Watch: Huge Bernie Sanders Rally in Greenwich Village Draws Record Crowd

Bernie Sanders hosted a rally called A Future to Believe In in Washington Square Park on Wednesday night. He was joined by special guests Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors, Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, Linda Sarsour, Tim Robbins and Graham Nash.


Sanders' organizers said the rally drew 27,000 participants, more even than the 20,000 throng Barack Obama drew in 2007.

The New York Times said:

Speaking on a cloudless night in Washington Square Park, the famed arch dramatically lit behind him, Mr. Sanders said he drew inspiration from the trade unions, gay rights activists and others fighting to “change the status quo.”

He repeatedly denounced “corporate greed and the rigged economy,” taking aim at the big banks just to the south, and said that defending the interests of regular Americans was the abiding cause of his presidential campaign.

“It is about creating a government that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors,” Mr. Sanders said, one of several negative comments or insinuations that he lobbed in Mrs. Clinton’s direction. “This campaign is sending a message to corporate America: You cannot have it all.”

Some in attendance reportedly waved signs that said, “Democracy v Oligarchy, Humanity v Greed” and ‘‘Not Me—Us,” and others said the rally recalled some of the excitement of the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011-2012.I

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