After campaigning as a Democrat and endorsing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders decided to quit the party and return to being an independent senator. However, this doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Bern was an independent before running for president.
‘I was elected as an independent. I’ll stay two years more as an independent,’ Bernie Sanders told Bloomberg, referring to the two years left in his term as a Vermont Senator.
Not identifying with the democrats anymore
Even more, his views lean further than the Democrats’ platform and before announcing that he’s planning to run for President, back in 2015, Sanders has rarely identified as a member of the party. And don’t forget that he’s part of the U.S. political life since 1979.
However, Bernie Sanders has strong ties with the party, even though he was not a member, as back in 2005, senior Democrats endorsed him for his Senate run. Also, several members were intrigued by the fact that he was actually allowed to run as a Democrat, while voicemails made public by WikiLeaks revealed that important party donor wanted did not want him to speak at the DNC.
After making the announcement, Bernie Sanders called for more people to roll in the Democratic party over the latest email leak which revealed that senior officials were biased against his campaign and led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
There’s a big need for change in the DNC
“We need a DNC which has as very different direction,’ he said. ‘I honestly don’t know many of the people there. But my guess is we’re going to need new leadership, a new direction and new personnel.”
Like expected, Bernie Sanders’ huge fan base will follow him even as an Independent and are decided to not vote for Hillary Clinton in November’s general elections.