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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.