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Ben Wikler
1. Tonight, something kinda magical happened on the steps of the Capitol. It started like this:
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
2. Those two guys on the Capitol steps: NJ Sen and civil rights hero . Another shot of the beginning:
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
3. Booker and Lewis started a Facebook Live to talk about Trumpcare and what this moment means for America.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
4. I didn't know that it was happening when I walked up to the Capitol. I work with and was there for something else. Snapped this.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
5. When I took that picture, I was going to tweet: "something vile is brewing in that building. ." But I got a text—
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
6. The person I was trying to meet up with told me he was on the East Capitol steps on the Senate side. I found him, and saw this:
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
7. & , five fighters, passing around an iPhone. Whoa! Hi, Senators!
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
8. Maybe 20 people were sitting around them. They were telling stories about health care, laughing, answering questions. Felt like a picnic.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
9. I sat down. Realized I was sitting on the jacket of , who I realized was sitting next to me. Oops! Hi! Wow! Is this real?
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
10. Totally real. Organic, spontaneous. Senators kept drifting out. Passers-by kept wandering over and sitting down.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
11. This, I thought, must be what democracy is like in very tiny countries, or Ancient Greece. Senators & citizens kibbitzing about issues.
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Guy Cecil 26 Jun 17
Replying to @benwikler
Something is happening within the Dem Senate caucus that has been particularly encouraging over the past few weeks.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
12 The funniest thing to me was seeing people you normally see on TV passing 's phone back and forth to shoot video. !
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Kyle C. Rinaudo 26 Jun 17
Replying to @benwikler @CoryBooker
This is what a leader looks like. This is leadership. Thank you, , for your example. Thank you for the share.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
13. And then asked me to speak. And he said, stand up so the crowd can hear you! And I realized it had grown. A lot.
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AbbyNormal 26 Jun 17
Replying to @benwikler
This is beautiful. I'm a 62 yr old cancer survivor from . My Senators want me dead/bankrupt. Tonight I have hope đź‘Ť
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
14. Suddenly everyone was on their feet—and roaring. Hundreds of people. There spontaneously. Ready to fight for health care.
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
15. It was hard to get a shot of thr while crowd, but here's a piece of it. That's holding the phone, videoing .
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Ben Wikler 26 Jun 17
Replying to @benwikler
16. This was a rally now. Part of my job is speaking at rallies. Some are great. Some are fine. This one? Everyone was *on fire.*
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Janie Jones 26 Jun 17
Replying to @benwikler
I passed the beginning of this on the way to the Senate galleries. How amazing. Your shots are gorgeous
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