Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a video message Friday willing his supporters to “fight back” against President Donald Trump as “effectively and as vigorously as we can.”
“Today is going to be a tough day for millions of Americans, including myself,” Sanders said in a video posted to Twitter. “But our response has got to be not to throw up our hands in despair, not to give up but in fact to fight back as effectively and as vigorously as we can.”
Sanders—who campaigned vigorously against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination on a platform that, at times, overlapped with President Trump’s—told his supporters their job under the new administration “is to keep their eyes on the prize.”
“And the prize is that we will continue fighting for a government that represents all of us and not just the one percent,” Sanders said. “We are going to keep going forward in the fight for economic, social, environmental and racial justice.”
“That’s who we are, that’s what we’re going to do. We are not giving up,” Sanders concluded.
The Vermont senator was a ferocious opponent of Trump’s throughout the general election, at one point referring to him as a “demagogue” and the “most dangerous” candidate ever. After Trump’s election, Sanders vowed to “vigorously oppose” the president should he pursue a “racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies.”
But, Sander vowed, should the president “have the guts” to fight corporate America, “he will have an ally with me.”
Sanders also tweeted a thank you message to former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle:
The entire First Family represented our country with extraordinary dignity, grace and civility over the last eight years. Thank you.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 20, 2017
Watch Sanders’ video message below, via Twitter.
Rosh Hashanah services interrupted by death of the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court
The death of the first Jewish woman on the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted Rosh Hashanah services on Friday evening.
"On Friday, Jewish people around the country celebrating Rosh Hashanah were stunned to learn that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent member of their own tribe, had died," the HuffPost reported. "People received alerts, Zoom messages and announcements from their rabbis about Ginsburg Friday night."
While many people were saddened by the passing of the iconic jurist, Twitter user Leora Horwitz noted a silver lining.
‘Big mistake’: Trump’s favorite pollster tells Fox News why Republicans shouldn’t push nomination before the election
Fox News on Friday examined why it would be a "big mistake" for Republicans to attempt to force through a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Following Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that Trump's nominee would receive a vote, but did not specify whether it would occur before the election or during the "lame duck" session of Congress that occurs before the 2020 election victors are sworn in.
But conservative pollster Scott Rasmussen warned Republicans it would be a bad idea during an appearance with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020