Every hippie must dream of having their name carved into a soybean field.
Bernie Sanders has achieved that dream thanks to Mike Pattavina, a 68-year-old Clarinda, Iowa farmer who plowed “Bernie” into his soybean field. The “B” is 60-feet tall.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, so I thought I would do something different. I’m a huge supporter of Bernie’s,” Pattavina explained to the Des Moines Register, noting that it only took him maximum 30 minutes to complete the tribute.
“I just want people to see it, and maybe, hopefully, some people can see it from the air. Just to show support for Bernie,” Pattavina said to ABC News, noting that some of his other signs had been stolen from his yard.
“I thought, ‘Well, I’d like to see them steal this one.’”
Pattavina told the Register why he supports Sanders: “I think he’s honest and he’s working for the working-class people. He’s sincere. When you go back and look at his past, he hasn’t changed.”
It seems the farmer has also been active in politics in his state, attending a Ted Cruz town hall and asking the candidate about his plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
“I think [Cruz] is taking it too far because I think Planned Parenthood does more to prevent abortions than all the pro-life [programs] put together,” he reportedly said. “I think these women need to the program. If you shut them completely down, you’re denying millions of women health care.”
This is Pattavina’s first foray into field art.
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