Tuesday morning Bernie Sanders united the Democrat party by announcing his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, but not everyone is happy, with some of his supporters calling him a sell-out.
Beginning his speech by giving thanks to the 13 million Americans who voted for him during the primaries, Sanders announced that he would be endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nominee and intends to do everything he can to ensure that she will become the “next president of the United States.”
“[T]his campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders or any other candidate who sought the presidency,” Sanders said in the rally. “This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face.”
Sanders began to compare Clinton with Republican nominee, Donald Trump, explaining the differences between the two and using these differences as his reasons for endorsing her. Sanders admitted during the rally that he and Clinton do disagree on a number of issues but he also claimed that on Sunday, July 10, during the Democratic Platform Committee the two campaigns were able to come together significantly.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today,” Sanders said at the end of the rally.
This proclamation is a far cry from how his stance was a couple months ago, when he claimed that Clinton wasn’t qualified for the presidency.
“I don’t believe that she is qualified,” Sanders said in a Philadelphia rally back in April, as reported by thinkprogress.org. “[I]f she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC.”
Trump was one of the first to call Sanders a sell-out on Twitter, comparing his endorsement of “Crooked Hillary Clinton” to Occupy Wall Street endorsing Goldman Sachs.
“I am somewhat surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters,” Trump tweeted. “They are not happy that he is selling out!”
While some Democrats are happy that the party has seemed to have finally united, like the Communications Workers of America who have now changed their endorsement from Sanders to Clinton, other supporters share Trumps sentiments, feeling outraged and disappointed at Bernie’s sudden change of heart.
“A Sanders endorsement of Clinton would be the ultimate betrayal of his supporters, especially those of us that poured money into his campaign.”
“Bernie, if you endorse Hillary Clinton, after is NOW A PROVEN FACT she lied to the American people, then you sir are a FRAUD.”
“Bernie, endorsing Clinton destroys every point you made and everything you stood for in the race. You are letting the people who supported you down. You made a promise to fight in the end, but instead you are conceding. You are not the elected leader you lead us to believe in. Shame on you.”
These are just some of the comments people have been leaving on Sander’s Facebook page, as reported on the Forward Progressives website.
Other supporters have asked him to wait for the Democrats Party convention, to run in a third-party or to join Jill Stein in the Green Party ticket.
Now that Sanders has endorsed Clinton, Clinton’s campaign will most likely focus on convincing his supporters to join them in their fight for the presidency.
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