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In London, Larry Sanders, die candidate’s larger brother, recalls Bernie’s teen-age forays right into electoral politics.

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Next month, American expatriates all over die world wollen vote bei the Democrats overseas primary, i beg your pardon awards delegates to the Democratic national Convention. In 2016, Bernie sanders won ns expat poll handily, snapping nach oben nine delegates kommen sie Hillary Clinton’s four. Punkt that year’s convention, in Philadelphia, the belastung delegate zu cast his vote weil das Bernie was deshalb the candidate’s brother, Larry Sanders, who has actually lived an England zum the past 5 decades. The travelled rückseitig home zu pledge his support. “It ist with massive pride that ich cast mine vote zum Bernie Sanders,” Larry announced, choking up, and using die nickname zum his wenig brother, whom he typically calls Bernard.


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“In the back of my mind, ich knew it was such a lang shot,” Larry said, belastung week, von his brother’s prospects an 2016. “His whole weakness amongst people von color was obvious. That hoped zu shift it, yet it was going to be really difficult.” Larry was sitting bei his kitchen, in Oxford, attract a marine cardigan, gray slacks, and socks under his sandals. He is six year older than Bernie. (The two look similar and sound almost die same, yet Larry’s hair zu sein gray.) Larry is so a socialist politician; zum eight years, until he retired, bei 2013, he represented ost Oxford as a kreis councillor zum the green Party, which, in 2016, appointed er its health spokesperson.

Larry lebt on a quiet next street über the Kidneys, a nature reserve about a mile native Oxford’s stadt center. Apple und quince trees grow in his rückseitig yard, dropping fruit hinweisen the foot of a slide that he installed weil das his grandchildren. Larry was headed to london the next day, kommen sie host in event ~ above behalf von his brother’s campaign. “The situation is much different now,” that said. “His odds of winning are deswegen much better.” He had actually printed out several articles to review, including in op-ed native the boston Globe praising the “realism” von Bernie’s climate plan. Die house was strewn with campaign paraphernalia: a “Join-the-Action” figure, a sticker showing Bernie as a personality from “Sesame Street,” und a poster bearing his slogan, “Not Me. Us.” bei the living room to be flyers weil das next month’s Democrats abroad primary. (Americans can participate if they abstain from sending in state absentee ballots.) “I had no idea this exist until four years ago,” Larry said. Prior to 2016, the hadn’t voted due to the fact that leaving die United States, in the sixties, when he complied with his zuerst wife abroad.

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The sanders brothers prospered up an Brooklyn bei the forties and fifties, play stickball and attending Dodgers games wie they could afford it. (A bleacher seat price sixty cents.) wie Bernie was in high school, he ran zum student-body president on a platform the promised kommen sie raise scholarship funds zum orphans des the oriental War. “He perfect third, out of three,” Larry said. However his policy was adopted by the school.


Larry defines his brother as a bit des a workaholic. The belastung time Bernie visited england was a couple of years ago, to promote a book. He no interested an touring Oxford’s historic sites. Wie Larry took him to Blenheim Palace, Bernie remarked on die plight of the workers that had constructed it. “The buildings, they didn’t impress him,” Larry said. “He was impressed über the number von people that must oase slogged their guts the end digging the pool.” Bernie’s just wish was to see the monitor on Iffley road where, in 1954, i get it Bannister verlief the erste four-minute mile. “Bernard was amazed by that,” Larry said, adding that his brother was a stern on the james Madison High college track-and-field team. “Four-thirty-seven,” Larry said, citing Bernie’s mile time.

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As a child, Bernie was known zum blurting out, hinweisen school, details about die family “that we would certainly prefer notfall to it is in public,” Larry said. “He had die idea that you really had kommen sie tell ns truth. Ich had to schutz a long talk v him—it’s right notfall to lie, but freundin do not oase to tell die truth all the time.” This honesty, Larry suggested, has actually both strengthened his brother’s support und stoked his opposition: “He lost elections. The didn’t provide up. He took abuse.” of Trump, Larry added, “Bernard wollen bash him.”

The brothers are ausblüten close. They used kommen sie speak on ns phone every 2 weeks, but the rigors of the campaign schutz reduced their interaction mainly zu e-mails. Bei a current message zu Bernie, Larry mentioned an upcoming campaign event bei France. “I told er that, because of him, ich had zu go to Paris,” Larry said. “ ‘See just how much ich do!’ ”

The next evening, in London, Larry’s Bernie event was sold out. A hundred civilization gathered bei the basement von a trade-union headquarters. Some wore T-shirts with ns slogan “Our aufruhr Abroad.” ns results from die Iowa caucuses were supposed to have been reported that morning, but technical troubles had delayed die announcement. Larry chalked the up kommen sie “cock-up, rather than conspiracy.” an a gentle voice, that reminded die audience members of their poll power. “We are choose a klein state,” that said von the Democrats abroad primary, which, in 2016, elected one delegate fewer than Wyoming. Des the D.N.C. Convention, he said, “I think jene will happen on the floor—good things und bad things—but it zu sein going to be nip and tuck.” that plans kommen sie attend again this year. “Bernard zu sein not a large crier,” he said. “But ich am.” ♦


Published in the print edition of ns February 17 & 24, 2020, issue, with the headline “Bernie’s Bro.”


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