Sanders Brings His Political Revolution Pitch to the Bronx

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:32 AM

"I'm so pleased that he came here because I live two blocks away!" the City College of NY learner told NBC News.

Sanders Brings His Political Revolution Pitch to the Bronx

S BRONX, New York — Dalia Viera-Gonzalez couldn't control her grin as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders concluded an electric speech in her NY City neighborhood.

"I'm so pleased that he came here because I live two blocks away!" the City College of NY learner told NBC News.

"I've never seen anything love that before," she added.

The VT senator treated his first major rally in NY City of two thousand sixteen as a homecoming of sorts. Sanders was born in the city and grew up in Brooklyn.

"I am very pleased that I was born here in NY City!" Sanders said to uproarious cheers from the 10.500 people estimated by Sanders' event managers to have gathered in Saint Mary'south Park.

Around 8.000 extra people watched the candidate'south remarks on a huge screen on a nearby baseball field-turned overflow space.

The enthusiastic crowd was diverse and eclectic. Local artists brought puppets and dolls bearing resemblance to the 74-year-old self proclaimed democratic socialist. Youthful students sat on blankets and huddled together as the night got cooler. The odor of marijuana wafted over parts of the crowd.

"The Bronx is burning for Bernie Sanders!" said Alex Coss, a passionate Sanders fan of Puerto Rican decent who proudly sported a blue "Unidos con Bernie" sticker.

"The Bronx needs somebody to bring some hope … when you obtain someone love Bernie Sanders coming to the Bronx, you know it brings hope," Coss said.

Sanders made an effort to localize his stump speech for the audience in the largely Latino and African American S Bronx as the contentious April nineteen NY primary between him and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approaches.

Sanders explained that instead of investing money in places love Iraq through wars, as president he'd "invest in the S Bronx."

The presidential hopeful also said he wanted "every kid in the South Bronx" to be able to obtain quality pubic education and college education, noting that he himself went to public school in Brooklyn.

Sanders didn't go after Republican front-runner and New Yorker Donald Trump as he normally does in his campaign speeches, though he didn't keep back on his Democratic primary opponent.

"Secretary Clinton, then-U. S. Senator from New York … she voted for the war in Iraq!" Sanders said to boos from the crowd.

Sanders line against Clinton was mild, however, compared with the blistering attack from Sanders surrogate and famous actress and singer Rosario Dawson, who spoke before the senator took the stage.

Dawson first scolded Clinton for arguing that Sanders hadn't taken Trump'south controversial remarks on abortion "seriously" enough.

"Shame on you Hillary," she said.

Dawson also ventured where the official campaign seldom goes by bringing up Clinton'south ongoing email imbroglio.

"Well, yes, she's below FBI investigation, thank you" remarked the star, smiling while saying that Clinton is "about to be interviewed."

But during a campaign season where other campaign rallies have become heated, and in some cases violent, Viera-Gonzalez for one was simply happy to be at an embracing event that paid attention to her hometown.

"Everybody gathered here peacefully, it was wonderful, everyone was so nice," she said, "it really does bring hope and unity to the Bronx."

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