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.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2016
Breaking: @SenSanders getting Secret Service protection
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) January 30, 2016
DEVELOPING: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to get Secret Service protection, @maryaliceparks reports.
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) January 30, 2016
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.
— Las Vegas Sun (@LasVegasSun) January 8, 2016
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:
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.
— Rob (@NY_Cowboy) January 30, 2016
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.
— Kaydee King (@KaydeeKing) November 12, 2015
— Kaydee King (@KaydeeKing) November 10, 2015
That’s ok though. This is an image I can get used to seeing.