Bernie Sanders, the seventy-eight-year-old senator from Vermont, did not emerge as the Democratic nominee in either of his two presidential bids (in 2016, and 2020), but he is said to have reshaped the American politics with his youth-led movement for sweeping a much-needed change in the country.
When Bernie Sanders first started seriously entertaining the prospect of bidding for the presidency, in 2014, he never used phrases like, ‘As President, I will…’, or ‘When I am President…’, instead he always talked about building movements and educating people. Even when he announced his candidacy, one would have expected a big rally in his home state, but all he did was walk out of the Senate, and held a ten-minute conference with a scrum of reporters, and headed back to work. So, the first words of his ‘political revolution’ were, ‘We don’t have an endless amount of time. I’ve got to get back.’