An 88-year-old is planning to run as a Democratic candidate for president, and it’s not Bernie Sanders.
Sanders is only 77, a veritable young whippersnapper by comparison.
This new candidate is Mike Gravel, who was an Alaska congressman and a U.S. senator way back in the day. He hasn’t been in political office in 38 years. But he’s all fired-up now about running for president, and he even created a Twitter account so he can freely bash the other candidates.
“I am considering running in the 2020 Democratic primary,” he wrote as he second-ever tweet. “The goal will not be to win, but to bring a critique of American imperialism to the Democratic debate stage. The website (http://mikegravel.org ) is under construction. Official announcement will be in the coming days.”
His website is online now and includes a donate button, which is odd since his goal isn’t to win the Democratic nomination. But the button itself seemed to be having technical difficulties.
From his stated positions, Gravel is quite liberal, but his goal is to qualify for debates so he can stand behind a podium and shame other Democrats for not being liberal enough.
In a string of tweets on Wednesday, Gravel proceeded to bash some of the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls one by one. For an 88-year-old, he seemed quite up-to-speed on the lingo kids are using these days as he dropped terms like “woke” and tried to get “#Gravel2020” and “#GravelGang” trending.”
According to Rolling Stone, Gravel is “the latest teen sensation.” They reported that it was actually “a group of students” that encouraged him to run. His popularity is now rapidly growing.
Gravel staffer Henry Williams, who is a freshman at Columbia University, told Rolling Stone that the upcoming candidate has only been tweeting since Tuesday night but was already adding “20 or 30 followers a minute” by Wednesday morning. By mid-morning on Thursday, he already had over 25,000 people following him on Twitter.
This is not the first time Gravel has run for president. He put his hat in the ring for the 2008 election and gained attention with an entirely unique political ad.
He stood in front of a camera and stared at it for a full minute before walking over to a pond and chucking a rock into it. For the next minute-and-a-half, he’s seen walking away from the camera with the words “gravel2008.us” displayed on the screen.
Here’s to hoping for more ads like that this time around.