Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for the second election cycle in a row, has been forced to leave the campaign trail to undergo emergency heart surgery.
“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort,” his Senior Advisor Jeff Weaver said. “Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”
Sanders, 78, reportedly experienced chest pain during a fundraiser he held in Las Vegas Tuesday night. The fundraiser was held at a Las Vegas shooting memorial, where Sanders raised money on the backs of the tragic deaths of 58 people exactly two years prior.
Latest polling has Sanders in third place behind two fellow septuagenarians, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is 76, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is 70. Biden and Warren are almost tied at the head of the pack, with Sanders 10 or 12 points behind.
In 2016, Sanders started a socialist revolution which captivated many of America’s leftist youths, and ushered in an era where “socialist” is a mainstream label worn by many on the political left. He rightly won the Democratic Primary, but was stripped of the necessary delegates at the Democratic National Convention. The nomination was subsequently handed to Hillary Clinton, and we all know how that turned out.
As Mark Twain is often credited with saying, history doesn’t repeat, but it often rhymes. With enthusiasm for Biden’s campaign perhaps as low as any major presidential candidate’s in modern history, and with Warren’s national political appeal uncertain, there have been murmurs that Clinton will jump into the 2020 race. Provided that Sanders’ health improves, that could mean another showdown between the pair.
According to ABC, Sanders plans to release his medical records during this election cycle.
“You know, I think it’s the right thing to do,” he reportedly said. “The American people have the right to know about whether the person they are going to be voting for for president is healthy, and we will certainly release our medical records before the primaries.”
There is no word on how long Sanders will be out of the race, but he currently remains hospitalized. Weaver reportedly led an all-staff phone call earlier Wednesday morning, which was described as “subdued.”
Biden has faced scrutiny over his health during this election cycle, too.
He has appeared confused and has lacked cogency at times, and at one event, one of his eyes filled with blood as though he was decomposing on stage. Biden had two brain aneurysms repaired as early as 1988, and it has been 11 years since he publicly released medical records.
While we wish Sanders well, his condition is a metaphor for our times.
Our political class, including Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell, who recently fractured his shoulder after a fall is his Kentucky home, is both feeble in body and mind, clinging to power for as long as humanly possible. Frankly speaking, our elites are getting old.
President Donald J. Trump is the only one of the lot who seems to defy time.