He may not have been hired to run the country, but Bernie Sanders could certainly make a career out of motivational speaking. The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate has remained noticeably vocal since losing out on last year's run for the White House. While he continues to fight for his ideals in Congress, Sanders' motivational tweets remind his supporters not to lose hope during the Trump era.
These days, Sanders is back in Congress, but he still spends a fair amount of time on the campaign trail — er, road. Shortly after the November election, Sanders released a new book. It's fittingly called Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, piggy-backing off the sensational campaign that he ran last year. Although he didn't win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, Sanders earned grassroots support from young voters and small donors across the country, making a name for himself and his platform. Now, he's promoting the book and his success through a book tour, and his stops in various cities sometimes look more like campaign rallies than book signings.
Sanders' hopeful message goes beyond the title of his new book. It's also in the tweets he shares online to his millions of followers. In 140-character bursts, Sanders reminds those followers not to let their discouragement with the Trump administration become inaction.
1. Fighting Back
It's no secret that Sanders doesn't see eye to eye with the current administration. Chances are, his followers don't either. With this sort of motivation, those followers are bound to stay active.
Sanders' response to the inauguration of President Trump was to empower his followers to do more.
3. Our Job
A vibrant democracy requires citizen participation.
Sanders' motivational message is for people of all backgrounds.
5. Going Forward
Sanders' tweets empower women and all Americans to stand up for their rights.
6. Brought Us Closer
A picture is worth a thousand words, but Sanders only needed 140 characters to sum this one up.
7. Every Generation
Sanders won over lots of young supporters during his campaign. He may not share their generation, but he can inspire them to keep carrying on his work.
8. Real Change
Sanders' motivational messages are reminiscent of another famous politician who promised change.
9. Stay Focused
Stay focused on what you want from your government and how to get it.
10. Stand Together
Whether you're opposing Trump or fighting Congress, there's strength in numbers.
11. Can And Will
Despite all that's going on, Sanders' view of politics is hopeful.
12. Settling In
Buckle up, Berners.
13. Minimum Wage
Want a higher minimum wage? You can do something about it.
14. Supreme Court
This tweet says, "You're not alone."
15. Health Care
Talk of health care has never sounded so inspiring.
16. Reject Hate
Remember the campaign mantra: Love trumps hate.
17. Today And Tomorrow
Sanders has a plan that his supporters can follow forward.
18. Avoid Divisions
Sanders encourages his supporters to stick together, no matter what walls Trump tries to build up.
19. All Of Us
The more the merrier in Sanders' fight.
20. Just Begun
Don't think of it as four years of Trump. Think of it as four years of activism.
21. Our Hands
There are no bench warmers on Sanders' team.
22. Say Otherwise
For Sanders, it's about "us," not you or me.
23. It's Working
Your hard work does not go unnoticed.
24. Transform The World
If this doesn't inspire you to rally, then I don't know what will.
25. Be Proud
Sanders is focused on what's already great, not what needs to be made great.
26. Going Forward
Divisions will only send us backward.
27. Thank You
It's still just the beginning.
28. Many Important Fights
Sanders is in it for the long haul. Are you?
29. Too Important
Those "many important fights" he mentioned must be faced with unity.
30. Fighting For The Future
It's important to remember what you're fighting for.
31. Can't Stay Silent
Perhaps the most important part of Sanders' message is to use your voice.
Whether in his role as senator or out on the road, Sanders is surely using his voice. His motivational messages for the American people empower his supporters to stand with him and take action however they can. It's that kind of activist spirit that made Sanders' campaign so successful — and it's still relevant in the post-election era.