Brooklyn

Going after Hillary on her home turf.

Via NY Daily News:

Brooklyn was Bernin’ Saturday as Bernie Sanders’ campaign opened a hometown headquarters with a raucous rally, some political canvassing and a good old-fashioned block party.

Supporters of the Democratic presidential hopeful — who won’t quite let Hillary Clinton run away with the nomination — showed up to the Sanders lovefest in force. They packed Eighth St. near Third Ave. in Gowanus, grooved to hip hop and house music, and waved “Feel the Bern” signs.

Racial justice and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour was one of the first to address the fired-up crowd.

“As a Muslim American, I am proud to put my vote behind the only Jewish candidate for President,” she said to roaring applause. “That’s how we do in Brooklyn, N.Y.”

Though the Vermont senator was campaigning in Madison, Wis., the opening of Sanders’ Brooklyn office felt more like a festival than a political event.

Food trucks dished up local delicacies as Sanders was touted as the people’s candidate. The one-story red brick structure serving as the Sanders New York HQ seemed a world away from rival Clinton’s 11th-floor national headquarters in Brooklyn Heights.

“I’m supporting Bernie because he speaks to my people,” said Brooklyn City Councilman Rafael Espinal. “When Bernie speaks, he speaks about the people who are not being represented in Washington, D.C.”

Sanders, who grew up in a heavily Jewish neighborhood off Kings Highway, hasn’t hidden his Brooklyn roots, and his obvious accent has been a crowd pleaser at his rallies across the country.

The 74-year-old’s proletariat principles and message of economic equality have made him a hit with voters facing hard times.

“Younger people who come out with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt are looking at the economy and seeing a system that does not work,” said 32-year-old Brooklynite Joe Dinkin. “It’s incredibly appealing, the fact that (Sanders) listens to the masses instead of just a wealthy few. “Bernie is speaking our language.”

Mary Fitzgerald, 54, a nurse from the Bronx, said Sanders is the only viable presidential candidate in her eyes.

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