Shortly following Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he was suspending his presidential campaign, entertainment industry figures shared heartfelt praise and recognition for the Vermont senator’s monumental, if unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic Party nomination.
“I’m heartbroken about Bernie,” comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted. “In all this darkness, he made me believe that people, together, could be the light. He continues to be an inspiration.”
And model-turned-actress Emily Ratajkowski, who has been a vocal Sanders supporter both in the 2016 and 2020 election, tweeted, “I feel so hopeless and devastated and powerless,” Ratajkowski tweeted.
Others backers absorbed the news more stoically, with praise for the candidate and his political agenda. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon thanked Sanders on Twitter for “putting great ideas above politics and having the courage to stand by them.”
“Justice League” actor Ray Fisher said the former candidate had given him a “glimpse of a better tomorrow.” “I will continue to fight for that future,” Fisher wrote on Twitter. “The struggle continues…and so must we.”
Actress and activist Rosanna Arquette expressed gratitude to Sanders for “waking many Americans up,” while “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness — who previously supported Elizabeth Warren — thanked Sanders for “fighting for everyone.”
Meanwhile, actress Alyssa Milano, who is a Biden supporter and has frequently criticized Sanders on Twitter, said the senator’s work “will inspire policy that will make the world a better place.”
“You’ve forever changed the party & made us reflect upon all the ways we need to do more & be better. Your efforts will be reflected in every advocate and activist for generations to come and will inspire policy that will make the world a better place. Thank you,” Milano wrote on Twitter.
Read more reactions below.
Wow. I’m heartbroken about Bernie. In all this darkness, he made me believe that people, together, could be the light. He continues to be an inspiration. And he’ll never stop fighting for us.
Thank you, Bernie. For me, you’re right up there w Mr. Rogers.????♥️
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) April 8, 2020
Thank you @BernieSanders for putting great ideas above politics and having the courage to stand by them ! And Actually meaning what you say ! You brought meaning to politics!
— Kim Gordon (@KimletGordon) April 8, 2020
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) April 8, 2020
Some Bernie supporters will vote for Biden, some won't. No one is changing their mind based on posts. It is time for Biden's supporters to get on the phone with all those moderate Republicans you're sure exist and will come out.
You said you could win this, go do it.
— Kate Willett (@katewillett) April 8, 2020
You are an inspiration and have done more to change the direction of the party in a Progressive and Just way than any other person who has fought for the Democratic nomination.
The fight continues. Now, we aim our righteousness on Trump and the outlaw GOP senate. https://t.co/1Igr48q8rg
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 8, 2020
I ❤️the true-believing, big-hearted, hard-charging Bernie staff, vols & supporters
I ❤️ the #NotMeUs movement that will win Medicare-for-All & a Green New Deal
I ❤️ Bernie’s clarion call to fight for people we’ll never meet as hard as we fight for ourselves
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) April 8, 2020
Thank you @BernieSanders. You would have had my enthusiastic vote had you prevailed. Grateful for all you have contributed to the future of this nation & for graciously putting country first.#UnitedWeWin https://t.co/t8q150oDgC
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 8, 2020
Gratitude Bernie Sanders for waking many Americans up.
— Rosanna Arquette????✌???? (@RoArquette) April 8, 2020
Thank you for fighting for everyone Senator Sanders ????️???????? @BernieSanders To all of his supporters, thank you for caring & fighting and I know how hard this day is for you. I hope we can all come together & defeat Trump.
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) April 8, 2020
— Ray Fisher (@rehsifyar) April 8, 2020
The Bernie Sanders team ran two campaigns in 2016 and 2020, but they also ran one incredible movement, and it doesn't end with the end of the Bernie 2020 team. I still believe in the message of creating an equitable future and the values the campaign was built on. pic.twitter.com/rULdR00jD7
— joshua rush (@JoshuaRush) April 8, 2020