Bernie Sanders' Dank Meme Stash

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Senator Bernie Sanders talking with his supporters at a high school in Des Moines, Iowa, January 2016

Bernie Sanders' Dank Meme Stash (BSDMS) is a Facebook group where members can share and discuss Internet memes relating to American politician and junior United States senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders. Sanders was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S.A presidential election and is currently a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S.A presidential election.[1] The page has been thought to have boosted Sanders' popularity among millennials more than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.[2]

As of 8 May 2018, the group had a member count of about 417,147 [3] The content of Bernie Sanders' Dank Meme Stash is user submitted. Members of the group create posts as commentary for Sanders and his presidential campaign. Many of the posts edit the politician into memes.[4]

One notable meme from the page, "Bernie v. Hillary", features a political poster comparing the two candidates on a particular issue mainly depicting Clinton as the less favorable option with Sanders being the preferred option.

The group was created in early October 2015 by college student Will Dowd and author Sean Walsh with the purpose of supporting the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.[5]

A spin-off dating group, Bernie Sanders Dank Meme Singles, was founded by nonprofit director Beth Hannah, who works for the Human Resource Development Council in Havre, Montana. Members post either Internet memes, personal advertisements, or selfies.

References[change | change source]

  1. .Buzz, Carles (February 22, 2016). "Can Bernie Sanders' Dank Meme Stash Swing the Election?". Motherboard. Vice. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  2. Dewey, Caitlin (February 23, 2016). intersect/wp/2016/02/23/how-bernie-sanders-became-the-lord-of-dank-memes/ "How Bernie Sanders became the lord of 'dank memes'" Check |url= value (help). The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  3. Dockray, Heather (May 5, 2017). "Neoliberals are trying to do the impossible: Make their memes cool". Mashable. mashable.com. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  4. Ashkinaze, Josh (February 12, 2016). "Politicians Should Embrace Internet Memes". The Oberlin Review. WordPress. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  5. Alexander, Leigh (4 March 2016). "Blame it on the Zodiac killer: did social media ruin Ted Cruz's campaign?". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2016.