When Asked About DNC Unity Tour, Bernie Sanders Said, ‘I Know What Happened During My Campaign’
Bernie Sanders answered journalist Dena Takruri’s questions about his involvement with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in a one-on-one interview recently. Takruri asked Sanders some of ...

Bernie Sanders answered journalist Dena Takruri’s questions about his involvement with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in a one-on-one interview recently. Takruri asked Sanders some of the uncomfortable questions that the mainstream media rarely asks Sanders.

“I know what happened during my campaign,” Sen. Bernie Sanders acknowledged when the journalist stated that many supporters feel that the DNC undermined Sanders’ presidential campaign. She didn’t mince words in telling Sanders that some progressives aren’t happy seeing Sanders on a unity tour with the DNC.

“They say, ‘This is a party that burned you, that undermined your campaign, that is not moving to the left. that has not learned its lessons from the election. Why waste your time on them?‘”

Sanders admitted that her question was a good, fair question. Then, Sanders told her that he can’t let it get personal for him. He told her that he is doing what he feels is the right thing to do for the future of the planet and for our families.

“We don’t take these things personal,” Sanders said, acknowledging that he knows how unfairly he was treated by the DNC during his presidential campaign.

He told her that he also knows what President Trump “and his extreme right-wing billionaire friends are capable of doing to this country.”
When Punk Rock Is More Patriotic Than The President
A night out with Green Day, Against Me!, and a nation seeking catharsis in ‘Troubled Times’
By Hilary Hughes

Green Day and Against Me! can’t check out of the real world, unread the headlines, or shake off the creeping dread that’s been weighing on them since November 9, and they don’t expect you to, either. Billie Joe Armstrong sings about this on Green Day’s recent single “Troubled Times“ — “Where’s the truth in the written word / If no one reads it?” — but in lieu of performing the song at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 15, he made a passionate plea directly to the band’s fans.

“I’m so sick of turning on the news and seeing all this bullshit,” Armstrong shouted, while bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool riffed behind him. “Watching cable news, seeing it on your Facebook page, seeing it everywhere you look — there are conspiracies and lies and corruption sitting in our pockets right now. We can look at it anytime we want, just to piss us off. But guess what? I’m not gonna let some man in a suit and tie that’s WAY TOO LONG for him try to say that there’s only one type of America.”

The crowd of 18,000 roared.

“This is not about who’s conservative and who’s liberal, or what race you are,” he continued. “This is not about what religion you are, or if you’re an atheist. This is about being together, everybody, here, tonight. We’re going to leave all this shit behind us. We’re going to rub up against each other. We’re going to look each other in the eyes. We’re going to sing together. We’re going to dance together. We’re going to fucking cry together. Goddamnit, this is an experience — and it’s all about unity.”

The Revolution Radio tour takes its name from Green Day’s twelfth studio album, which dropped a month before the election and put forth empowering, pacifist, and unflinching anthems in “Bang Bang,” “Still Breathing,” and “Troubled Times.” (These resonated with listeners, too: Revolution Radio was the top album in the country the week of its release.) This stretch of the jaunt, set to wrap on April 8 in San Diego, runs on a refreshed sense of political urgency from both Green Day and Against Me! Both bands are experienced in the fields of activism and speaking truth to power via power chords.

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We survived week 1 of the Unity Tour!!! Can’t wait for more shenanigans to come  


AU Where Clarke, Octavia and Bellamy are nothing more than a bunch of teenagers who’d rather sneak out to concerts than study for their exams. Octavia snags a couple extra tickets to see The 100 perform The Dropship friday night, on their Unity Day tour. And the young girl has had it with the tension between her older brother and her best friend. They need a push in the right direction, so she conjures up the perfect plan to help them out. Running off and sending them on a wild goose chase to find her, directing them with vague clues through texts, Octavia helps the pair discover what absolute morons they are over each other. And she even makes a few friends along the way.   

I want a political AU in which Jonny and Patrick are running against each other in the Democratic Primary.

Jonny is the whip-smart Harvard graduate who knows everything there is to know about economics and international relations. He comes across a little stiff and awkward on TV but in person he’s incredibly magnetic, a natural born leader.

Patrick is the idealist who focuses on social issues and rebuilding broken systems like social security and welfare. He’s incredibly charismatic, the charming Stanford grad that they’re already calling a visionary who makes even the most jaded Washington statesmen believe in the system again.

And they’re rivals, at each other’s throats for votes because they both know that the primary is where the real race is. Except, well, the passive aggressive attack ads are just driving voters away and now even the deeply unpopular far right Republican candidates are polling higher than them.

So what does sunshine child Brandon Saad, Jonny’s campaign manager, suggest? A national unity tour: aka Jonny and Pat squished onto the same bus for five weeks as they roll across the country, giving speeches and holding rallies and participating in community events in the name of Democratic unity.

Patrick had always assumed Jonny was uptight, that he only cared about the numbers and not the people. But Jonny enthusiastically participates in a pie eating contest and surfaces with a whipped cream beard but beams and poses for pictures anyway. He talks, very seriously, to farmers about their crops and jokingly hefts the county’s largest squash like it weights ninety pounds, not thirty. He hops his way through a three-legged race with an eight year old girl as his partner. Worst of all, people just always seem to hand Jonny babies and he beams at them and tickles their tummies and Patrick is so, so weak.

No, the actual worst is Jonny first thing in the morning after a bumpy night of travel, bleary-eyed and buried under four blankets and deeply disgruntled, gorgeous doe eyes narrowed into tiny, angry slits. By day three, Patrick knows exactly how Jonny takes his coffee. By week two, he has a five-step plan for coaxing Jonny out of bed and into his dark suit and blue tie of the day.

After a rally in New Hampshire, their last stop of the tour, they’re both amped up from the shouting of the crowd, the wave of love and passion and belief that had rolled through the stadium with every word they spoke. And Patrick just - he can’t help himself. He’s running for president because he believes that he should be president. But Jonny, Jonny with his bright eyes and ringing words, Jonny is making him believe in him too.

And so he leans across the tiny table in their shitty bus kitchenette and kisses Jonny with even more passion than a crowd of twenty thousand supporters, kisses Jonny because Patrick has always dreamed of being president, of making this country into what it should be, but maybe now he has a different dream, a smaller dream, a dream that’s been at his fingertips for weeks but that he’s been too afraid to reach for.

The national unity tour was to rehabilitate their images. They weren’t supposed to actually start liking each other. They certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love.