During a breakfast meeting with California delegates in the 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders pleaded with supporters to back Hillary Clinton going forward. When attendees booed, Sanders reminded them what’s at stake in this election.
‘It is easy to boo, but it’s harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump.’
Calling Trump “a demagogue who does not believe in the Constitution of the United States,” Sanders discussed party unity and advised delegates that their job is to defeat the racist, xenophobic, misogynistic GOP nominee. He also assured them that the revolution has not ended.
‘That is dangerous stuff. So our job is to do two things. It is to defeat Trump, it is to elect Clinton. But it is not to end on Election Day.’
In a later interview with Bloomberg Politics, Sanders expressed his understanding of his supporters’ position, but hoped that they would “accept the realty” that Hillary Clinton will be the next Democratic nominee.
‘Democracy is a little bit messy sometimes, especially for young people who work their hearts out. They worked against Hillary Clinton and now we’re saying we want you on board to support Hillary Clinton.’
Sanders also stated that his support for Clinton would not include fundraising, citing Clinton’s own fundraising power and his campaign’s need to offer financial support to Democratic downticket candidates. He also expressed again that his support of Clinton is tied to his alignment with her and the DNC platform on core issues.
‘If you look at one issue after the other issue in terms of who the candidate is that we need to lead this country there is no debate, and I’m quite confident that the overwhelming majority of people that voted for me, not just the people in that room, but over 13 million people, understand that.’
Sanders also explained that he agreed with giving delegates the opportunity to vote for him during the roll-call vote, saying that he didn’t expect to win and hoped that supporters would back Clinton once the roll-call ended, but that giving people the right to vote for the candidate they support was an important part of the election process.
Watch Sanders’s address to his delegates on day one of the DNC in the video below.
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