Today, July 12, 2016, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for the office of President, and the memes got a whole lot less dank. Throughout modern history’s most meme-able election cycle, one online community had emerged as the premier destination for the dankest political memes: Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash.
But the wheel of time and politics continues turning, and all dank memes must die. Bernie reminded all of his supporters of this in his endorsement speech. Live, the speech was met with mostly applause. Online, in the American heartland of memes, it was met with sickness, doubt, fear, and frantic ticket buying to the #TrumpTrain.
The 442,000-strong over inside Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash, a private Facebook group that floods your feed, was going through tumult with some calling him a sell-out while others were calling for more support of his Clinton.
Meanwhile: “This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face,” Sanders said from the podium in New Hampshire, while the stash of dank memes cracked, burst, and deflated. “And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.”
YouTube livestreams of the joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire flooded the channel, and boy, the comments sections were dank and full of terrors.
Sander’s endorsement kicked off a storm of indignation among many of his supporters, who felt betrayed by the man and the meme they loved so much.
Then there were the people who were objectively sad, claiming they had “seen America die.”
Others just wanted to watch the world burn, saying that without the Bern’ in the race, it was all aboard the Trump train or Green Party candidate Jill Stein, whose drastically different political platforms were somehow more favorable than Clinton’s.
Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash has always been known for its loyalty. Sure enough, there were plenty of people who weren’t ready to give up the fight, despite their candidate’s endorsement of his rival.
Not even the FBI’s decision not to indict Hillary Clinton over her leaked emails put off some hardcore Berners from holding out hope.
The biggest claim, of course, was that Bernie had sold out, possibly under duress.
Others tried to apply logic to the situation, with varying degrees of success.
But even through the flames of the group imploding, new memes arose, ones that were almost kinda funny, ones that spoke of a deep-running progressive spirit and the prized American ability to capture the perfect one-frame screenshot from a live campaign speech.
Thank you, Pete Rodericks, long may you meme. If you can’t believe that the Bern is out, head over to the Dank Memes Stash yourself and join the party. It’s currently still in the anger stage of grief, so have fun before resignation hits.