While Republicans have long known who their presidential candidate will be, Democrats have been holding their breath for some time now. Media outlets have been touting Hillary Clinton as the clear winner over opponent Bernie Sanders for quite some time, yet Sanders seemed to hold on tooth and nail, perhaps because of Clinton’s ongoing criminal investigation.
But on Monday evening, Bernie Sanders took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and endorsed Clinton.
“Any objective observer will conclude that–based on her ideas and her leadership–Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” he said to delegates and convention-goers at the Wells Fargo Center. He claimed his goal was to stress the importance of unifying the Democratic party in order to defeat Trump.
“Our job is to do two things—to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton,“ he announced. “It is easy to boo,” he said in response to the heckling from his more ardent supporters. “But it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency.”
And yet, the following morning Sanders shifted his tone at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg Politics, telling reporters he would return to his post in the US Senate not as a Democrat, but as an independent.
So naturally, questions must be raised. It doesn’t make sense that Sanders would endorse Clinton out of fear of Trump becoming president, especially since Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein shares a platform with significantly more similarities to Sanders’ campaign than Clinton‘s.
The Democratic Establishment hasn’t progressed over the past several decades. In fact, the Party’s vote in favor of the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) shows just how incapable they are of moving forward. Meanwhile Bernie Sanders has vehemently opposed TPP, and so has Jill Stein. She even called to “Flush The TPP” more than six months before Clinton ever expressed her approval of it.
“I am currently trending on both Twitter and Facebook. Why? Because Americans want more than warmongers and fools,” Stein tweeted on July 12 in response to Sanders’ endorsement.
So why, when it seems so clear that Sanders should have endorsed Stein, did he opt for Clinton?
“Millions are realizing that if we want to fix the rigged economy, the rigged racial injustice system, the rigged health care system, toxic fossil fuel energy and all the other systems failing us, we must fix the rigged political system, and that will not happen through rigged Democratic Party,” Stein proclaimed in a statement after the confusing endorsement. “Right now we have a real chance to change our rigged political system, and we must not squander this opportunity by pledging allegiance to a corrupt political insider who the majority of Americans do not like, trust or believe in.”
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