Bernie Sanders takes aim at young voters at Affton rally - KMOV.com

Bernie Sanders takes aim at young voters at Affton rally

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AFFTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- More than 2,000 supporters of Bernie Sanders packed inside Affton High School – some of them forced into an overflow room – to hear the Senator from Vermont speak in preparation for Tuesday’s primary in Missouri. 

Famed actor Danny DeVito introduced Sanders to the raucous crowd.

The theme of the senator’s speech was money.  He’s calling for an end to the growing gap between the rich and the poor.  He’s calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage.  He’s calling for equal pay for women.  He’s calling for free tuition at public universities.  He’s calling for an end to outrageous student loans in this country.

Sanders says sometimes the truth about what’s broken in this country is not fun to hear.

“A lot of the things that are going on in this country are wrong and a lot of people are being hurt,” Sanders said to the packed house. “Unless we have the courage to look at reality there is no way that we can rectify the problems and go forward.”

“What democracy is not about is billionaires buying elections.”

Sanders says the economy is rigged in this country and specifically called out the Walton family, owner of Walmart and the single wealthiest family in the entire country.  The senator says because the Walton family pays their employees such little money a lot of them are forced to go on Medicaid, food stamps and subsidized housing.

Considering the citizens of the United States pay for that government assistance Sanders says “that’s what a rigged economy is - when working class families subsidize the wealthiest family in America.”

Supporters waited in line all morning long to get a look at Bernie Sanders at Affton High School.  Some waited since as early as 12:30 in the morning for an afternoon speech.  They believe the biggest problem this country faces today is, indeed, all tied to money.

“It’s just the corporate greed.  How many zeroes does everybody need?  Let’s take care of the people first and let everything else fall into place,” Andrew Boerschig said.

Bernie Sanders currently trails Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination. 

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