Bernie’s Campaign Is Fizzling, Only Attracts 21,000 People to Rally in Sacramento

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We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news to Bernie Sanders supporters, but his campaign seems to be struggling mightily to maintain its grassroots support. At an event in Sacramento on May 9, the Sanders campaign was only able to attract 21,000 attendees to the rally, down from the 27,000 people who saw him speak in Washington Square Park in New York City back in April. This kind of drop off is in stark contrast to the Clinton campaign, which has been able to maintain its dozens of supporters at nearly every rally.

Especially troubling for Sanders is that California is one of the whitest states in America, suggesting he can’t even win the white vote anymore.

Twitter user fastlife3o5 tweeted the following picture depicting the disheartening scene, driving home the point of just how poorly the Sanders campaign is doing in maintaining support through the entire primary process. I mean, look at those seats. You can barely even see Bernie they’re so bad.

The disappointing showing wasn’t the only issue for the Sanders campaign. Despite the relatively small number attending, apparently there were incredibly long lines of people just waiting to enter Bonney Field, a soccer-specific sports venue that seats 11,000, and security was unable to get everyone inside in time for the event to start.

Some reports estimate that at least 10,000 people never made it inside the stadium, which must have been a huge relief to those people because they are totes ready for Hillary.

Joking aside, the record crowds Bernie Sanders has been attracting to his rallies speak volumes to the impact his campaign is having on shaping the political ideals of the American Left, a group of citizens tired with incremental progressivism slowed down further by corporate politics, to say nothing of the job it’s done mobilizing the youngest voters in society, who are notoriously terrible at participating in the democratic process. Bernie Sanders has also united independent voters in ways no other candidate has done in the current two party system, making him a weak general election candidate and completely unelectable on the national stage, because naturally.

Now he just needs those people to be able to vote in every primary, but his campaign was ill-equipped and unprepared to replace archaic voting laws the Democratic Party loves, which eliminated the voice of independent voters in several important states (Florida, New York and Pennsylvania come to mind, where Bernie Sanders could have eliminated Clinton’s lead had independents been allowed to vote).

While it’s true he faces (obscenely) long odds to secure the nomination from the Democratic Party to run for president in the general election, his movement and political principles seem set to survive. If Bernie hopes to somehow pry the nomination away from Hillary Clinton, he’ll have to figure out how to turn huge rallies into huge voter turnout, something he struggled with in New York, where independent voters had to register as Democrats in October of last year in order to vote in the Democratic primary in the state and where thousands were purged from voter records or had their party affiliation switched shortly before the state’s primary. Sure, New York has the some of the worst voter laws in the country, but that’s no excuse for Bernie not convincing people in New York to vote for him by the registration deadline, even if that was 7 months before the primary. Typical Bernie supporters, too ignorant to know how awesome he was before they got a chance to hear him speak.

Whereas voters would have had to register to be a Democrat in New York before the first debate was ever held, because that’s super democratic, voters have until May 23 in California to register as either a Democrat or unenrolled in order to vote in the Democratic primary, giving Bernie a better chance out west than he had back east. At the same time, those who prefer Hillary Clinton have the same deadline. Just a side note, registering as an Independent in California puts you down for some obscure political party and prohibits you from being able to cast a Democratic ballot.

The California primary is being held June 7.

Lastly, for the sake of full disclosure, I voted for Bernie Sanders in the Tennessee primary and I’ve donated to his campaign. We believe in transparency at Men’s Trait, unlike glorified gossip columnists and those looking to make a name for themselves (and pretty much everyone else in media).

Edit: An early version of this article stated that Ohio was a closed-primary state, which is incorrect. We’ve since whipped the writer for getting such an easily checkable fact wrong.

Last modified: August 1, 2017

  • lautpiano

    love how you’re pointing, tongue-in-cheek, at the unacceptable disconnect between the msm and the 99%, how the corporate sell-outs ignore and downplay the beginnings of one of the marvelous historic uprisings of the american (and frankly global!) public, great job 😀

    here’s to hoping the dnc won’t steal the upcoming primaries too and we’ll make up the backlog in delegates!

    BERNIE OR BUST!

    • Landrew

      Right there with you! Our Progressives for Bernie meeting last night, all but two of us are voting Bernie in Nov., the big clue, most of our group are women.

      • lautpiano

        love it!
        those two probably fear the “special place in hell” that m. albright envisions for them for not voting $hillary haha. they’ll change their minds the more they learn about her. she should never have been allowed to run, much less supported by the establishment. sh!t’s gonna hit the fan and she will take a lotta fellow cronies down with her. it’s gonna be pandemonium up until nov, with the bottom 99% at her throat for a lifetime of f*ckery, hoping for the long overdue proverbial bloodbath. JUSTICE!

        • Julia D. Williams

          Who used a Resurrection potion on her anyway, I’d thought Madeleine A was dead long ago.

    • Julia D. Williams

      Totally worried that the DNC is bought and paid for already 🙁

  • George Clay

    Thanks for the article, lol!
    Just one correction. Washington Square Park rally had a total of 48,000 people. 27K got in the park. 21K waited in the streets just to hear him echo. The streets in all directions were literally packed.

    • We’re told it would be impossible to accurately state how many people were in Washington Square Park, so we had to go with the generally agreed upon count from others in the media, so 48k was probably right. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Kristen Nickole Spurlock

    only 21,000? damn. better give up now… #fu #poorwriting #feelthatbern

    • Julia D. Williams

      did…did you finish the article? Or just wanna use hashtags?

  • Kurt Boyer

    Way to go California!

  • Sherrie Edwards

    LMAO…to funny…love it!!! #AlwaysBernie #NeverHillary #NotMeUs

  • Tyranei

    10/10 article for well-used humor.

  • K’ww’L

    really? 21,000 inside and another 10,000 outside. dafemale got 200 at her ‘little talk’……… and you say you actually donated yet BS your readers? KEWL BEANS

    • Limnir

      This post is sarcastic you moron.

      • Cole G.

        I doubt he will be able to understand this, noting the “KEWL BEANS”.

      • Landrew

        Tell that to the MILLIONS voting Bernie in Nov. like I am. Won’t be funny then.

        • Limnir

          No seriously you’re an idiot. This article is pro-Bernie! Re-fucking-read it.

        • Julia D. Williams

          See! Another one who doesn’t get satire. Here, let me help you, then go re-read it. okay? Look a definition, I hope it helps. If it’s too hard for you let me know and I’ll explain it to you slower.

          sat·ire
          ˈsaˌtī(ə)r/
          noun

          the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
          synonyms: mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature; irony, sarcasm
          “he has become the subject of satire”
          a play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire.
          plural noun: satires
          “a stinging satire on American politics” (what this actually is)
          synonyms: parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, skit; informalspoof, takeoff, sendup

          “a satire on Canadian politics” (not what this was as we’re not Canadian, yet..we see you up there, being polite, Canada.)

          a genre of literature characterized by the use of satire. (this too applies to some degree to the article.)

          Now, class dismissed, your homework, go re-read this and then go read a few other satire sites, you can google them, we know, because if you can find porn you can find satire. Sometimes both at once. Then next time you come across Satire, you’ll know it at once and hopefully won’t expect boobs and thongs too.

        • Julia D. Williams

          you do understand the whole satire thing, yes? please don’t make me retype all that.

          • Landrew

            Ha, yes, I do and loved the article. I just don’t care for the word MORON, unless of course it’s about me. Sarcasm, Satire is a beautiful art form, MORE PLEASE. Please don’t be mean to me, I enjoy your thoughts, I would hate to have to HATE YOU. ha.

    • Julia D. Williams

      See! Another one who doesn’t get satire. Here, let me help you, then go re-read it. okay? Look a definition, I hope it helps. If it’s too hard for you let me know and I’ll explain it to you slower.

      sat·ire

      ˈsaˌtī(ə)r/

      noun

      the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

      synonyms: mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature; irony, sarcasm

      “he has become the subject of satire” (in this case, the noun in this is quickly becoming you.)

      a play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire.

      plural noun: satires (I think only one at a time will be safe for this ones consumption)

      “a stinging satire on American politics” (what this actually is)

      synonyms: parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, skit; informalspoof, takeoff, sendup

      “a satire on Canadian politics” (not what this was as we’re not Canadian, yet..we see you up there, being polite, Canada.)

      a genre of literature characterized by the use of satire. (this too applies to some degree to the article.)

      Now, class dismissed, your homework, go re-read this and then go read a few other satire sites, you can google them, we know, because if you can find porn you can find satire. Sometimes both at once. Then next time you come across Satire, you’ll know it at once and hopefully won’t expect boobs and thongs too.

  • Nico

    Joke of an article. lmao dont mention the other 20k outside that couldnt get in.

  • Optimus Prime

    Bernie or Bust
    Tax the Rich
    Screw Corporate Media
    Down with Crony Capitalism
    etc.

    • Tom Dickson

      Bernie or JILL STEIN

      • Landrew

        True, if Bernie came out and said please do not vote for me, I would vote Jill Stein, love her fighting the fight.

  • CynDoyle

    Loved all of the sarcasm and truth. This was most amusing! A good read!

  • 4ft12

    Ummm…did the article mention that HRC has been able to maintain her “dozens” of supporters? Admittedly, I quit reading the article after it referenced Bernie’s rally in Sacramento of over 20 thousand people and then in the next sentence mention “dozens” of anything.

    • Limnir

      This is a satirical post, go back and read it again.

      • 4ft12

        Read my comment again

        • 4ft12

          Guess the author is the only one allowed to be sarcastic…

          • Ugh, you should hear that guy in the office. He has sarcasm coming out his eyes, nose, ears and everywhere.

          • 4ft12

            So dozens of places then?

          • Julia D. Williams

            do you just make him sit in a giant bucket all day and scoot him around?

          • 4ft12

            Watch for knees…i’m just saying

          • Julia D. Williams

            <— very sarcastic, gets me in trouble, end relationships, pisses off former friends. I enjoy it though.

          • 4ft12

            Umm…i’m thinking this is probably directed at someone other than me and maybe some muted claws? Like would have been full blown scratch your eyes out claws but some time has passed now so you just want to poke him really hard…with your knee…probably where his male parts live. Or, i could be wrong. Sometimes i think i want frosted flakes but i really want cheerios

      • Landrew

        The Clintons can enjoy our sarcasm when we write Bernie in, in Nov.

        • Julia D. Williams

          I don’t know for sure we’ll have to write him in…he may still take it, we actually don’t have a count on where the SD will land and they can be fickle, HRC may find herself stranded in a pool of her own ego.

          • Landrew

            Yes, I agree, however planning is important. I would not like to see the momentum lost. BTW, love the phrase “Stranded in a pool of her own ego” . I will give you credit for that when I steal it ha. We (our Progressive group) is reaching out to like minded people to STAY connected. We call it a HIVE MIND. You can find me on FB if you would like to share thoughts for the rules committee in Philly, we have a member on the committee.

      • Julia D. Williams

        I’ve given up, I even gave them the definition, the seem clueless

  • Thor Mjolnirs

    JESUS FUCKING CHRIST IT’S ALL OVER

    • Hey, it ain’t over until we’re told by the media it’s over.

      • Julia D. Williams

        Didn’t they say that last week, and the week before and the week before and the….you get the point. We’re either going to get a Sith Lord or a Dark Jedi, unless Sanders does win. to put it in geek girl terms, neither will end well for any of us. *goes to get her light saber*
        this was amusing though.

  • Sick and tired

    Love this! It seems that a few of your readers can’t quite grasp irony, however. LOL

    • Landrew

      I don’t think a broken election system is lost on anyone here.

      • Julia D. Williams

        Truth.

  • Tom Dickson

    Great article! As an Ohioan, I feel obligated to say that could in fact vote in our primary. It’s usually called “semi-open,” voters can say which party’s ballot they want on arrival at the polling booth, no questions asked. As for the Clinton win, I strongly suspect Trump was a major factor. As an open primary, voters could decide that day which race to vote in. According to NYT, there were about 1.2 million votes in the Democratic race and 2.0 million in the Republican. Well in 2008, there were about 2.2 million votes on the Dem side and 1.1 on the GOP. In 2012, there were 1.2 million Republican voters. Since Ohio’s GOP delegates were awarded winner-take-all, there was a huge focus on helping Kasich beat Trump. Rubio even encouraged Ohio voters to vote for Kasich. According to NYT exit polls, 74% of Dem voters self-identified as Democrats, whereas only 64% of Republican voters did. Admittedly, that’s not a huge difference, but I think the reversal in number of votes (especially from 2012 when there wasn’t a Democratic race vying for attention) tell something. Anecdotally, my Facebook feed was filled with friends who hate Gov. Kasich encouraging people to vote for Kasich to #stumptrump

    • Thank you for pointing out the error from the writer. We’re going to make him stand in a corner and think about what he’s done.

      Thanks for reading, Tom, and we hope to see you again.

    • Julia D. Williams

      I’ve been saying since day one Trump was put there to push Hillary in to office, My boyfriend argues the other way (but he’s British, lives in England and gets no say) the families are close friends, he’s donated to her last election AND this one. Now, he’s all that’s left, the GOP looks batshit insane and there are still people out there that think he’s “speaking for the little people” please, he’s used us for stepping stools and door mats for years, care about us, not one bit.

      • neffer

        How ironic. I’ve been arguing the same theory with my boyfriend. One thing is certain, she is using fear of a Trump presidency to garner votes. If it weren’t for him, imagine where she would be?

        • Julia D. Williams

          Trying to hide the rest of the furniture and decor she and Bill stole from the White House when he left office?

        • Julia D. Williams

          my now ex bf who lives in england has a bad case of trump is what we deserve as americans. and I still think he was put there to sabotage the republicans and push her in to the slot. As horrifying as a Trump Presidency would be, I don’t think they meant for him to get this far and in it’s own way, it would be hilarious. Also, if he handles that like he does everything else, he’ll ignore it while underlings run the show

  • Patti Crawford

    What a great laugh! Comparing the number of people in Sacramento and NYC in ANY capacity is HYSTERICAL!

  • Bern The Sponsorship

    Wish I was there 🙁 Would be awesome to crowd surf that crowd 🙂

  • Lydiane

    Looks like Bonney Field was at full capacity. I was there and people waited for hours in line and in the sun to support Bernie, knowing they won’t be able to make it inside. I’d say he is winning.

  • Cynthia Cirile

    PERFECT! I love dripping sarcasm! Yeah–so sad for Bernie….and today in WV? AWFUL! All those Mountain Mamas clamoring down those country roads to milk cows, and then run to vote for their IDOL, H—. Now, all the Mountain Mamas are BERNING! I live in the Santa Susana Mountains of CA. and you can bet I’m clamoring down the mountain for Bernie!

  • Joshua Teks Fritz

    If he doesn’t win because of the delegates or super delegates, they should all be hung for treason.

    • Julia D. Williams

      it should be a vote for a vote, nothing more,nothing less. We’ll not see that in our lifetime

      • Landrew

        In our Progressive group, we have a member of the rules committee, she will be asking, that either the Super delegates be deleted (next election cycle) or the Super Delegates at least be elected officials rather then the LOBBYISTS an LARGE DONORS we have now. Care to add to our thoughts for the rules committee. BTW, love your intelligent thoughts.

        • Julia D. Williams

          I don’t know, is this a paying position or do I just get to funnel funds illegally from the group account like everyone else?

        • Julia D. Williams

          the whole delagate system needs to go. vote for vote by those of legal age is all that should matter. We the people let go of control ages ago though. Now a lot of us stand around and whine about how horrible things are. There were chances to change it. no one did. Lobbyists and large donors should never have been allowed in the first place, if your public official can be bought and paid for, why have them?

  • Cole G.

    Remember, California borders Vermont!

  • liquidwizard

    I took it hook line and sinker as I read that eye rolling narrative of the obvious torrent of attendees in Sacramento ! I was only one of them !! LOVED IT! and was inspired to create my own “Bernie’ concept campaign sign focusing on the little “World Peace Sparrow ” I will add this note of observance about something rather odd, There was floating snow like fluff falling from the sky up to about the first half of Bernie speaking, as though some child blew a wish on a giant dandelion and it floated down like snow from a clear night sky. I made a joke to my friend that if Bernie can summon a sparrow for world peace, and make it snow in spring in Sacramento, winning the presidency should be a cake walk! Go Bernie!!Your path is laden with wonder!!
    Thank you for an excellent article!

  • Rachman Cantrell

    Democratic Primary

    Sanders has won West Virginia, according to A.P.

    CANDIDATES VOTE PCT. DELEGATES

    Bernie Sanders

    120,231 51.4%

    16

    Hillary Clinton 84,176 36.0

    11

    Other 29,613 12.7

    234,020 votes, 97% reporting (1,705 of 1,761 precincts)

  • Rachman Cantrell

    Clinton supporters don’t seem to understand that Bernie can win a national election against Trump but Hillary most likely will lose to him! Their multi-flawed candidate will not be able to withstand the Trump onslaught on her record of bad judgments, flip flops, money laundering and other devious activities. Bernie wins over Trump in double digits. Her supporters have taken the mainstream media Kool Aid and will suffer the consequences of a Trump presidency, along with the rest of us, unless they come to their senses and vote for Bernie! Polls show Bernie winning against Trump in double digits! A most recent poll had her losing to Trump! If you want to prevent Trump from gaining the White House you must support Bernie! He is the only one who can do it!

  • Dan Grossnickle

    FUN FACTS!

    Hillary Clinton has stated that being president is about “Hard Choices.” She’s right…but most of her hard choices, by her own admission, have been wrong.

    Hillary was opposed Gay marriage as late as 2013. She has since “evolved” on the issue. Bernie, as Mayor of Burlington in 1985, set aside a day to be known as “Gay Pride Day.”

    She aggressively promoted fracking while she was Secretary of State. She supported the Keystone XL Pipeline until the polls indicated she needed to change her position. She pushed for TPP and referred to it as ”the Gold Standard” many times. Bernie Sanders has always opposed all of the above.

    She supports the death penalty and private, for-profit, prisons. She is against free college education.

    Hillary has received millions from Wall Street. Hillary’s top contributors: Morgan Stanley $636,564, Lehman Brothers $362,853, JP Morgan Chase $696,456, Goldman Sachs $760,740, Credit Suisse $318,120, Citigroup $824,402. Bernie’s top donors are labor unions, teacher unions, and nursing unions and has received over seven million individual contributions averaging $28.

    Hillary was a supporter of the Iraq War. She has since said that choice was wrong. Bernie had the foresight and good judgement to oppose the war, repeatedly called out Bush for his deliberate misinformation and accurately predicted the catastrophic outcome. He has stated that he will, absolutely, defend the United States but that war should always be the last option.

    Hillary is against bringing back Glass Steagall Act, the repeal of which contributed to the greatest recession since 1929. Bernie wants to bring back this essential legislation.

    Hillary participated in Republican campaigns for years. Bernie has always been an independent and has always caucused with Democrats.

    Bernie Sanders marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and was arrested for protesting segregation. Hillary Clinton campaigned for Barry Goldwater, who opposed the Supreme Court’s power to enforce school integration, voted in the Senate against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and whose campaign platform included his promise to repeal the legislation. The Clintons also celebrated “Confederate Flag Day” every year when Bill was governor of Arkansas.

    Hillary is against a $15 minimum wage. Ever since he became a United States Senator, Bernie has made it one of his top goals to get workers a $15 minimum wage.

    Hillary wants to “loosen” marijuana penalties. Bernie wants to completely abolish the federal prohibition of marijuana.

    Bernie’s health care plan is predicted to save each American more than $1200 in insurance and pharmaceutical drug costs. Hillary opposes single-payer healthcare and has received millions of dollars in contributions from pharmaceutical and health insurance companies.

    Bernie received the highest VFW award in his fight for veterans’ rights and services. Hillary Clinton has a documented history of being a warmongering hawk and as president would pursue the failed policy of endless war.

    Bernie has over 30 years of experience fighting for working Americans and is an honest and authentic candidate. Hillary…not so much.

    When you are President you don’t get a second chance. Fatal decisions send young American soldiers to war and often, disastrously, effect the course of events and destabilize the world.

    Ours is not a “Hard Choice” at all. We have Bernie Sanders – the leader who has made the right choices throughout his career. The choice is between a corporate sponsored and controlled candidate who will say and do anything that she believes will get her elected and an honest, compassionate and highly ethical man of consistent, unassailable integrity.

    Bernie has fought for the Middle Class, Labor, Women, Gay People, Civil Rights and Veterans his entire political career. He has demonstrated a profound, consistent and rare moral conviction to do what is right by the people he represents rather than corporations.

    No super PACs, no secret donors writing checks for tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, no private jets…just a sincere conviction to do what is right for the American people and the world.

  • Landrew

    I am voting Bernie in Nov. and I see MILLIONS that share my view. There is but one Democratic who is a Progressive running in this election. Vote Bernie in Nov. I am.

  • Dave Froman

    reliable sources (park management) on the ground put the overflow at nearly 10,000

  • AtheistVoter245

    Good try keeping topical. Everyone has to have a hobby.
    Maybe you could do more in your local community. Start a comedy act. Cook more. Punditry, especially this style, is the Kardashian of journalism.
    Useless masturbation.

    • Julia D. Williams

      the sheer lack of the ability that people who can obviously read seem to have to recognize satire amazes me daily

  • gholden

    One million supporters in Philadelphia, surrounding the convention centre and media buildings might make Bernie’s support hard to ignore. Chanting loudly enough that people have to strain to hear the speakers. The press only getting through the throng if the feed goes live. Would love to see everyone wearing t-shirts that show the differences between the exit polls and the vote counts.

  • Peggy Scarborough

    California is NOT a white state and Hillary will win it!! Get your facts right!!

  • Jesse

    Good job on the title. This will probably shoot to the top of the news before they realize it’s PRO Sanders.. haha