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Bernie or Burst: Sanders Backers Plan 'Fart-In' For Democratic Convention

© AFP 2021 / Jewel SAMADThis two-picture combination shows US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Bernie Sanders
This two-picture combination shows US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Bernie Sanders - Sputnik International
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Frustrated by the outcome of the Democratic primary, supporters of former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) plan to deploy an unusual protest tactic.

On Tuesday, Sanders formally endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It was a bittersweet moment for a primary season rapidly drawing to a close, ending with the Democratic National Convention at the end of this month.

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But while the Senator appears to have thrown in the towel, many of his most ardent supporters have not, and they plan to make a stink.

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, plans to stage a "fart-in" at the convention to "raise attention about things that really stink in our society," according to one protester speaking to US News.

Coordinators have collected hundreds of containers of beans and plan on feeding the flatulence-inducing legumes to Sanders’ delegates.

"It shows the level of absolute disgust that we’re at – we think we’re going to remember 2016 as the year we begin to bury the two corporate political parties," Cheri Honkala, the group’s national coordinator, told US News.

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"It’s really a shame – this whole thing does stink. Democrats and Republicans are like Pepsi and Coke. They listen to corporations and they don’t listen to anti-poverty activists."

If Democrats won’t listen to activists, they’ll at least smell them.

While organizers have collected a wide assortment of beans, the focus will likely be on the baked variety, which will be fed to delegates, alongside hot dogs, at two food stops.

According to Honkala, the fart-in participants aren’t particularly fond of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, either. While her group plans to protest the Republican National Convention as well, the beans will likely remain in the can for that one.

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