A Bernie Sanders supporter was photographed breastfeeding her daughter at an Ohio rally over the weekend and the Internet loves her for it.
Well, most of the Internet loves her for it, anyway. The Internet being the Internet, there were haters, too. But that hasn't stopped Margaret Ellen Bradford from using the platform to get exposure (ahem!) for Sanders. After the photo showed up all over the news, she asked for top-level help to get her picture with the politician and his wife. After all, Sanders and his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, were very vocal in support of Bradford and other nursing moms.
Here's what she wrote about 6-month-old Harper over on Facebook and her quick and short rise to fame/infamy from the second row at a rally. (Her image inspired a new hashtag: #BoobsForBernie.)
"This past week, my daughter and I got to attend a U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' rally. While there, she got hungry like babies do, and unbeknownst to me at the time a reporter took this photo of us. After the rally, Bernie and Jane O'Meara Sanders both thanked me for doing what mothers do and taking care of my daughter when she needed her mom, even if that meant nursing in public!
"After sharing the story that went with the photo, it went unexpectedly viral! I've since had news stories show up in Cleveland, Arizona, Florida, Texas and others, plus countless blogs. I've seen it on over 50 different high-traffic Facebook pages. I'm being sent new articles by the hour! I've gotten a lot of hate mail and a lot more love mail, but the one thing I don't have is a picture of my beautiful 6-month-old Bernie baby with Bernie and Jane Sanders! Any chance you could help me fulfill my wish, and help us get our photo with Bernie?"
The Sanders campaign highlighted the photo in a tweet, saying no mom should be stigmatized for nursing her baby. No word yet on an appearance on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" or, you know, the coveted photo with Bernie.