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Bernie Sanders’ Brother Gives Glimpse Into Their Childhood, the ‘Real’ Bernie

Bernie is “a little less intense” at home, says his brother and fellow left-leaning politician, Larry

In a previously published clip of Rolling Stone‘s interview with Bernie Sanders’ big brother, Larry, the elder Sanders became emotional talking about his pride for “Bernard.”

In this longer video from that interview, Larry Sanders discusses what Bernie was like as a child (a bit of a jock), how both brothers became left-leaning politicians (they grew up in working-class Brooklyn, in the aftermath of the Holocaust, motivating them to fight for justice for all), and why Bernie’s had such success raising money without relying on Super PACs. “He is a very honest person….People can disagree with his ideas, but they know where he stands,” Sanders says. “And the crazy length of American political campaigns has in this case actually worked out [in his favor]. People have had many months to get to know him.”

Speaking of the Republican field’s reaction to his brother’s campaign, Larry says, “I think that they would be very foolish to underestimate a Bernie Sanders candidacy. And I’m not sure that the reason they don’t mention Bernard [as much as Hillary Clinton] is because he’s an easier candidate than Hillary Clinton. I think it may well be because they don’t want to build him up.”

What is the “real” Bernie Sanders like? According to his brother, an awful lot like Bernie Sanders the presidential candidate. “You probably do know much more about him than you will know about many people,” Larry says, laughing. But he concedes that at home Bernie is “a little less intense… a little more humorous.”

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