Bisexual singer Halsey just endorsed Bernie Sanders for president in a moving video
Bisexual singer-songwriter Halsey has endorsed Bernie Sanders for the presidency, saying he has been fighting for her rights since before she was born.
In a video shared by the Bernie Sanders campaign on Twitter, Halsey said: “I am officially endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.
“Bernie has been fighting for me since before I was alive – a queer woman in a multi-racial family who was raised poor in an American suburb.
A woman who got into the college of her dreams and couldn’t afford to go.
“A person physically tormented by a reproductive health disorder that I couldn’t afford to treat.
“A person who has repeatedly needed access to medical assistance, housing assistance, financial assistance, abortion, all before 21-years-old, just so I could stay alive.”
Halsey endorsed Bernie Sanders ‘for the girl who wasn’t protected’.
Halsey continued: “Now I’m considered fortunate, lucky even then, comparatively to the rest of the working class of America. And now my financial privilege protects me from the effects of marginalisation that would have previously been fatal for me.
“So today I fight for her too – that girl who wasn’t protected. And Bernie was fighting for me before I was even born, because that’s his philosophy, fight for somebody that you don’t know.”
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 10, 2020
Halsey said Sanders winning the presidency would “symbolise a revolutionary shift in the way that a government is supposed to work to mobilise and organise change that starts with the people, for the people”. She said that shift is “long overdue”.
Bernie was fighting for me before I was even born, because that’s his philosophy, fight for somebody that you don’t know.
“Bernie Sanders has not once relented in his pursuit of this activation. We deserve a president like that. We deserve a president like him.”
The bisexual singer-songwriter has previously spoken of her ‘love’ for Sanders.
This is not the first time the musician has expressed her support for Sanders. When the Vermont Senator fought for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Halsey said she loved him “so much”.
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“Bernie Sanders, who quite literally marched next to MLK, I feel is a really important candidate to have and an important role model for people to look up to,” she told Billboard in 2016.
Halsey opened up about her sexuality in a 2018 video shown at the GLAAD awards.
“I’m a young, bisexual woman, and I’ve spent a large part of my life trying to validate myself — to my friends, to my family, to myself — trying to prove that who I love and how I feel is not a phase,” she said.
“So I tried really hard to find the courage this year to write female pronouns into my music.”
Sanders is currently vying for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, but is considered to be behind Joe Biden following a surprise victory for the former vice-president on Super Tuesday.