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Bernie Sanders’ older brother, Larry, shared a tearful tribute to their parents and his little brother, “Bernard,” as he cast his vote during the delegate roll call at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.
The elder Sanders, who lives in the UK and was speaking on behalf of the party arm for American Democrats living outside the US, said, “I want to bring before this convention the names of our parents: Eli Sanders, Dorothy Sanders. They did not have easy lives, and they died young. They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him.”
Larry, speaking through tears, remarked that their parents “loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision. It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.”
The Vermont senator has sometimes alluded to his parents’ difficult lives and how they inspired his own politics.
“My mother’s dream was to own her own home, and she never achieved that,” Bernie Sanders told Vox during a 2014 interview. “We were never hungry by any means. But money was always a major issue within our family. It caused a lot of tension between my mother and my dad.”
Larry Sanders also describes himself as a socialist and volunteers as a health spokesman for the UK’s Green Party, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Larry has been cheering on his brother’s candidacy from across the Atlantic.
Sanders received 10 votes from the party group, Democrats Abroad. Hillary Clinton received seven. She officially clinched the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to lead a major party’s presidential ticket.
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