If optics are half of politics, Bernie just made quite a political statement today... and his supporters are listening.
Sander's told Bloomberg Politics that he's leaving the Democratic party, and the timing of his announcement is likely no coincidence. Many of his followers are planning a mass exodus from the Democratic party today, and using the hashtag #DemExit to encourage others to follow suit.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein is seen as the benefactor of this shift. She's also been tweeting with the #DemExit hashtag.
"DNC wants your support for lying, undermining, and insulting you. They'll lock you out if you don't comply. #DemExit," Stein tweeted.
Meanwhile, those disaffected Bernie supporters were holding "de-register" events to encourage voters to leave the party that they feel betrayed them. Coming on the heels of Tuesday's massive walkout from the Convention by Bernie followers, it's becoming clear (to everyone other than the mainstream media) that unity may have escaped the Democrats this election season.