Sanders praises Gen Z for being 'profoundly anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, praised millennials as being a more accepting generation than those that came before it. 

“What I will say is — and I say this sincerely — is that I think the younger generation today is probably the most progressive young generation in the history of this country,” Sanders said in a Teen Vogue interview published Thursday. 

“This is a generation which is profoundly anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-xenophobic, and anti–religious bigotry. It is a generation of tolerance and decency. And that is no small thing. And that generation should be very proud of who they are.”

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Sanders, 77, is the oldest candidate in the crowded Democratic primary field. He faces candidates such as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) who are nearly four decades younger.

Despite his age, however, Sanders’s progressive values and record of voting are more in line with positions supported by younger voters. 

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Young voters, especially men, largely make up Sanders’s base. 

“Our campaign is about trying to tie all of these movements together and to talk about something that is not much talked about in Congress or the media: The fact that we are becoming an oligarchy,” Sanders told Teen Vogue. “What I mean by that is we have a small number of incredibly wealthy people who have extraordinary influence over the economic and political life of this country. That’s the simple reality.”

According to a RealClearPolitics average of polling, Sanders ranks second in the field with 15 percent support, trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE by 12 points. 

Sanders is nearly tied with Warren, with 14.4 percent support, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), with 14.8 percent support. 

In his Teen Vogue interview, Sanders also commended freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.), a millennial lawmaker, who shares much of Sanders’ progressive ideals. 

“I am a big fan of Alexandria. I think that she is extraordinarily smart and an excellent congresswoman,” he said. “One of the really incredible roles that she is playing is getting young people involved in the political process, which is of enormous consequence.”

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