Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon introduced Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in Vernon’s Wisconsin hometown of Eau Claire this morning (April 2).
Addressing the crowd of an estimated 3,400 people, he said, “Hi everybody. I’m very honoured to be here today. We have an immense freedom in this nation, and with that freedom comes the greatest responsibility known to the people on this planet. That’s why I’m here to introduce Senator Sanders.
“With the vacancy in the office of the President of the United States there lies an opportunity. For some of the candidates I feel the personal and political nature of this opportunity has eclipsed their obligation to the people and some have lost sight of the idea that every person is created equal. That every person has the right to have their life protected within the integrity of justice, their liberties celebrated and their pursuit of happiness fully allowed.
“I feel that Senator Sanders looks at this as not a personal opportunity but as a charge with which only he has the courage and ability to fulfil. We have this great country. We have this human chance to take care of this freedom. To make good on its promise. To do what others couldn’t do before us. Like rid our beautiful constitution of any financial corporate chokehold. To free our lawmakers so they can use their brains and their hearts, not their pocketbooks, as guides. So we can go on knowing our country is in it for the people, not just some people’s money.
“I cannot imagine a more important task, a task that if completed would have incalculable positive effects on our communities, every community, every race, every gender, every person with an American dream. So it is my deep and noble honour to introduce the person who I believe can accomplish this in our name, Senator Bernie Sanders.”
See the speech below:
Justin Vernon comes out to introduce Bernie in a hoodie, typical. pic.twitter.com/4Mbo5oRqiu
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Sanders has also drawn the support of musicians including Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike, Foo Fighters, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Dirty Projectors.
In February Sanders shared a musician-heavy list of more than 120 celebrities who endorsed his candidacy. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig has commented, “I see a consistency in him that’s rare in most human beings, let alone politicians.”
Michael Stipe is a longtime supporter of Sanders and last month spoke about his support for the relatively left-leaning candidate.
Sanders is currently battling Hilary Clinton for the Democratic nomination and has gathered a host of support from people in the artistic community.
Stipe spoke about his backing to Rolling Stone, saying “He’s the senator who has consistently voted the way I would if I were a politician, and who has stood firm in his position and belief.”
Stipe continued, “In art and in music, I seek out and listen for honesty and realness. That’s why I’m backing Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. In politics, he is the person who is offering me the most honesty and the most realness.”