Notebook actor Ryan Gosling broke a months-long silence on Twitter to ask his fans for a birthday present. No, he didn’t want a card or a new watch, socks or even a shiny new bike — Gosling asked his fans for just one thing: support Bernie Sanders.
For my birthday… Could you do me a solid and pass this around? https://t.co/EByak8o1Vi
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) November 12, 2015
The clip depicts Sanders hugging a Muslim student and vowing to fight Islamophobia and all other forms of senseless bigotry in America.
“Being an American is such a strong part of my identity, but I want to create a change in this society,” the student said. “I’m so tired of listening to this rhetoric saying I can’t be president one day, that I should not be in office. It makes me so angry and upset. This is my country.”
“If we stand for anything we have to stand together and end all forms of racism in this country,” Sanders replied, promising to “lead that effort as president.” He also detailed how bigotry has traditionally worked in America:
“They told white workers who were earning pennies an hour, ‘Hey, you think you’re in trouble, but you’re better off than the blacks. And they told straight people, ‘You’re better off than those gay people.’ And they pitted men against women. It’s always playing one group against another. That’s how the rich got richer while everybody else was fighting each other. Our job is to build a nation in which we all stand together.”
Sanders has won the hearts of more than 128 celebrities, including Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, Will Ferrell, Danny DeVito, and others — but most importantly, he has won over a large portion of the American people. Last week, Sanders shattered an all-time record for most individual donors at this point in the presidential race, outpacing even Barack Obama and — yes — Hillary Clinton.
Whether Clinton or Sanders wins the nomination, both candidates have quite a lot to offer America. Currently, Hillary leads the pack — but the enthusiastic support Sanders attracts means that Gosling (and all others who support the Vermont Senator) has high hopes of seeing his favorite candidate win it all. Currently, according to polls, if we want to defeat Carson, Clinton is the better choice. If we want to beat Trump, it’s Sanders all the way.
In any case, remember to head to the polls next November — the fate of our country depends on it!
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.