave up the dream of Bernie and sided with Hillary. That is not the case with some Bernie supporters, who some are considering voting for the Green Party’s candidate, Jill Stein or not at all.

“Green party candidates have never been elected, and I feel like the problem with that is that if you don’t vote for either a Republican or Democrat candidate you are wasting your vote unfortunately,” Carson said

“I don’t agree with that system, but I feel like I know who I don’t want to be in the White House and that there is a better alternative than that extreme; as much as I understand where these people are coming from, standing up for their beliefs. I think that it’s important to look at what that actually has the potential to go, so I don’t want to risk that,” Carson said.

On the other hand, “Bernie or Busters” definitely have a different view of that of Brandy Carson. Joshua Begin, a 16-year-old from Chicago, believes that Bernie’s hardcore supporters definitely have a reason to still be all in for him or even voting for Jill Stein.

“They don’t refuse the fact that he is out of the race, Sanders supporters didn’t follow Sanders just because of who he was, they agreed with his ideas,” Begin said.

“The fact that people still talk about him and protest for his ideas and are still mad about the voting fraud that happened shows that Sanders had a real impact,” Begin said.
Although Sanders left the presidential train stop, his supporters are still there, waiting for him as long as it takes.