Sean Kehren, 22, didn’t do anything to earn the ridicule of the Internet other than be engaged in civic life by, in this case, becoming a delegate from the 8th congressional district to the Democratic National Convention.
He was shown during television coverage last night crying as Bernie Sanders implored his followers to support Hillary Clinton.
His choice in hats earned him the identity as “Crying Peter Pan” or “Crying Robin Hood.”
Social media presumed he was a “Bernie Buster,” the renegades in the party refusing to support the party nominee. He was even held up as an example of white privilege.
“I was getting emotional over the fact that he was doing his best to unify the party and I think that’s such a noble cause,” Kehren tells Yahoo News. “Bernie has led a revolution, he’s led a movement, and now that movement has to get behind the party.”
“I’m willing to admit that it’s funny to other people who don’t feel as passionate about it as I do,” he said. “And I don’t expect anyone to know who I am through just a picture of me crying.”
Kehren, a Gustavus Adolphus grad, apparently can stand the heat when the Internet has a little fun at his expense.
He’s the guy who ran over to a burning automobile on I-35 in Pine City in May and pulled a woman out.
“Anybody who values human life would have done the same thing,” he told the Star Tribune at the time.
You know what’s missing in the politics of Minnesota cities? A little fun, creativity, and whimsical rebellion.
Where’s the spirit of Kinney, Minnesota when we really need it?
Atlas Obscura gives the city, located between Virginia and Chisholm, a little love today, recalling the 1977 decision by the town to secede from the union because it needed help with its water system and it couldn’t get any.
Minnesota Historical Society
Mary’s Bar, the tavern owned by Mayor Mary Anderson, an Iron Range political institution, was the “situation room” for the uprising in which the town would secede, declare war, surrender quickly, and reap the benefits of foreign aid. It worked. The publicity got the town a couple of grants to upgrade its water system.
And Iron Range pizza magnate Jeno Paulucci sent 10 cases of frozen pizza and a 1974 Ford LTD, brown with 50,000 miles on it.
Mary Anderson died in 2007, just a few months after the town celebrated the anniversary of its “uprising.”
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