Yesterday, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign released a video highlighting the senator’s recent endorsement by civil rights icon Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Rev. Jackson formally backed Sanders on Sunday before delivering remarks alongside the senator at a campaign rally with thousands of supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Using audio from yesterday’s rally, the video highlights Rev. Jackson’s decades of civil rights activism, including his historic run for the presidency in 1988－a race in which he received the endorsement of then Burlington, VT Mayor Bernie Sanders. In the video, Rev. Jackson draws parallels between the senator’s bold policy proposals and some of the landmark reforms supported by Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We never lose when we fight together. We must have a common agenda,” said Rev. Jackson. “There’s a lot of talk these days about democratic socialism. What does all that mean? Democracy, of, by, and for the people. We want a fair social spending budget. Roosevelt called it the Economic Bill of Rights, out of that came Social Security. Johnson called it the War on Poverty. Dr. King called it a job and income for every American. With Johnson, Roosevelt, Dr. King, we’re on the right page－thank God for Bernie Sanders.”