Bernie Sanders has launched his latest scathing attack against Hillary Clinton, describing her as the “lesser of two evils” in comparison to Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders, who is trailing behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination but is still clinging on to his bid, has made an attempt to explain support for Clinton.
According to Politico, Bernie Sanders was asked how a potential face-off between Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump would play out. Bernie Sanders went on to speak about how both Clinton and Trump are seen highly disparagingly amongst the electorate, explaining that support for Hillary Clinton simply comes out of a distaste for the other option, Donald Trump. Sanders said “That’s what the American people are saying. If you look at the favorability ratings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of them have very, very high unfavorable.”
Bernie Sanders’ comments have been seen by many as an admission that he now believes the race for the Democratic nomination will be won by Hillary Clinton. However, according to Yahoo, Sanders continued to emphasize that he has no plans to pull out of the race, claiming that he’d still have a better shot at the White House against Donald Trump in the general election. However, the senator from Vermont described his race as “a very steep uphill climb” now, calling on the Democratic party’s undecided super-delegates to throw their support behind his candidacy at this year’s Democratic National Convention, as the candidate with the best chance.
Sanders continued to speak about how he still holds a significant lead in the polls over Hillary Clinton when it comes to who could beat Donald Trump in a general election, however, considering he’s lacking behind the former Secretary of State in delegate numbers, his chance to exert that lead is looking more and more unlikely.
That being said, Bernie Sanders rounded off his comments by saying that he still thinks Hillary Clinton could beat Donald Trump in a general election, however, he feels that his campaign better appeals to independents, who aren’t attached to the Democratic party or the Republican party and are ultimately going to decide this election. Some will see Sanders comments as a small admission that his chances of winning the Democratic nomination are now fairly slim, whilst others will see them as a final cry for support for his candidacy.
Bernie Sanders also used the interview as an opportunity to give his take on reports of violence from his supporters at the Democratic convention in Nevada. Sanders admitted that there had been a considerable amount of booing and unrest from his supporters, but rebutted claims that there had been violence. However, Sanders stopped at discouraging his supporters from vocalizing their opposition to Hillary Clinton, saying that whilst he wouldn’t encourage them to do so, but if those same supporters wanted to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer, that’s completely their right to do so.
Whilst Bernie Sanders has seen a good deal of success in the most recent Democratic primary contests, he’s still lagging behind front-runner Hillary Clinton, who looks to be on course to secure the party’s nomination and face Donald Trump head to head later this year. Clinton currently holds 2,293 pledge delegates, just 90 short of the 2,838 delegates required for the nomination, with Bernie Sanders lagging firmly behind on 1,533 delegates. Many have claimed that Sanders problem lies with his inability to pick up many of the party’s so-called super-delegates, of which Hillary Clinton has 525 pledged to her campaign, whilst Sanders only has 39 attached.
It could be a while before Bernie Sanders drops out out of the race, but his chances of securing the Democratic nomination are now nearing nonexistence.
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