Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took New York City by storm on Wednesday, drawing a massive crowd to Manhattan’s Washington Square Park for what appeared to be the biggest campaign event so far in the race.
The preliminary estimates showed almost 27,000 people attended the star-studded rally, according to MSNBC. However, as the night progressed, the approximated number of rally-goers rose up to 48,000.
“The political revolution is about people looking around them and saying, ‘How could it be that in this country that the top 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent?” Sanders said during his speech, as the park reverberated with loud cheers and chants. “How could it happen that the 20 wealthiest people in America now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans?'”
While touting his Brooklyn roots, the White House hopeful also touched on numerous other topics, including women’s pay gap, systemic racism in the country, student loan debt, Wall Street and minimum wage.
“I think we’ve got a surprise for the establishment,” Sanders said in conclusion to an hourlong speech. “I think that if we have a large voter turnout on Tuesday, we’re gonna win this thing!”
Celebrities, including renowned director Spike Lee and actors Tim Robbins and Rosario Dawson, also attended the rally.
Rock band Vampire Weekend also played in support of Sanders.
With the New York primary less than a week away, this massive turnout might actually put a dent in Hillary Clinton's lead.
Watch the complete event, which many have dubbed as “televised revolution,” in the video below: