Sanders Fever Sweeps The Green

Berniemania Sweeps The Green

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The largest political crowd in decades filled the Green Sunday night as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his income-inequality message to New Haven with an Elm City twist: contrasting Yale’s $25.57 billion endowment with the struggles of young people in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

“Many of our people are not working one job or two jobs, they’re working three jobs,” said the Vermont U.S. senator,  who has waged a vigorous challenge to frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton. The two square off in Connecticut’s primary on Tuesday.

Estimates of Sunday night’s crowd ran as high as 14,000 — apparently the largest crowd for a political event on the Green since the 1970 Mayday protests on behalf of the Black Panthers on trial for murder in New Haven.

“This is a lot of people. Thank you New Haven!” Sanders said in taking the stage.

He spoke of his candidacy as “a revolution that will not just elect a president” but will “transform the United States.”

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