Presidential not-so-hopeful Bernie Sanders still hasn’t officially exited the race for the Democrat nomination, despite having slim to none chance of becoming the nominee. However, today he surprised many, including many of his supporters no doubt, by announcing he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president in November.
Sen. Bernie Sanders reveals that he plans to vote for his primary rival Hillary Clinton for president — two weeks after she claimed the nomination during a speech in Brooklyn.
Sanders revealed his decision during an interview on Morning Joe after he was asked if he would vote for Clinton in November.
“Yes,” Sanders replied, voicing his concern about Donald Trump. “We do not need a president who’s cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women.”
Sanders said he would continue working to make the Democrats “a party that represents working people, not Wall Street.”However Sanders indicated during an interview with CBS Morning on Friday that he hadn’t endorsed Clinton yet “because I haven’t heard her say the things that need to be said.”
“We’re talking,” he said.
Beyond gaining him a role in pushing the Democrat socialist platform further left, it’s unclear at this point if Bernie’s support of Hillary will gan her many of his followers. Recent polling suggests nearly half of Sanders supporters would not vote for Hillary Clinton, even with their chosen one Bernie out of the race.
It’s also unclear at this point how much the Democrat party has been jolted by the serious rebuke to some of its central policies represented by last night’s stunning vote by British citizens to exit the European Union. Many are interpreting the results as a sound rebuke of globalism, centralized government and socialism — and the dangerous immigration policies that are destroying both the cultures of the EU members as well as the very security of their people. Indeed, both President Obama and Hillary Clinton had urged the UK to remain in the EU, so its decision to leave is another blow to their vision, while an apparent reinforcement of some of the positions GOP presumptive nominee is advocating.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]