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Jon Stewart on Bernie Sanders: “We’ve all become so accustomed to stage-managed, focus-group-driven candidates that authenticity comes across as lunacy.”

Bernie Sanders
Written by Michael Davies

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) formally announced his presidential campaign last week, and much of the coverage focused on how he is a socialist-leaning “long shot” and “loon.” But Jon Stewart argued that Sanders just seems bizarre in relation to other candidates because he’s actually being himself.

Sure, Sanders’s hair might be a little wild, but that’s just because he doesn’t have someone telling him “you might want to comb your hair today, and tomorrow, make it a regular thing” like Hillary Clinton does. And, sure, he might speak about income inequality in front of sailboats, but at least he doesn’t just adopt the accent of the region where he’s speaking, like Clinton did speaking with a slight twang when she was in South Carolina last week, Stewart said.

“[W]e’ve all become so accustomed to stage-managed, focus-group-driven candidates that authenticity comes across as lunacy,” he said.

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Michael Davies

Reporting on all things fun and exciting! Michael Davies has won many awards including a Peabody and Pulitzer Prize, but says his proudest achievement in life is his 8-year-old girl named Heather.

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