Bernie Sanders may run in 2020 after ‘heartening’ polls with Black and Latino voters

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Voters of color, meanwhile, point to his dismissive comments about race.

Democratic presidential hopefuls have been dropping announcements left and right since the new year, and according to two sources who spoke to Yahoo! News, Bernie Sanders may soon be next.

The sources, who have “direct knowledge of his plans,” say that Sanders, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016, was especially feeling good about a run because he recently polled as the most popular politician in the country and a leading Democratic contender.

“What the senator has this time that he didn’t have last time is he is the most popular elected official in the country right now,” the source told Yahoo! News. “That’s light years away from 2016 when very few people knew who he was.”

Also, pumping Sanders up: He was “heartened,” as Yahoo! put it, to see that he was a top candidate among Black and Latino voters—at least according to one poll.

While it’s no secret that the Democratic Socialist has a fired-up, hardcore base—and it’s not just white bros—this last part has marginalized people on Twitter scratching their heads. Just two days ago, a GQ interview dropped in which he made several tone-deaf remarks about race. For starters, Sanders emphasized, as he has before, that class, not race was the most important issue our country faces, trivializing the adversity endured by Americans of color.

He also said his opponents “think that all that we need is people who are candidates who are black or white, who are black or Latino or woman or gay, regardless of what they stand for.” It’s a bit much to insinuate that a straight, cis white man is the best person to represent marginalized people without bothering to note there are things about their identities he may not understand. He is also ignoring that people of color, specifically Black and Latino voters, helped Democrats win the 2018 midterms, and were galvanized to vote because the playing field wasn’t as white and male as it usually is.

Not that there aren’t people happy for another Bernie bid.

But maybe it’s just time for something new.

Sanders’ camp has yet to make an official announcement.

Jessica Machado

Jessica Machado

Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.