Will the Bernie brigade show up for Biden in November?
When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders finally announced he was suspending his campaign -- but oddly, that he will remain on the ballot and collect delegates -- the news hit his supporters understandably hard.
Despite Sanders' clear lack of viability over the past month, and a pandemic that paralyzed his and all political campaigns, his proponents reacted to the news with varied degrees of sadness, appreciation and defiance.
Comedian Sarah Silverman: "Wow. I'm heartbroken about Bernie."
Democratic Socialist activist Meagan Day: "Bernie Sanders upended American politics and we're never going back thank god."
Record producer and Sanders supporter Tommie Sunshine tweeted: "Don't get it twisted, @BernieSanders is still on the ballot in every Primary yet to vote & I will get to vote for him in NY."
"Rising" co-host and Sanders supporter Krystal Ball said, "Bernie Sanders suspending his campaign. I respect his decision but I think this is the wrong move."
And Sanders campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray mused, "On the plus side, I can drop the 'Democratic' from my tweets about why Socialism is good."
Many Sanders supporters have already said they will vote for the Democrats' presumptive nominee, Joe Biden, and Sanders himself motioned at party unity in his announcement, saying, "Today I congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward." Notably, however, Sanders did not endorse Biden.
Getting Sanders supporters, many of whom are notoriously loyal and pugilistic (see Bros, Bernie) to transfer their enthusiasm over to Biden will be no small challenge for a candidate who many progressives see as insufficiently liberal. In the past few months, Sanders supporters had also mounted an effort to question Biden's mental acuity.
Biden will make the effort, as he suggested today. But there's a subset of Sanders supporters who were all in on Bernie, and no one else will do. Their tweets came in fast and furious, too.