Bernie Sanders on Wednesday announced that he will deliver yet another speech, a speech that is expected to stream live and one which has sparked further speculation that Sanders was, at last, going to concede the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton.
But that speculation was thrown into doubt, as Politico reporter Gabriel Debenedetti said he was told that the Sanders speech on Thursday, to be delivered at Town Hall auditorium in New York City, will not be an announcement that Sanders is finally ending his quixotic campaign for president, but instead simply a discussion of “policy.”
I’m told @BernieSanders‘ speech in New York tomorrow is *not* a concession, but rather about his policy preferences.
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) June 22, 2016
The speech is entitled “Where We Go From Here,” however, which seems to imply that Sanders will be delivering another address similar to the talk he gave last Thursday, June 16, via an online live stream.
Bernie Sanders just announced an event in NY tomorrow titled “Where We Go From Here”: pic.twitter.com/QjMwCQdUe1
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 22, 2016
The announcement of the Thursday Bernie Sanders speech in New York City came shortly after the C-SPAN network aired a one-on-one interview with Sanders in which he admitted, possibly for the first time publicly, that “it doesn’t appear” that he will win the Democratic nomination.
Sanders lost the Democratic primaries rather handily to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, earning just 1,841 pledged delegates to 2,210 for Clinton — a clear majority for the former Secretary of State. Clinton also won the overall popular vote, with 55 percent to 45 percent for Sanders.
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2016
Since the final Super Tuesday of the campaign in which Sanders lost the California primary — the biggest delegate prize of the campaign — to Clinton by a wide margin even after most previously uncounted ballots had been tabulated, Sanders has delivered four public speeches and in each one, many observers have expected his to concede and throw his support behind Clinton and present a united front against Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
But in each instance, Sanders has failed to do so, or even to acknowledge that Hillary Clinton defeated him.
Will he finally make that admission in his Thursday speech? Apparently not. But to find out for sure, watch the Bernie Sanders “Where We Go From Here” speech in a live stream from Town Hall in New York City, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, 4 p.m. Pacific, on Thursday, June 23, in the video below.
On Wednesday, Trump himself delivered a speech in which he made a direct appeal to voters who supported Bernie Sanders to vote for him, Donald Trump, instead.
“The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money,” Trump said in his uncharacteristically prepared remarks. “That’s why we’re asking Bernie Sanders’s voters to join our movement, so together we can fix the system for all Americans.”
“We’re asking Bernie Sanders supporters to join our movement” against rigged politics — Trump speaking in New York pic.twitter.com/bClC59IU3V
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 22, 2016
Sanders responded in his C-Span interview, saying that he did not “think” that his supporters would vote for Trump.
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2016
However, according to a Bloomberg News poll released last week, Sanders may be misreading his supporters. The poll showed that more than one in every five Bernie Sanders supporters, 22 percent, said they planned to vote for Donald Trump in the November election.
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A vote for Trump would appear to contradict most of the important themes and policies raised by Bernie Sanders in his campaign, as New York Magazine reporter Eric Levitz pointed out on Wednesday.
“By the end of his speech, Trump had advertised his massive tax cut, called for deregulating the energy sector, and portrayed undocumented immigrants as murderers and Muslim refugees as lovers of female slavery. Not popular sentiments at most Sanders rallies.”
While Bernie Sanders would normally be expected to deliver a speech at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia next month, Sanders may not be given that opportunity, given that he refuses to concede the nomination to Hillary Clinton.
[Featured Photo By Evan Vucci / Associated Press]