The presidential campaign entered its 116th month last night with no end in sight and thanks to any lack of a just and merciful god, the circus of cable news coverage and campaign stops now has New York in its sights. It’s actually refreshing of course that New York gets a say in presidential politics for once — usually the primaries are all wrapped up by time they get here on April 19, and we don’t seem to matter much in the general election because New York City is a pretty small town. But the downside is that we are now going to be caught up in the presidential pandering/gaffe cycle (we already made a list of fake Brooklyn voter tropes national media can feel free to steal).
So yesterday in a truly wtf moment, Clinton’s chief strategist Joel Benenson told reporters he expects Bernie Sanders “to campaign like a Brooklynite,” while Clinton would “campaign like a senator.” Was Benson being antisemitic toward the Midwood-native Sanders? Anti-pizza? Did he forget Clinton’s campaign HQ is in Brooklyn and that she just appeared alongside the Brooklyn heroes of Broad City? Here are some guesses at what “campaign like a Brooklynite” could mean:
"I'm going to campaign like a senator and not a brooklynite" Hillary says before spray-painting "Pizza is bad" on the Grand Army Plaza Arch.
— Chris Person (@Papapishu) March 28, 2016
Like one of those Brooklynites you read about in the Times:
if bernie's gonna campaign like a brooklynite i look forward to the NYT Style section piece about it in three years
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) March 28, 2016
Wow, Bernie really *is* campaigning like a Brooklynite! pic.twitter.com/xPpEFZfrI9
— Peter Feld (@peterfeld) March 28, 2016
What does “campaign like a brooklynite” mean nowadays? Artisanal record players and skinny campaign logo jeans?
— Badgertude (@socratic) March 28, 2016
Bernie is campaigning like a Brooklynite by working the will call line at Webster Hall
— jake beckman (@jakebeckman) March 28, 2016
what does "campaign like a brooklynite" mean?
free rally at @bkflea with free kombucha samples
— #NeverFacePaulm (@facepaulmrevere) March 29, 2016
"I smoke skunk with my peeps all night/Campaign like a Brooklynite." – Bernie Smalls https://t.co/wvuamUCE1b
— Hargecore Henry (@brittonlowe) March 28, 2016
Bernie Sanders will campaign like a Brooklynite. So if it's a brokered convention he'll have to pay a fee.
— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) March 28, 2016
Campaigning like the real-world Ray from Girls:
— Peter Feld (@peterfeld) March 28, 2016
The “old Brooklyn” campaign style:
Sanders will campaign like a Brooklynite. He will tour the country telling people they've never had real pizza or bagels.
— Ish (@Ish) March 28, 2016
What does it mean to campaign like a Brooklynite? Double-park your campaign bus?
— Jillian Jorgensen (@Jill_Jorgensen) March 28, 2016
Joel Beneson thinks Sanders will be campaigning by going door to door eating a sloppy meatball parm, saying "fuggedaboudit" a lot
— WriteColonWrite (@DaveCoIon) March 28, 2016
— Kari AnchorBaby G (@k_sniff) March 29, 2016
Campaign like a #Brooklynite? What does that even mean? He's gonna double park his car and tell you about the best pizza place on Ave U..?
— woodenspoon81 (@woodenspoon81) March 28, 2016
The earnest guess:
Campaign Like a #brooklynite. Meaning an inclusive grassroots effort to make a difference, inspire people & looking damn good doing it? YES
— Michelle B (@producerforum) March 28, 2016
The possible coded language:
"Campaign like a Brooklynite" really seems about as veiled as "New York values" when it comes to antisemitism. https://t.co/8AqXZZvPZR
— Jacob Remes (@jacremes) March 28, 2016
"Campaign like a Brooklynite"
Is somebody going to address the barely disguised anti-semitism coming out of the Clinton camp?
— Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) March 28, 2016
Of course, there is one person who “campaigned like a Brooklynite” that Clinton shouldn’t forget about:
— platypus (@dgplatypus) March 28, 2016
Put your guess at what “campaign like a Brooklynite” means in the comments!
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