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
This is no time for despair or giving up. This is a time for organizing, educating and fighting back.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 21, 2017
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.
Our response to Mr. Trump's inauguration has to be to fight back for economic, social, environmental & racial justice. We're not giving up!— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 20, 2017
Sanders' response to the inauguration of President Trump was to empower his followers to do more.
3. Our Job
Our job: Fight back. Expand voter turnout. Overturn Citizens United. Fight gerrymandering. Create a vibrant democracy.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 20, 2017
A vibrant democracy requires citizen participation.
Our diversity is our strength. We must take pride in that, not let hatred divide us.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2017
Sanders' motivational message is for people of all backgrounds.
5. Going Forward
President Trump: Women aren’t going back to second-class citizenship. They are going forward. We are all in this together.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 22, 2017
Sanders' tweets empower women and all Americans to stand up for their rights.
6. Brought Us Closer
President Trump, you made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer. pic.twitter.com/U7deCCTFx9— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 21, 2017
A picture is worth a thousand words, but Sanders only needed 140 characters to sum this one up.
7. Every Generation
The struggle for our rights is not a one-time event. It must be fought by every generation.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 21, 2017
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
What I say to the American people is: stay focused. We will fight for an economy that works for all and doesn’t just benefit the wealthy.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 13, 2017
Stay focused on what you want from your government and how to get it.
10. Stand Together
Our job is to stand together, vigorously oppose Trump's racist immigration policies and fight for policies that work for working families.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 12, 2017
Whether you're opposing Trump or fighting Congress, there's strength in numbers.
11. Can And Will
We've seen the surefire route to success in politics has been to manipulate people's fear and ignorance. We can and will change that.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 2, 2017
Despite all that's going on, Sanders' view of politics is hopeful.
12. Settling In
The American people are settling in for a long and sustained fight to defend democracy and the values which have made us a great county.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 31, 2017
Buckle up, Berners.
13. Minimum Wage
25 states and cities raised minimum wages last year. How is that possible? Because millions of people stood up to fight.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2017
Want a higher minimum wage? You can do something about it.
14. Supreme Court
I want a Supreme Court that will stand up for civil liberties, constitutional rights, workers' rights, environmental rights, women's rights.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 5, 2017
This tweet says, "You're not alone."
15. Health Care
We will not stand by and watch our health care be dismantled. Now is the time to fight back. #OurFirstStand— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 15, 2017
Talk of health care has never sounded so inspiring.
16. Reject Hate
There is hatred being generated against immigrants in this country. We've got to stand together and reject that hate.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 14, 2016
Remember the campaign mantra: Love trumps hate.
17. Today And Tomorrow
Our job today is defend the Affordable Care Act. Our job tomorrow is to create a single-payer system. #OurFirstStand— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 15, 2017
Sanders has a plan that his supporters can follow forward.
18. Avoid Divisions
We must not allow politicians to divide us by where our family came from, by the color of our skin, our religion or sexual orientation.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 18, 2017
Sanders encourages his supporters to stick together, no matter what walls Trump tries to build up.
19. All Of Us
We are moving toward an oligarchic form of society, and it will take all of us to fight against it.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 20, 2016
The more the merrier in Sanders' fight.
20. Just Begun
We believe in a nation based on economic, social, racial and environmental justice and we've just begun to fight back.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 31, 2017
Don't think of it as four years of Trump. Think of it as four years of activism.
21. Our Hands
We won't achieve our goals if we treat democracy as a spectator sport, hoping others will do it. They won’t. The future is in our hands.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 21, 2017
There are no bench warmers on Sanders' team.
22. Say Otherwise
The ruling class likes to believe this country belongs to them. I think there are more than a few million of us who would say otherwise.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 21, 2017
For Sanders, it's about "us," not you or me.
23. It's Working
To all the people showing up to fight back: what you’re doing is working.https://t.co/IRKUNPvzEr— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 20, 2017
Your hard work does not go unnoticed.
24. Transform The World
When folks stand together against a rigged system, they can forge a politics that can transform a city, a nation, and maybe the world.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 8, 2017
If this doesn't inspire you to rally, then I don't know what will.
25. Be Proud
Our country is great because we are the sons and daughters of immigrants, and I think we should all be very proud of that.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 18, 2017
Sanders is focused on what's already great, not what needs to be made great.
26. Going Forward
Our message to Mr. Trump is simple: We are not going backwards. You will not divide us up by race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 4, 2017
Divisions will only send us backward.
27. Thank You
It's still just the beginning.
28. Many Important Fights
There are many important fights ahead of us. Today is #OurFirstStand: save health care.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 15, 2017
Sanders is in it for the long haul. Are you?
29. Too Important
We will lose our fights for justice when we are divided or apathetic, and the fights coming this year are far too important to risk that.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 2, 2017
Those "many important fights" he mentioned must be faced with unity.
30. Fighting For The Future
When we fight we’re fighting for the future—the future of the planet in terms of climate change, and for the future of American democracy.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 1, 2017
It's important to remember what you're fighting for.
31. Can't Stay Silent
We can't stay silent and watch Republicans dismantle our health care system and jeopardize the economic security of millions of Americans.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 4, 2017
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.