Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has trailed behind party front-runner Hillary Clinton in polls lately. Perhaps that is why he was so unprepared — and frankly, frazzled — when he found himself in a tight race with the former secretary of state before ultimately beating her in Michigan primary on Tuesday.
The Vermont senator held an impromptu news conference in Miami, Florida, to address his unexpected victory. Although he tried to give the impression that he was actually prepared for the event, the venue for the speech, which looked like someone’s shed, was a clear indication that Sanders was just as surprised as the next guy.
“I think we are in the midst of a very tight race,” said the White House hopeful as he stood in front of a wood paneled wall with hastily taped campaign signs. “It is not clear yet who will win this election here in Michigan, but I just want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Michigan, who kind of repudiated the poles that had us 20, 25 points down two days ago and said that Bernie Sanders was not going anywhere.”
Online users were quick to point it out as well.
Bernie Sanders, holding a presidential stump speech on your friend's backyard porch. pic.twitter.com/EF1R4FrlF3— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) March 9, 2016
Bernie Sanders apparently delivering his primary-night speech from my parents' backyard, next to the shed. pic.twitter.com/Ld4ZDLLMMp— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 9, 2016
has bernie sanders been captured by ISIS? pic.twitter.com/5uQM5HPtvX— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) March 9, 2016
BREAKING: Bernie elected Camp President, now addressing campers from the main cabin on ongoing Color War dispute pic.twitter.com/uDjhveapO6— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) March 9, 2016
"We now go live to Bernie Sanders in front of a shed in his backyard" pic.twitter.com/GVH2lAqbTQ— Connor (@alsoconnor) March 9, 2016
why is bernie sanders speaking inside a tool shed?— Devin Gordon (@Devingo913) March 9, 2016
"What tonight means is the Bernie Sanders campaign, the people's revolution, the political revolution that we are talking about is strong in every part of the country and, frankly, we believe that our strongest areas are yet to happen,” the senator added, thanking the volunteers who went door-to-door to campaign for him.
Sanders won Democratic Michigan state primary with 50.1 percent votes compared to Clinton’s 48 percent.