Who Said It: Senator Bernie Sanders or Robert F. Kennedy Jr.?

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readJun 26, 2023

RFK Jr. may be hoping to follow in the footsteps of America’s favorite populist Independent.

Supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. March 20, 2020. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

While establishment Democrats and media outlets are laughing up their sleeves at Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s presidential candidacy, the candidate shows no signs of backing down.

As pundits wonder and political analysts advise the Democratic Party on how to appeal to neglected swaths of the Working Class, RFK Jr. is finding a wider and wider platform for his ideals.

Some of those ideals might resonate with persuadable Democrats; some might even some familiar, with distinct echoes of another popular, nontraditional, progressive candidate and self-described Independent.

Will disaffected Bernie Sanders voters, tired of their candidate being frozen out of the Democratic Party primary process, warm to the candidacy of RFK Jr?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the two politicians apart.

“Obama came in really wanting to change things, but he hit a wall of corporate money, oil and coal money: when he tried to pass the Cap and Trade system of pharmaceutical money, when he tried to pass the Obamacare — which, of course, then got watered down into a much less effective, much less economical program.”

Who said it:

RFK Jr.

“As a single-payer advocate, I believe that at the end of the day, if a state goes forward and passed an effective single-payer program, it will demonstrate that you can provide quality health care to every man, woman and child in a more cost-effective way.”

Who said it:

Bernie Sanders

“Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America. Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.”

Who said it:

Sen. Bernie Sanders

“I always saw pollution as theft, and I always thought, ‘Why should somebody be able to pollute the air, which belongs to all of us, or destroy a river…

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