Bernie Sanders Breaks the Media Blackout with Historic Seattle Rally

Bernie Sanders may have set a new record for largest campaign rally of the 2016 presidential election cycle at his Seattle rally tonight.

As of this writing, there are still between 8,000 and 10,000 Sanders supporters waiting to get through the Secret Service’s rigorous security process, while 20,000 have already filled most of the lower bowl of Safeco Field. By the time the last Sanders supporter has gone through security, the crowd will easily be one of the largest of the campaign season, possibly surpassing Sanders’ previous 28,000-person record set at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Tonight’s crowd might even eclipse Donald Trump’s 30,000-person rally in Mobile, Alabama in 2015.

 

A local news channel walked by the line of Bernie Sanders supporters awaiting entry into Safeco Field, which apparently stretched all the way past CenturyLink Arena — meaning the line was over a quarter-mile long. The starting time for Sanders’ speech was delayed 50 minutes due to the number of people who were waiting to gain entry to the event.:

The Secret Service’s stringent security rules for top-tier presidential candidates prohibit entry to campaign rallies to anyone with bags. One photo showed a garbage can nearly filled to the brim with discarded purses and bags, thrown away by people who would rather see Bernie Sanders speak than keep their bag:

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