Symone Sanders, national press secretary for the campaign, tweeted out a denial statement on May 28th saying “Never thought I’d have to say this, but no @BernieSanders did not walk out to a #DMX song in Lancaster earlier this week.”
Never thought I’d have to say this, but no @BernieSanders did not walk out to a #DMX song in Lancaster earlier this week.
The press secretary also tweeted out a link to view the actual Bernie rally entrance:
Slate gave an update to the story on Saturday when they received a statement from Edwin Acuna who admitted to editing the footage together with the song. The Sanders supporter said the mashup started as a “goof” and then morphed into a “social experiment” once it took off. In his statement, he calls out both Sanders and Clinton supporters for using the fake incident to push their own agendas.
Acuna’s full statement is below:
“To make a long story short, It started off as a goof, and turned into a social experiment. Literally everyone and their mothers went nuts, using it for their own agendas to prove that some how Bernie Sanders was anti gay all along, I chose that song because I knew it would shake up both ends of the spectrum. So I want to ask everyone, The younger folks out there, I really do appreciate the immense love everyone gave Bernie Sanders, but please think more about the political process and get involved instead of having to have a viral video to motivate you to make a move and vote. To those Hilary supporters, I hope you feel at a lose for words and I say that with all due respect, I respect your stance but Id like to ask you how it feels to believe you almost had a 1up on Bernie and a reason to shame him only to come up short? Just like you all accused the Bernie supporters of being senseless for following this man coming out to a DMX you too are a victim of blindly believing everything you see on the internet. With that said, I hope everyone remembers what memorial day is all about and RIP to all my dead soldiers, its more than just a 3 day weekend. God bless america.”
Acuna, whose Twitter account @Edwinprime has since been taken down, got a lot of people riled up and a lot of news sources reporting the story by early weekend. It’s also gotten people coming up with other song possibilities for the Senator.