Cosplayers Across America Are Fundraising For Bernie

Cosplayers Across America Are Fundraising For Bernie
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Bernie Sanders isn’t running for U.S. President on the back of billionaire donations. He’s getting there via donations from supporters, and today, that’s a bunch of cosplayers.

Earlier today hyenasandgin started the Twitter hashtag #cosplayersforbernie. “My friends on the Ballin’ Out Super Podcast (number one leftist anime podcast) had recently raised $US420 ($641) for Bernie and I was inspired to see if I could raise some money myself”, she tells Kotaku.

“I was trying to figure out what I could do. Bernie is for medicare for all (including mental health care), student loan forgiveness and a $US15 ($23) minimum wage. I’ve been cosplaying for 20 years and I’ve met so many amazing cosplayers in the community whose lives could be changed for the better with Bernie as President.”

“Times are scary right now and people want to feel like they’re empowered to do some good”, she says. “It’s also a chance for cosplayers to show off their wonderful costumes while donating an amount of money that is humorously associated with drugs or a sex act and who doesn’t love that?”

Nobody doesn’t love that, that’s who. With an original goal of just $US100 ($153), #cosplayersforbernie has blown past both the weed number and the sex number as more and more cosplayers find out about the hashtag and get donating.


  • I kinda wish I could donate to Bernie too, it’s been a long time since I’ve actually been invested in a candidate more than just financially.

    • I keep having American friends asking why I spend so much time talking about US politics. Fact is, US politics is world politics.

      The US has spent 75 years making sure they have economic and cultural power in pretty much every country. We need to know what’s going on almost as much as in our own political climate. Sanders is a solid candidate who seems to really believe in what he says. That alone is a damn good reason to support him.

      • Ain’t that the truth.
        I get the same reaction from friends, family and strangers here and abroad but I only got into it because of my dislike and interest in American foreign policy, interference and war led me to start following their politics and eventually I began betting on my own analysis.

        Watching Bernie this cycle has been quite exciting because I’ve never been able to put my money where my mouth is before in terms of personal beliefs.

      • I kinda hate Americans in a general sense myself, but follow US politics allot because lets face it, if the USA falls into chaos and has terrible people after terrible people in the POTUS seat, what usually happens is similar things occur around the world and places like Australia are likely to end up a wasteland, if things get too bad.

        We are attached to the backside of China AND the USA, its disgusting but what can you do?

      • I keep having American friends asking why I spend so much time talking about US politics. Fact is, US politics is world politics.

        Thank you. One careful look at the world would let you see how Trump’s fiasco of a presidency is being echoed across the world. Whatever happens at the end of this year in the US will profoundly change the world for better or worse.

    • Super Tuesday and Super Delegates are different things.

      Super Tuesday is just the primary elections in 14 states. There is no effective difference between these and the primaries that have already been held, and in any case, Sanders is expected to win more delegates than any other candidate in them at this point.

      Super Delegates are unpledged delegates to the nomination convention and make up a little less than 15% of the votes, if it came to that. They are generally elected politicians and other Democratic party officials. If it came to a split vote amongst directly elected delegates they might make a difference but that is unlikely because most if not all the candidates will have dropped out by that point, and in any case, they are not a unified block and some Super Delegates will vote for Sanders so the nomination would have to be very tight indeed for them to make a difference.

      In practice, what will almost certainly happen is that after Super Tuesday anyone who is not a top tier candidate will drop out and it will be left as a fight between, probably Sanders, Buttigieg and perhaps Bloomberg, although Bloomberg would have a very few options to catch up at this point.

  • It will be interesting to see how far Bloomberg can get by simply buying his way to the top, so far he is doing pretty well even after a disastrous debate (which nobody watches or reads about it seems).

    • He hasn’t moved off 15% in the polls for the last two weeks, and any support he has has largely come directly off the top of Biden’s tanking campaign. For a $500 million spend since November that’s a pretty anaemic rate of return.

      • He doesn’t seem too interested in winning. I get the impression it’s more about turning the selection process into enough of a circus to derail Sanders momentum. I mean like him or hate him Sanders is really making it hard for Democrats to change the topic when pressed about their stance on taxing the ultra wealthy. Honestly even as a two term President I don’t think he’d be able to fight the combined self interest of Republicans, Democrats and the mainstream media, but considering how much it could potentially cost people like Bloomberg if these ideas trend and gain momentum a one off $500m to take Sanders out is worth it.

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