Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lost the state of Missouri by 1,531 votes. He’s challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Before polls open Tuesday, Sanders made three stops in Missouri. His rally in Affton on Sunday morning drew 2,291 supports, according to the campaign. Affton High School, where the rally was held, has 860 students enrolled, so many people experienced the rally in a different room. As the doors to Affton High School gymnasium were getting ready to open, the line to get in wrapped from the front doors of the high school all the way around the building. While Sanders didn’t do well in the state, he did win Boone County with 60 percent of the votes.
Sanders supporters file into the packed gymnasium with homemade signs.
A Sanders supporter holds up a “Black Lives Matter” sign while in the stands of the gymnasium at Affton High School.
A family that came out to show support at the rally takes a selfie on the floor of the gymnasium before the rally begins.
Danny DeVito made a surprise guest appearance to introduce Sanders before the rally. “We need you Obi-Wan,” DeVito said.
A roaring crowd of over 2,000 supporters chant “Bernie” as they welcome Sanders to the stage.
Sanders speaks to the packed crowd in the Affton High School gymnasium while others were only able to experience the rally in a spill-over room.
Sanders speaks about the nation’s economy at his rally in Affton High School on March 13. “We have the highest rate of income and wealth inequality of almost every major country on earth and the gap between the very, very rich and everybody else is growing wider,” he said.
A Sanders supporter holds up a head cut-out of the presidential candidate.
One of the points Sanders discussed was voter turnout and the ‘political revolution’ that this election season has created. “And that is part of what the political revolution is about. It’s getting people to stand up, fight back and create a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent.”
Sanders also spent part of his time speaking discussing his perceived corruptions in our economy today. “That one family owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people.”
One supporter holds a sign with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that reads, “Anyone who lives in the U.S. can never be considered an outsider within its bounds.”
A supporter holds up one of the signs that were handed out during the rally that reads “A future to believe in.” Sanders has focused his campaign on changing the way issues are approached and how to make the future of America better.
One topic that has been consistent in the Sanders campaign is the idea of having the best chance to beat Donald Trump. Sanders continued that idea during this rally by saying, “In almost, not all, but almost all of these polls we do much better we do much better against Trump than Hillary Clinton.”
As Sanders was putting a close on his speech, many of the supporters raised their arms above the crowd and formed hearts with their hands.