Bernie Sanders Finally Endorses Hillary Clinton For President
After months of putting it off and trying to somewhat stay in the presidential race, Bernie Sanders finally endorsed Hillary Clinton at a press conference Tuesday morning. The Vermont senator repeatedly said he wouldn’t drop out until the Democratic National Convention at the end of the month, but the party has already vowed to include many of his more progressive stances in its platform, all of which he mentioned in his endorsement speech. Sanders previously made it clear he would support the Democratic Party no matter what and was willing to work with Clinton, but Tuesday was the first time he actually said, “I am endorsing Hillary Clinton,” ending his bid for the White House.
“I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future,” Sanders said. “That future will be shaped more by what happens on Nov. 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”
In true Sanders fashion, he talked about minimum wage, affordable college, health care, and the big pharmaceutical industry ripping off average Americans, ensuring his supporters that Clinton is on the same page as him. “Hillary Clinton knows that something is fundamentally wrong when the very rich become richer,” while middle- and lower-class Americans work tirelessly just to get by, he said.
Of course, the speech bashed Donald Trump endlessly, from his rejection of scientific evidence about climate change to the lasting influence he would have on the Supreme Court if elected. “This election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up,” the senator told the crowd. “While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans and Muslims and women and African-Americans and our veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.”
Before giving the mic over to the Democratic nominee, Sanders said, “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president.” She was obviously overjoyed to have her opponent’s endorsement at last, beaming about how excited she was, and saying to Sanders, “I am proud to be fighting alongside you.”
The former secretary of state then tweeted a photo of her and Sanders, writing, “Together, let’s go win this election.”
She’ll be formally nominated by the party at the Democratic National Convention in two weeks, just after Trump is officially nominated at his party’s convention next week. Hopefully Sanders will stick around and help the Clinton campaign some, so we won’t be completely deprived of his moving speeches doused in a thick Brooklyn accent and much hand waving.