Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders spent Sunday in the Central Valley, speaking to his supporters first in Visalia then in Fresno.
Thousands showed up on Sunday evening to the Paul Paul Theater at the Fresno Fairgrounds to see the Senator in person, with just over a week before California’s Presidential Primary.
Before his rally, Sanders spoke with us one-on-one and touched on some topics affecting the Valley. He talked about the comments Donald Trump has made on the drought, or the lack there of, according to the Republican candidate.
“Haha, I say that’s nuts! Go out and talk to people and everybody here thinks there’s a drought. Donald Trump lives in his own unique world and he has a very difference sense of reality,” exclaimed Sanders.
In the South Valley, Sanders met with a relative of Civil Rights activist Cesar Chavez. He said he will fight for laborers.
He said during the rally, “Farm workers should not be working long hours for very low wages!”
Sanders said he hopes to alleviate California’s issues first by tackling climate change, and he wants to help students.
“My proposal is to do that by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculation. The people of this country bailed out Wall Street, and now, it’s Wall Street’s time to help out the middle class in this country,” stated Sanders.
And that stance seems to be music to many supporters’ ears. Kellie Ann Arnett is a Sanders’ supporter and a teacher who drove all the way to Fresno from San Luis Obispo on Sunday to see Sanders.
“I’m a teacher and I’m going to school to teach. So I know the opportunities my students need and I know the opportunities I need to be successful as a teacher. And Bernie is going to provide that,” said Arnett.
Sanders said a win in California would be crucial for his campaign. He hopes the votes from here in the Valley will get him that victory.