Sanders Returns to Trail, Hosts Ocasio-Cortez at Queens Rally
Supporters of 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders hold signs during a campaign rally on October 19, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is hosting a major rally in Queensbridge Park in Long Island City on Saturday, which not only marks the Democratic presidential candidate’s return to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack in early October, but in which he’ll be joined for the first time by his new big-name endorser, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As Intelligencer’s Gabriel Debenedetti noted in his preview of the event, with a little over three months remaining before voters begin weighing in on the Democratic primary race, the Sanders campaign hopes the “Bernie’s Back” rally will not only help counteract concerns about his health, but act “as a triumphant return to the trail just in time for the campaign to get serious.”
Below are updates and images from the rally, which got started at 1 p.m., and, according to Sanders, surpassed the 20,000-person limit the campaign had on their permit.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her first official appearance (as a congresswoman/left icon) in support of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign.
Key part of Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s speech:
Many attendees have been sharing images from the event, which has some of the most dramatic scenery any rally-goer could hope for.
Documentarian and longtime liberal activist Michael Moore announced his endorsement of Sanders on Saturday. One notable quote:
The rally opener from the candidate’s spouse had a clear purpose: