Bernie Sanders supporters are staging a “fart-in” against Hillary Clinton
Advocates for poor people and progressive causes say they still plan to make a stink – literally – during Hillary Clinton’s big night accepting the Democratic presidential nomination this month.
The plan: feed beans to Democratic National Convention delegates for Bernie Sanders, and send them into the Philadelphia convention hall to show what they think of the former secretary of state.
Sanders-supporting organizers of the odious protest also are unswayed by the Vermont senator’s Tuesday endorsement of Clinton and will push ahead.
In fact, Cheri Honkala, national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, expects more beans to pour into her group’s downtown Philadelphia office.
Boxes of dry beans and heavy containers of canned beans already have arrived by mail, Honkala says, in all varieties: navy, pinto, lima and baked, with return addresses in Texas, Wisconsin and across the Rust Belt.
“Those beans will probably quadruple” after Sanders’ endorsement, Honkala says.
Many Sanders supporters “are not happy” about the two major party candidates, she says. “They do not represent the American people. It’s like they’re reality-show characters, two villains who can’t be trusted.”
Organizers have not tested varieties to discern the smelliest option, but Honkala says baked beans likely will be preferred and paired with hot dogs at a feeding location in a “Clintonville” camp in northern Philadelphia.
A second feeding location is likely to be at the group’s office a few blocks from the convention venue for delegates, journalists and others heading into the speech.