The artist behind the iconic “Hope” poster that helped propel the “hope and change” theme of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run has weighed in again in support of another candidate.
And given artist Shepard Fairey‘s success in 2008, his announced endorsement Wednesday of Bernie Sanders may prove to be a good omen for the candidate.
“I’m supporting Bernie Sanders, because I want to push principles, not personalities,” Fairey said in a video posted on social media by the Sanders campaign:
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 18, 2016
Taking his support for Sanders a step further, Fairey designed a T-shirt for the self-described Democratic Socialist. Along with a call for “political revolution,” the shirt includes Sanders’s “Feel the Bern” slogan.
Never mind that at first glance some may be reminded of Nazi Germany — they were National Socialists, after all.
— Shepard Fairey (@OBEYGIANT) February 17, 2016
Interestingly, Team Hillary took note of the T-shirt, with Clinton’s Press Secretary Brian Fallon mocking it as a “poor man’s imitation of the 2008 campaign.”
Diss Obama by day, do poor man’s imitation of 2008 campaign by night. https://t.co/jN14g4pMCc
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) February 18, 2016
Fallon may want to rethink the “poor man” comment based on social media’s reaction. It also plays into Sanders’s theme of Hillary being an elitist. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Clashman (@clashman99) February 18, 2016
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) February 18, 2016
— Puja Datta (@oohpujie) February 18, 2016
— tim ★ (@TimMacGabhann) February 18, 2016
— Dave Harvilicz (@DavidHarvilicz) February 18, 2016
— Carlisleboy (@Carlisleboy) February 18, 2016
@brianefallon what do you feel you’re accomplishing with this tweet, Brian? Winning any voters? Building enthusiasm for the general?
— Morgan Bird (@morganbird) February 18, 2016
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