I love this guy – Can any one else imagine a post like this coming from Hillary Clinton or Little Hands?

Bernie Sanders

Yesterday, I was informed that someone in the West Virginia state government made a last minute decision to cancel MSNBC’s use of a National Guard armory that Chris Hayes and I were going to use to hold a town meeting in McDowell County, West Virginia. The arrangements had been agreed to several weeks before and hundreds of people in the area had signed up to attend the meeting that was going to be broadcast on Chris’s show.

The reason I want to do a town meeting in McDowell County is pretty simple. I want to focus attention on poverty in America, something which is almost never talked about now. I want the nation to understand that in the richest country in the history of the world, 43 million Americans are living in poverty. I want people to know that, according to a 2011 American Journal of Public Health study, 130,000 people die every year in our country due to poverty.

I want people to see, first hand, how poverty leads to terrible despair and that, in reality, how it is a death sentence for many. In McDowell County, one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states, people are now living shorter lives than their parents. Unemployment is sky high, drug addiction is at an epidemic rate and the schools lack adequate funding. It is high time that we, as a nation, heard from the people who are impacted by this crisis and determined the best ways forward.

If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be intimidated from going to McDowell County, West Virginia, to hold a town meeting, they are dead wrong. If they don’t allow us to use the local armory, we’ll find another building. If we can’t find another building, we’ll hold the meeting out in the streets. That town meeting will be held. Poverty in America will be discussed. Solutions will be found.