A promotional tweet became a political sensation on Friday; when Senator Bernie Sanders responded to pop star Ariana Grande's tweet, the Internet slice of good pop and left politics exploded.
Grande, who is included in the remix of "Good As," Fucking Face, tweeted a line from that song on Friday: "dear how are you feeling."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) , who recently endorsed Sanders' bid for president, jumped into the conversation, promoting the progressive politics she and Sanders are known for as the Green New Deal, using some of Grande's biggest hits.
Ariana's dance party, "writes Okazio-Cortez." Thank u, next: Replace health insurance with profit w / #MedicareForAll. is a woman: cross out Hyde's correction Break Free: Student loan debt forgiveness Be well: Accept a green new deal! "
Progressive policies like Ariana's dance party:
thank u, next: Replacing Health Insurance with Profit w / #MedicareForAll
God is a Woman: Delay the Hyde Correction
Free Vacation: Debt on Student Loan Debt
Be Well: Go Green with a New Deal!
̵1; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 25, 2019
Sanders is hoping for a new impulse after taking a break from the campaign
While Grande's tweet is not the kind of full throat that Sanders has won from other performers like Killer Mike and Cardi B, it's still a boon for The senator's presidential ambitions are coming at a time when he hopes to win the ballot.
He did not take advantage of the increase in support of his rival Senator Elizabeth Warren after seeing his support remain about 16 percent for months, according to an average estimate by RealClearPolitics. And he was briefly forced to rest earlier this month after suffering a heart attack.
After his recovery, Sanders organized an aggressive return campaign. "I'm back," he told a crowd of 25,000 who turned out to be a huge rally last week in Queens, New York, at which Oxasio-Cortez – one of the Democratic Party's rising stars – officially endorsed it.
Sanders also received the approval of rap. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and will be joined in a rally Sunday by Rep. Rashida Tleib (D-MI) – Both deputies are members of a group of young, progressive women in Congress often known as the troop.
Other influential public figures add support. Musician Jack White will join the Thleib at a Detroit rally in support of Sanders on Sunday, for example. Cardy B joined Sanders on the campaign trail and filmed videos with him. The rapper T.I. also expressed his support for the candidate The View on Friday, and rapper Kidd Kudi voiced support for Sanders' plan to federal decriminalize marijuana.
While Chris Wade, producer of the progressive podcast Chapo Traffhaus put it, Sanders "gathers a set of killer festivals."
Supporting these figures can help Sanders get around newer, younger and more diverse voters who are increasingly drawn to progressive politics in general. And as Sean Collins of Vox reports, the support of well-known progressive figures such as the squad can be crucial for Sanders at this stage of the campaign:
Omar and Ocasio-Cortes could also be instrumental in helping strengthen Sanders, especially if they act as his surrogates. Both are vocal members of their cacus, who are seen as rising stars. Everyone – thanks in part to the attacks on them by Trump and other Republicans – has high name recognition and big social media followings through which they are able to connect and influence Democrats nationwide. and to differentiate himself from fellow liberal candidate Warren, something he sometimes struggled to do. He told ABC & # 39; s Meet Press last week, one key difference between the two is that "Elizabeth, I think, as you know, said she was a capitalist through her bones. I'm not. "With two of the Democratic Party's most famous progressives now in his camp, Sanders can offer further proof that he, not Warren, is the candidate who best describes progressive ideas.
Unlike Cardy, Beyonce, Kanye or even Taylor Swift, who recently dipped her foot in electoral approvals, Ariana Grande was not particularly hot on public policy issues. Among a legion of fans of her music, however, she has a huge influence. In fact, Grande is the most followed woman on Instagram. If she starts to feel Burn and seriously post about the candidate, perhaps an unused fan base might be motivated to become a Democratic socialist from Vermont.