Stonewall Riots veteran and pioneer Miss Major just gave Bernie Sanders a crucial endorsement
As centrist candidates suspend campaigns to spur unity, left-leaning Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has received a potent endorsement from Stonewall veteran Miss Major.
Sitting in her home surrounded by perfume bottles, polished knick-knacks and unicorn figurines, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy delivered Monday a brief but sharply worded video message to her followers: “Go Bernie!”
She also led the Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) which works to “challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against TGI people in California prisons, jails, detention centres and beyond”.
Griffin-Gracy throwing her support to the Vermont senator comes as multiple candidates dramatically bowed out from the once clogged-up race, ratcheting up tensions and lifting the political fortunes of liberal front-runner and former vice president Joe Biden. This strengthened moderate voting bloc will, some political analysts say, potentially form a stronger opposition to Sanders in the primaries.
What did Miss Major Griffin-Gracy say?
“Go Bernie!” she rallied, “you must vote for Bernie Sanders.
— Miss Major (@immissmajor) March 2, 2020
“He’s the best guy to beat Donald Trump and that’s the most important thing in this election – beating Donald Trump.
“So, please, take my advice and let’s vote for Bernie Sanders.
“Go Bernie!” Griffin-Gracy repeated, chuckling.
“I’m proud to stand with you in the fight for justice and dignity for all,” Sanders wrote Tuesday on Twitter, thanking her for the endorsement.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 3, 2020
‘Listen to trans elders about who they’re supporting.’
Sanders’ robust roster of support have included pop superstar Ariana Grande in the past, but finding an ally in a trans activist of more than 40 years proved potent to many. Especially to queer folk of colour at a time where a spectre of violence continues to haunt one of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in the country.
— Jillian Johnson? (@JillianDURM) March 3, 2020
LISTEN TO TRANS ELDERS ABOUT WHO THEY'RE SUPPORTING
Follow their lead. https://t.co/vXPAdLOrVW
— Grace Thomas (@GraceGThomas) March 3, 2020
She’s no doja cat, lady Gaga, Charli xcx, but she is the reason why you’re free to express your gender today. She is the reason why you can love your gay partner today in public. She’s the reason why we aren’t discriminated in the work place. She’s the reason. Miss Major. Legend. https://t.co/tqr8ewDfnQ
— ✨ (@fat_fggt) March 3, 2020
What comes next for Bernie Sanders?
It all comes down to Super Tuesday, where a sizeable chunk of delegates will vote on who they believe could unseat Trump.
In the shrinking field of candidates – once clogged with more than two dozen – just five remain now.
Candidates are going into full tilt for Super Tuesday today, with three moderates left and Sanders and Maschustests senator Elizabeth Warren repping the left-leaning Democrats.
Sanders has steered ahead in polls and previous caucus votes, and the crucial question hanging above the four-piece are whether the withdrawn campaigns and allegiances will have any impact at all.
Millions of voters across 13 states and one territory – including the battlegrounds of California and Texas – will take to the polls. Biden’s support is growing, but Sanders’ fund-raising has far outpaced other candidates.