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Bernie Sanders will speak in Cedar Rapids on Friday


Not One Penny Rally in Cedar Rapids

Veterans Memorial Coliseum — Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Bernie Sanders speaks with supporters and takes selfies following a Clinton campaign rally. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. — photo by Zak Neumann

Sen. Bernie Sanders will be speaking at a rally in Cedar Rapids on Friday. The rally is being staged by Not One Cent, a progressive group that opposes President Trump’s tax policies.

Not One Cent was formed in August to oppose the tax cuts proposed by the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress. According to the group’s website, since those tax cuts were signed into law in December, its new goal is “to fight back until the TrumpTax is repealed.”

Sanders will be the featured speaker for the TrumpTax Tour that Not One Penny announced last week. In addition to Cedar Rapids, the first stop on the tour, the independent senator from Vermont will be appearing in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Lansing, Michigan.

Admission for the rally at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum is free, and the event begins at 7 p.m.

Sanders visited Iowa many times as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, but has only been back to the state twice since the general election. In July, he was the featured speaker at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement convention in Des Moines, and the following month Sanders stopped in Iowa City on the promotional tour for his book, Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution. On Friday, Sanders will campaign in Des Moines for Democratic congressional candidate Pete D’Alessandro, before heading to Cedar Rapids for the rally.

Sanders finished first in the 2016 Democratic caucuses in both Johnson and Linn Counties in 2016, but Hillary Clinton won the most delegates overall in Iowa. The contest between the two Democrats was often acrimonious, and on Tuesday, Sanders said that Russian efforts to influence the presidential election were partially responsible for the friction between Clinton and Sanders supporters in 2016.

“We knew that they were trying to sow division within the American people,” Sanders told Jason Noble of the Des Moines Register. “In my case, it was to tell Bernie supporters that Hillary Clinton is a criminal, that Hillary Clinton is crazy, that Hillary Clinton is sick — terrible, terrible ugly stuff — and to have Bernie Sanders supporters either vote for Trump or Jill Stein or not vote at all.”

Last week, Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collaboration between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies for interfering in the 2016 election in order to damage Clinton’s presidential bid and otherwise disrupt American politics.


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