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Attacking Trump and Billionaires, Sanders Draws Thousands in Fresno
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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November 16, 2019

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In his second day of a California weekend swing, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stopped at Fresno City College, hitting the high notes of his populist campaign.
The U.S. Senator from Vermont attacked President Donald Trump.
“We must defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders said.
He then went on a barrage of insults against Trump, calling him a bigot, racist, xenophobe, homophobe and many other -phobes, much to the crowd’s delight.
Sanders’ staff estimated the crowd at 2,700.

A Variety of Campaign Topics

After leading off with Trump, Sanders told the crowd about many of his ideas to “transform this country” in his 35-minute speech.
Among his ideas — holding billionaires accountable, noting they will pay their fair share. He talked about a $15 an hour minimum wage, a first-class education system, and the right to join unions.
He also vowed to make higher education tuition free and cancel student debt. It would be paid for a “modest tax on Wall Street speculation.” Sanders did not offer any specifics.
Sanders criticized the country’s health care system, calling it a disgrace.
“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders said. He advocated for his Medicare for All single payer plan.
Sanders then delved into the Green New Deal and climate change, the official theme of the evening’s speech.
“Climate change is real. It is caused by human activity. It is already causing devastating problems all over the world,” Sanders aid.
His solution is to invest a trillion dollars in infrastructure, especially for clean water — an issue pertinent in the Central Valley.
Other topics discussed included criminal justice reform, nationwide legalization of marijuana, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and comprehensive immigration reform.
“I ask you to join the political revolution. I ask you to defeat Trump. I ask you to transform this country so that we have an economy and a government that work for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors,” Sanders said in in conclusion.

Greeted by Campus President

Security was high for Sanders’ visit. Despite the event being in a public portion of campus, rallygoers had to pass through metal detectors. Barricades sealed off the Veterans Memorial Peace Lawn, with campaign handlers ushering out people who didn’t belong in certain sections, like the press pen, and areas designated for invited guests.
When Sanders arrived, he walked into the cafeteria building, greeted by FCC president Carole Goldsmith. She presented him with FCC gear, which she tells GV Wire she paid for out of her own pocket.
Goldsmith, in her brief chat with Sanders, talked about the quality of education FCC provides, and its funding problems at the state level.


Kingsburg city councilwoman Jewel Hurtado introduced Sanders.

Kingsburg city councilwoman Jewel Hurtado introduces Sanders (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

Third Candidate to Visit Fresno

Sanders became the third presidential candidate to visit Fresno during this election cycle. Julián Castro spoke at the Fresno County Democratic Party dinner in May. Pete Buttigieg visited in June.
Originally scheduled to speak in October, Sanders had to cancel his initial appearance after suffering a heart attack. He returned to the campaign trail a short time later.

Bernie Sanders supporters cheered during his speech at Fresno City College (GV Wire/David Taub)

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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