This Video From 1988 Shows How Consistent Bernie Sanders Really Is

One of the strongest selling points for Sen. Bernie Sanders in his campaign for President has been his incredible ideological consistency. (Of course not everyone is buying it.)

The Sanders campaign is working to play up on the consistency card as both the Nevada caucus and South Carolina primaries approach.

On Feb. 13, the campaign released footage of then Burlington, VT Mayor Bernie Sanders endorsing Rev. Jesse Jackson in his historic 1988 Presidential campaign.

The video shows Sanders giving a familiar pitch arguing for closing the gap between rich and poor and shifting government focus on those closer to the bottom of the economic ladder.

In fact, if you close your eyes, you wouldn’t be blamed to think it was a speech delivered in this election cycle instead of one from before most of us were born.

NPR has also picked up on how remarkably on message Sanders has stayed for over 30 years.

Just take the following quotes that the public radio giant dug up to really drive the point home.

Sanders in 2015:

“There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and when 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent.”

Sanders in 1976:

“The fundamental issue facing us in the state is that ½ of 1 percent of these people — the richest ½ of 1 percent — earn as much as the bottom 27 percent and the top 3 percent earn as much as the bottom 40 percent.”

Whether you like the guy or not, you have to admit that he has never given up the fight.

WATCH: Bernie Sanders endorses Jesse Jackson for President in 1988. 



Cover Photo Credit: Bernie Sanders Campaign Youtube/ Screengrab

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