Only one presidential candidate has consistently challenged the establishment and fought for the working class. Nina Turner explains why there’s no substitute for Bernie.
On my way in while I was on the train, I was listening to another New Yorker, and I was thinking about Senator Bernard Sanders, all that he has been through, and the fact that his first major rally with the people is in Queens.
I was thinking about a brother by the name of LL Cool J. Can I just quote you some of these words?
Don’t call it a comeback
I’ve been here for years
Talk about Senator Sanders is back? He’s been here.
Don’t call this a regular jam
I’m gonna rock this land, this world, and take it by storm
That’s Senator Bernard Sanders. Brother LL also said, “and I’m just getting warm.” How many of you feel the Bern? Now, here’s the most important part:
I’m gonna knock you out
Mama said knock you out
BY NINA TURNER
I was born to teenage parents who got married young and divorced early. My mother raised me herself, along with my six younger siblings, in Cleveland, and life wasn’t easy even in the best of times. At age 42, she died, and it fell on me, then aged 22 and working minimum wage, to take care of all of us. At the time, I was newly married with a baby son. And I was deeply afraid for our future.
My mother was born into a solidly middle-class family, but, as all too many Americans understand, everything doesn’t always go as planned—no matter how hard you work. She died on welfare. Without the support of the state, I shudder to think of where we would have ended up. As is true for millions of Americans, the social safety net saved us. It saved my mother when she was raising her children, and it saved us after she was gone. If not for food stamps, Medicaid, and various job programs, I would never have gone on to be the first in my family to go to college, the first black woman to represent my ward on the Cleveland City Council, and, ultimately, a State Senator.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner announced Thursday she would take a leave of absence from her position as president of Our Revolution to serve as co-chair of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.
Turner, a Democrat, has been a staunch public ally of Sanders, an independent running as a Democrat, since Sanders’ 2016 run for president. As president of Our Revolution, the political group birthed out of Sanders’ 2016 campaign, she’s become a nationally known figure tasked with keeping enthusiasm alive for the 77-year-old Sanders’ political platform.
Turner, president of the nonprofit Our Revolution, which is aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.), told Hill.TV that she can’t stand when politicians try to talk down to voters, particularly those in rural communities, and called on Democrats to change this kind of rhetoric.
On Sunday's edition of CNN's 'State of the Union' panel, Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator and current president of progressive PAC "Our Revolution," suggested anti-Semitism was "in the DNA of America."
In a panel discussion led by Jake Tapper on the shooting Saturday at a Jewish Temple in Pittsburgh, Turner said, "the president is [not] responsible for any individual’s reaction or actions," but "he is responsible for the type of climate that he has created since he started running for president to this very point."