No matter your feelings on Bernie Sanders, he is, without a doubt, a Brooklyn Jew. And, as a Brooklyn Jew, he speaks at a LOUD VOLUME with a heavy accent. This was very clear at CNN’s Democratic primary debate last night, and many people on Twitter seemed to be annoyed that, while laying out his proposed policies and trading barbs with the other candidates, the Vermont senator was, indeed, yelling.
I really liked that first sentence of Bernie's statement before he started yelling at me. #DemDebate
— Jeff Chu (@jeffchu) July 31, 2019
The senator from Vermont is yelling so much he’s going to have a Bernie Saneurysm.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 31, 2019
In response to the critique of Bernie’s volume/tone/voice, many Jews took to Twitter to say, uh, have you met an elderly Ashkenazi Jewish person before? Because yeah, they shout. A lot. We rounded up the best tweets about the volume of Bernie’s Jewish voice.
1. “We are out of mustard.”
Blows my mind that so much of America is dumbfounded by the image of a passionate Jewish man.
"Why is Bernie yelling?"
That is not yelling. This is the tone that NY Jews use to communicate we are out of mustard or that it's going to be over 90° tomorrow 🤣🤣🤣 #DemocraticDebate
— Jesse Zook Mann (@zookmann) July 31, 2019
2. The horror!
Every parent dreads the day when they have to tell their children about Jews https://t.co/LoWwshzoC2
— David Grossman (@davidgross_man) July 31, 2019
3. EVERYONE CALM DOWN
Lox and seltzer: A Jewish girl’s act of resistance to all the candidates tone policing Bernie Sanders for “yelling”
THIS IS JUST THE VOLUME WE SPEAK AT GET OVER IT pic.twitter.com/H7nCCASts5
— Emily Mayer🔥 (@emilyfmayer) July 31, 2019
4. This is JUST how we TALK!
All this talk about Bernie yelling really drives it home that most Americans don't know any Jews!! This is just the way we TALK when we've got something IMPORTANT to say, ALRIGHT?
— Lilly Dancyger (@lillydancyger) July 31, 2019
5. LET’S ALL YELLLLL
THIS JEW IS YELLING IN SOLIDARITY WITH BERNIE.
— Jacob Labendz (@Jacob_Labendz) July 31, 2019
6. “A sweet lullaby”
I'm no Bernie supporter. But all of you people complaining about him yelling about everything clearly did not grow up with the New York Jews. To me, listening to him is like hearing a sweet lullaby that takes me right back to my childhood.
— Ethan BdM (@ethanbdm) June 28, 2019
People asking “why does bernie always have to yell” have clearly never been to a jewish family thanksgiving
— sofia 🦉 (@sofiaaclaire) July 31, 2019
8. “Love and lox to you.”
For people who focus on Bernie "yelling" with PTSD, love and peace to you.
For people who focus on Bernie "yelling" who don't know Jews, love and lox to you.
For people who focus on Bernie "yelling" more than you do the world burning, some "yell" BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HEAR US!
— rafael (@rafaelshimunov) July 31, 2019
9. TBH, it is just how old Jews speak.
I'm pretty sure saying that Bernie needs to yell less is offensive to old Jews. This is just how we communicate!
— Lon Harris (@Lons) July 31, 2019
10. “While eschewing an inside voice” is our new favorite way to say “yell.”
The same people who accuse Bernie of running away from his Jewish identity also seem very annoyed that he talks with his hands while eschewing an inside voice.
— Gladstone (@WGladstone) July 31, 2019
11. A Jewish person is speaking loudly!
“I’d like to speak to a manager. Hi. Yes, this Jewish person at the podium next to me is um…speaking very loudly and it’s interfering with my mindnumbingly inane, vacuous, and meaningless policy pronouncements.”
— דער יִידִישר אַרבּעטער (@JewishWorker) July 31, 2019
12. It’s just a cultural thing.
I showed this to @faineg and her response was “There are layers upon layers of Jewish humor here that I don’t understand.”
A lot of people are talking about how Bernie talks right now and I feel like these are people who did not grow up in the New York tri-state area. https://t.co/DBJwyXIT5o
— Daniel Scarnecchia (@mountainherder) July 31, 2019
13. “He is the Larry David anima.”
Bernie is everyone’s Jewish zaddie/zaydie
he is the Larry David anima, made whole pic.twitter.com/vyhTBikSkh
— HanukkahHat Revere🌹 (@HanukkahHat) July 31, 2019
14. “He is a feeling.”
Completely outside of politics, I want to point out that as a Jewish American, Bernie Sanders is more than a person, he is a feeling, and one that is ingrained deep into my bones
— Odeya Pinkus (@OdeyaPinkus) July 31, 2019
15. We can hear him saying this:
Bernie Sanders has been in Vermont for like 50 years, but he still has that Brooklyn Jewish accent he grew up with, like he's going to say: "What am I, chopped liver?" #DemDebate
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) July 31, 2019
16. And a bonus tweet, not about yelling, but just too good not to share:
idk, just thought this had to be a gif pic.twitter.com/pso9rOz8dw
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 31, 2019
Image of Bernie in header by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images