Al-Monitor – “A social Democrat pursuing political revolution in the United States,” wrote Iran’s official IRNA news agency of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders after he launched his campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential race for the White House.
Sanders introduced his fight as one about “creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.” Based on that agenda, “Sanders has come forth with ‘revolution’ as his slogan,” reported leading Iranian business daily Donya-e Eqtesad. According to the daily, what Sanders enjoys more than other US presidential candidates is massive support on social media.
Seemingly trying to hide excitement about Sanders’ announcement, Jahan Sanat, a conservative paper with regularly biting headlines against President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate government, referred to Sanders as the “leftist Democrat.” But the term notably has little negative connotation in the Islamic Republic, whose ideology shares a lot with left-wing movements opposed to US global influence. “Sanders launched his campaign right at a time when the US president [Donald Trump] undermined his Venezuelan counterpart’s socialist ideology as a dead one with no more relevance in the Americas,” wrote Khorasan, as it introduced Sanders as a progressive politician.