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Secret Service To Start Protecting Next President

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks from the West Wing of the White House to speak to reporters after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington January 27, 2016. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

BREAKING NEWS: The Secret Service has announced it will begin protecting our next President, Bernie Sanders, a full year before he takes office in January 2017.

As Sanders has risen from a relatively unknown candidate to Democratic frontrunner, the number of threats posed by extremists has only grown. Earlier this month someone fired a bullet into Sanders’ Las Vegas campaign office.

Federal law authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to issue Secret Service protection for Presidential candidates and their spouses. According to the Secret Service website, in order to qualify as a candidate and receive protection, an individual must:

  • Be publicly announced
  • Have some degree of prominence as shown by opinion polls
  • Be actively campaigning and entered in at least 10 state primaries
  • Be seeking the nomination of a qualified party
  • Have qualified for matching funds in the amount of at least $100,000
  • Have received contributions totaling $10 million

Bernie publicly announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination last June, is #1 in multiple polls, and has received a record-breaking 3,022,945 individual contributions, totaling at least $75 million.

Despite the obvious, some individuals voiced confusion and displeasure at the announcement.

Others made the connection without difficulty.


Destined for the White House, the days of Sanders flying coach with everyone else will soon come to an end.

That’s ok though. This is an image I can get used to seeing.

Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, and college professor. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Jane says:

    Good, I was getting worried. There are some very bad actors out there who do not want others to hear Bernie’s message.

  2. Val says:

    Bernie for president!

  3. J.L. Lucas says:

    Trump & Carson has had Secret Service protection for months because of threats on their life but I did not hear that someone had actually fired shots into their headquarters as has been done to Sen, Sanders. Of course he should have their protection because he’s in danger from the lunatics that prey on people they fear, people they fear could win the election over their own candidate, who ever that may be..

  4. warren says:

    This is a joke right? Why would he need security? No one cares about him, theres nothing to protect him from. Hes just a dumb goon that makes stupid faces and flails his arms in the air and points at everything. No one is taking him seriously. A vote for Bernie is a wasted vote.

    • Destynee says:

      Are you slow in the head? has the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people completely escaped your slow mind? He has more supporters than anyone candidate from both sides of the political spectrum but I wouldn’t expect a lamer to comprehend that large of a scale of supporters that Mr. Bernie Sanders has. Go back to your simple mindedness and let the intelligent people talk.

    • TG Koebel says:

      Very lame comment, Warren.
      ALL viable candidates for President are to have protection; especially when there have been problems. I, too, am outraged to discover that he hasn’t had protection until now.

    • CatMom says:

      Troll Alert. Please don’t feed the trolls.

  5. 5WarVeteran says:

    I am a 22 year 100% disabled service connected Veteran and I am glad to say I am not as stupid as you all are. But I did fight for your right to be stupid.

  6. Catherine McCarthy says:

    Damn. I wish life hadn’t made me so cynical but if Mr Sanders has a ‘heart attack’ ( one of the CIA’s more subtle assaination tools) under the guise of his being 74 then please, be very, very suspicious. Having a Homeland security detail is a red flag for me.

  7. Priscilla Alexander says:

    I assumed he already had secret service protection. I thpught all candidates for President did. I am outraged that he didn’t until now. I am sure Clinton did. Shouldn’t O’Malley be protected too?

  8. Alan Gerbracht says:

    It’s about time!!! I’m a vet for Bernie! Only with people power all over the country & in the media will Bernie’s true power come forth. Get with it – your time is NOW!

  9. Emily says:

    Lets not just depend on secret service though.There’s millions of us, we can protect him too. If you’re ever at one of his speeches or somewhere where he is, just keep an eye out. Take a second or two, look around for anyone acting nervous or tense, and keep an eye out for weapons. Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something, say something to those around you, quietly, and work together. One person with a weapon can be restrained and overcome by a few without. See someone pull out a weapon close to you, yell it out and tackle them. You will be joined and helped by others. People work together to subdue cash register robbers and bank robbers, no one wants a shooter. #WeWillProtectBernie

  10. Pumpkin says:

    Could you imagine if someone shot a gun through Hillarys office or Trumps!?! It would be all CNN would talk about but yet I have to come on here to find out what is going on. CNN sucks.

  11. C miller says:

    So true Pumpkin. They do their best to try and play down Bernie and yet look how far he has come. No foul comments about running mates. Just a good clean campaign.

  12. Tony Conforti says:

    And who will protect him from the CIA. Lets not forget JFK.

  13. Keven John says:

    Anyone who is against the real people that are in power in the United States will most likely can’t become president– If you happen to become president by mistake you will be assassinated– Let’s not forget JFK people– One of the best president of this country who was against the central bank turned up assassinated in public-

  14. David says:

    Waste of money, this asshat has NO chance of becoming president

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