The Democratic presidential candidate attended Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals Monday night with supporter Danny Glover

By Andrea Park
May 31, 2016 10:25 AM
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Bernie the baller?

Bernie Sanders attended Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Monday night in Oakland, and compared the series’ dramatic ending to his own struggle to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

“Last week, Golden State was down three games to one. Tonight, they finished off a great comeback in California. I like comebacks,” he tweeted after the game, in which the Golden State Warriors took a surprising 96-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals.

Sanders, 74, is campaigning heavily across California in an effort to best Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the state’s June 7 primary. He attended Monday’s game alongside actor and supporter Danny Glover.

Sanders took in the second half of the game on the same day a group of animal rights activists rushed the stage at a rally, Reuters reports. Although the Secret Service had to escort several people off the stage, the Democratic candidate was reportedly not flustered by the interruption and instead seemed to draw from it a metaphor for his uphill campaign battle against Clinton.

“We don’t get intimidated easily,” he said, before picking up right where he left off in his speech.

Clinton is taking seriously the potential of a California comeback by her rival. She has canceled appearances in New Jersey and added five days of campaigning in California – starting Thursday – ahead of the state’s delegate-rich primary.

Sanders has refused to back down from Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, even after his campaign was accused of damaging Clinton’s chances of defeating GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“Well, I guess if we take your assumption and Clinton supporters’ assumption to the logical conclusion, you know what we should do? We should go back to a monarchy, and not have any elections at all,” Sanders said in an interview on Today last week.

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