Bernie Sanders to visit Trinity

Sanders will discuss his early life, career, and political values in a live interview with journalist Fintan O’Toole 

Bernie Sanders will visit Trinity next week for an event with journalist and author Fintan O’Toole.

The event, entitled Bernie Sanders: A Brooklyn Spirit, will take place in the Exam Hall next Friday at 7.30pm.

Sanders will discuss his upbringing in Brooklyn, his political career, “and the values and vision that underpin his work”.

It has been organised by the Ireland.New York Project (I.NY) in conjunction with the Sanders Institute, a progressive think tank founded by Sanders’ wife Jane in 2017.

I.NY is an “international cultural project” that celebrates and brings to life the shared story of Ireland and New York.

A member of the Democratic Party, Sanders has been a US Senator for the state of Vermont since 2007.

A self-described “democratic socialist”, he won widespread support from left-wing voters in the US, as well as internationally, when he contested the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016 and again in 2020, ultimately losing out to Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden respectively.

While he often stands apart from the mainstream Democratic Party on many issues, urging a more progressive stance, he has called on voters to back Biden for reelection later this year.

While he has been critical of Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of Gaza, his failure to back calls for a ceasefire have garnered significant criticism from former supporters and Arab American communities who supported him in large numbers in the past.

Tickets for his appearance in Trinity are on sale for €45.

David Wolfe

David Wolfe is a Junior Sophister student of History and Political Science. He is the current Social Media and Managing Editor of Trinity News, having previously served as News Editor, Assistant News Editor and copyeditor.