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"It was an exciting time because Sanders was a self-proclaimed socialist," Hoiberg says. "That brought me back into politics. It was a way to get the conversation started." But then Sanders fell second to Hillary Clinton and later endorsed her candidacy, a disillusioning experience for the 23-year-old activist. Hoiberg, who started reading some Karl Marx while studying critical theory at an Irvine Valley College English class, looked at the Green Party, liked Jill Stein's Green New Deal, but ultimately decided to enlist in the Socialist Party USA a month before the presidential election with two of his friends.