IS BERNIE SANDERS, 75, TOO OLD FOR 2020? HIS FIER­CEST FANS SAY NO

Pour ses plus fer­vents par­ti­sans, Bernie Sanders, 75 ans, n'est pas trop vieux pour les élec­tions de 2020

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Bernie Sanders a échoué face à Hilla­ry Clin­ton aux pri­maires du par­ti dé­mo­crate lors de la der­nière élec­tion pré­si­den­tielle amé­ri­caine. Le sé­na­teur du Ver­mont a néan­moins réa­li­sé une cam­pagne ayant per­mis de mo­bi­li­ser de nom­breux mi­li­tants, jeunes pour la plu­part, qui es­pèrent bien que cet homme de 75 ans ose­ra se pré­sen­ter à nou­veau… en 2020 !

CHI­CA­GO — With their idol tur­ning 79 in 2020, some fans of Sen. Bernie Sanders who had ga­the­red for the se­cond an­nual People’s Sum­mit were thin­king wist­ful­ly about the next pro­gres­sive he­ro who could take the pre­si­den­tial ba­ton but ma­ny of the most ar­dent Sanders fans re­main la­ser- 1. Sen. = Se­na­tor / to ga­ther se réunir / wist­ful­ly mé­lan­co­li­que­ment / pro­gres­sive pro­gres­siste / ba­ton té­moin (course de re­lais) /

fo­cu­sed on him. Nel­son Man­de­la, they no­ted, be­came pre­sident of South Afri­ca in his 70s. And Sanders is the on­ly can­di­date they trust.

2.“That man is like su­per­hu­man,” said Joy Man­beck, 38, of Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, who got a tat­too of a finch and the word “re­vo­lu­tion” on her arm af­ter a finch lan­ded on Sanders’ lec­tern du­ring a cam­pai­gn speech last year. “He still plays bas­ket­ball. He walks to work. I don’t care. I want him. Pe­riod. I want Bernie.”

PRO­GRES­SIVE DE­MO­CRATS

3. Sup­por­ters like Man­beck could hold the key to De­mo­cra­tic uni­ty as the par­ty tries to re­group af­ter its stun­ning loss to Trump de­pri­ved it of all control in Wa­shing­ton. If Sanders de­clines a run in 2020, they will have to de­cide if they can get be­hind a new pro­gres­sive cham­pion in the De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty; if they will ac­cept the even­tual no­mi­nee, whoe­ver it is; or if they will take their pas­sions — and votes — el­sew­here.

4.Sanders’ wife, Jane, said in an in­ter­view that he had not ru­led out run­ning again and had re­mai­ned ac­tive, tra­ve­ling and ad­vo­ca­ting po­li­cies that help wor­king-class people. “Ageism is the last ‘ism’ that seems to be ac­cep­table to people, and I ne­ver felt that it was whe­ther so­me­bo­dy was too young or too old,” Jane Sanders said. “You win some. You lose some. And you keep on going and maybe you can win the next one.”

5.He would, af­ter all, be on­ly a year ol­der than for­mer Vice Pre­sident Joe Bi­den. And Trump, the ol­dest Ame­ri­can to as­sume the pre­si­den­cy, will him­self turn 74 in 2020.

TOO OLD?

6. But away from the bois­te­rous People’s Sum­mit in Chi­ca­go in June, some Sanders fans conce­ded their wor­ries and sug­ges­ted

that the se­na­tor should fo­cus on ba­cking youn­ger, fresh-fa­ced can­di­dates to push the De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty left­ward.

7.Max Weiss, a 19-year-old so­pho­more at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Il­li­nois at Ur­ba­na-Cham­pai­gn and the com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for the De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty chap­ter on cam­pus, said he ho­ped Sanders would not run be­cause it would be un­heal­thy for the par­ty, which bad­ly needs new faces.

8.He said he gets ex­ci­ted thin­king about De­mo­crats on the rise around the coun­try, like Jon Os­soff, who is run­ning in a House spe­cial elec­tion out­side At­lan­ta, as well as Sens. Al Fran­ken of Min­ne­so­ta and Kirs­ten E. Gilli­brand of New York, who have not yet run for pre­sident. “Sanders has the star power right now,” Weiss said. “He could trans­fer that to other can­di­dates.”

9.While the next pre­si­den­tial elec­tion is years away, Sanders is ur­ging his li­be­ral sup­por­ters to stay en­ga­ged. “We may have lost the elec­tion in 2016, but there is no ques­tion that we have won the bat­tle of ideas, and we are conti­nuing that bat­tle — and that is, bro­thers and sis­ters, no small thing,” Sanders said last month to rau­cous cheers. “The De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty must fi­nal­ly un­ders­tand which side it is on, and that can­not be the side of Wall Street or the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try or the drug com­pa­nies.” 10.For some, the emo­tions of 2016 re­main raw. Brean­na Spi­te­ri-Phil­lips, 37, a cook from Jack­son, Mi­chi­gan, be­gan to cry as she thought about Sanders’ loss to Hilla­ry Clin­ton in the De­mo­cra­tic pri­ma­ries. Spi­te­riP­hil­lips even­tual­ly vo­ted for the Green Par­ty can­di­date, Jill Stein, in the ge­ne­ral elec­tion. “He is the on­ly ho­nest can­di­date that I have seen in the last 20 years,” Spi­te­riP­hil­lips said as she wi­ped her eyes. “I’m not concer­ned about his age. He’s been ki­cking butt for the last 70 years.”

11.For now, Jane Sanders said, her hus­band is not thin­king about 2020. She said he was making sure the De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty takes up is­sues that af­fect wor­king-class fa­mi­lies and fights po­li­cies by Trump that would wor­sen eco­no­mic in­equa­li­ty. “I’m ener­gi­zed by the re­si­lience of the mes­sage of the cam­pai­gn,” Jane Sanders said. “Our fo­cus is we’re not going to lose any ground. We’re not going to stop.”

12.War­ren, ano­ther well-known pro­gres­sive se­na­tor who has open­ly chal­len­ged Trump, is a lo­gi­cal heir to Sanders’ mo­ve­ment. But a few Sanders fans re­main frus­tra­ted that she did not en­dorse him du­ring the pri­ma­ry and is see­min­gly more re­ser­ved than the freew­hee­ling, scruf­fy Ver­mon­ter.

13.Meanw­hile, even as Bernie and Jane Sanders say they want to fo­cus on trans­for­ming the De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty, Bernie Sanders hin­ted that he might have ano­ther run in him. While ans­we­ring a ques­tion about how to keep going af­ter a loss, Sanders re­coun­ted that he lost ma­ny elec­tions be­fore being elec­ted mayor of Bur­ling­ton, Ver­mont, and la­ter to Con­gress. “Per­sis­tence is ex­tre­me­ly im­por­tant,” Sanders said. “Yeah, you run and you lose. So what?”

(John Min­chil­lo/AP/SI­PA)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks du­ring a "Care Not Cuts" ral­ly in sup­port of the Af­for­dable Care Act, Sun­day, Ju­ly 9, 2017, in Co­ving­ton, Ky.

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