Bernie Sanders’ Diehard Fans Begin The Five Stages Of Grief
We've tracked Sanders supporters' reactions with the Kübler-Ross model
Bernie Sanders lost big Tuesday night, narrowing his path to possible victory from tiny to virtually nonexistent. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, was named the presumptive nominee by the AP and other major news organizations 24 hours before she carried off wins in the delegate-rich states of California and New Jersey.
Senator Sanders says he’ll soldier on, but he’s also reportedly about to layoff a large portion of his campaign staff, and planning a sit-down with President Obama, who’s likely on the cusp of endorsing Secretary Clinton. As Sanders’ eventual exit looms, his diehard fans—who’ve spent months gathering in online communities to fiercely support their candidate—are beginning to grieve, each in their own way.
In her seminal book on the process of grief, Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross created the famous five-stage grief model that laid a foundation for how we understand mourning: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Importantly, she notes, all five stages are not experienced in linear order. But, she wrote, there is light at the end of the tunnel. “When you learn your lessons, the pain goes away,” she wrote in 1997.
BERNIE SANDERS HAS BEEN DECLARED THE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE!
We presume strongly that he can win the nomination.#BernieOrBust
— Colokids (@Colokids) June 7, 2016
Bernie Sanders can still win the nomination, the superdelegates don’t vote until July. California, don’t let that lying shit Hillary win
— Tots Takizawa (@ToysForTots281) June 7, 2016
WHY ISNF BERNIE SANDERS WINNINH IM FUCKINH ANGRY — gigi not hadid (@ysIdorks) June 7, 2016
Sanders supporters mad-yeah who the hell is the corrupt media to call this when superdelegates don’t vote till July? https://t.co/rl6viFiFkZ
— regina weiss (@reginagroks) June 7, 2016
Honestly, Bernie Sanders as Education or Health Secretary would be an incredible asset to any administration. Much more than VP. — Brandon de la Cruz (@clashville) June 7, 2016
*tiniest voice* but wouldn’t it be cool if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination but gets a cabinet position
— jasmine (@jamminly) June 7, 2016
Hillary pick Bernie Sanders as your running mate. My plan was to have Bernie run as strong as possible before running as Vice President. — AlanWaeltermann (@AlanWaeltermann) June 7, 2016
I knew this would happen but I’m honestly really depressed about Bernie not having a chance for the nomination 😭
— Mara (@Mara_Lorynn) June 7, 2016
I’m lowkey depressed ab Bernie Sanders — D. (@deniseperezzzz) June 7, 2016
I’m with him (Bernie), that is, unless Hillary is the nominee. Then I’m with her (Hillary). Never that other guy (Donald) — ʎǝɹoɔ (@1dopebro) June 7, 2016
I reached the Acceptance stage about Bernie’s loss as Democratic nominee about a month ago. We lost. Get over it. — Sarvis The Buck (@Furry_Thing) June 7, 2016