Sanders supporters frequently express frustration with other candidates—among them, former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg—who have remarked that the end of the Trump presidency will return Americans to some semblance of normalcy. For them, as Jayapal said in her remarks, “Trump is both a symptom and a cause” of an economic, political, governmental system in crisis.
Santos, whose mother is an immigrant with no savings and whose sister is in medical debt, told The Daily Beast that the sacrifices they’ve made make them feel “robbed” of the life they would have been afforded if, for example, their mother had access to Social Security, or their sister’s medical costs were covered under a government program.
“The fight ages you,” Santos said. “I’m a 21-year-old who’s thinking about retirement and not even retirement for myself—retirement for my mom who, odds are, I’m gonna have to provide for. I’m a micro version of a wave that is coming.”
That esprit de corps will be critical to getting Sanders over the finish line in Iowa—not that his supporters think that his revolution will have been won in a single election.