Bernie Sanders Democratic-Socialist Senator from Vermont announced his second bid for the presidency on Tuesday, and having run in 2016, he already has widespread name recognition and a broad base of supporters and donors.
Late-night television hosts were on it right away. Jimmy Fallon, of The Tonight Show joked about Sander’s age, his disdain for the wealthy, and the volume of his voice:
At age 77, Bernie’s the only candidate who tossed his hat and his teeth into the ring. Within hours, his campaign raised more than $1 million. Bernie actually brought in so much money that he spent the rest of the day attacking himself. He was like, ‘We need to take the money out of my campaign!’
Fallon, in glasses and wig, impersonated Sanders, complete with his Brooklyn accent, saying:
Our country faces many problems right now. Human jobs are being replaced by artificial intelligence and robotics — which is very troubling when so many of us still can’t figure out what the hell Alexa is.
Stephen Colbert, of Late Night With Stephen Colbert, poked fun that Sanders announced his presidential bid in the early morning on Vermont Public Radio:
Bernie made his campaign announcement this morning in the most Bernie way possible: on Vermont Public Radio. Yeah — electric! It’s a hot booking. After that, he made it official by posting a flier on his local co-op bulletin board.
The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah went for Sanders’s video announcement, which was online shortly after his announcement. Noah:
You can tell that Bernie’s serious about winning, because he didn’t rub his hair with a balloon before filming this video. He’s serious now!