Bernie Sanders supporters no longer have any reason to back Hillary Clinton in the general election come November. During negotiations, Clinton allies on the Democratic Party platform committee voted against several proposals Sanders has supported, including a $15 minimum wage and single payer health care.
In another swipe at Sanders, Democratic committee members who support Clinton voted in favor of bringing the Trans-Pacific Partnership to a vote in Congress, overruling those against it. It is a trade agreement that would seriously diminish the nation’s autonomy and laws. Although Clinton has publicly said she is against the TPP during the primary race, she is actually one of the people who helped draft it.
IB Times reports that, while Clinton was Secretary of State, “negotiating the TPP was one of her biggest achievements.” Her opposition to it now, then, resembles mere politicking to garner votes from people who oppose it. It makes sense, then, that Clinton’s allies on the platform committee would rebuff Sanders allies who are against it.
In a statement on Sunday, Sanders expressed disappointment that the platform drafting committee had rejected three more important proposals: a carbon tax, a ban on fracking, and a requirement to pursue 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The initial committee also also voted against ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
I'm disappointed and dismayed that allies of Hillary Clinton beat back Democratic Party platform proposals on trade.https://t.co/DUCZL7s4wh
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 25, 2016
Supporters of Bernie Sanders have been bombarded with news that he had appeared on MSNBC and said he would vote for Hillary Clinton in November. This is only half true. When Morning Joe hosts asked him to choose between Clinton and Trump, Sanders chose Clinton, which gave the mainstream media the fuel it needed to falsely claim that Sanders was conceding and would endorse Clinton.
On the contrary, Bernie has said he is not endorsing his rival just yet and is determined to take his fight to the convention, even if it is to hammer out the Democratic platform instead of winning the nomination.
On CNN’s Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Bernie made it clear he is not giving up the fight.
“We lost some very important fights. We’re going to take that fight to Orlando, where the entire committee meets in two weeks. And if we don’t succeed there, then we’ll certainly take it to the floor of the Democratic Convention.”
And former Ohio state Senator and renowned Sanders surrogate Nina Turner appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper alongside former Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley and former Arizona governor Jan Brewer. When asked whom she would be voting for, Turner proudly said that she is still fighting for Sanders.
“I’m not about the sacrifice my values and principles. Who I’m voting for is not as important as who the American people… need to be their leader to lift them.”
A few minutes later in the conversation, as O’Malley and Brewer had a heated discussion, Turner spoke up again about the inequity of the primary process.
“The voters are being left out of this, Jake. I’m trying to bring it back to that, and the governor can’t judge, you know, who I choose to vote for or not vote for.”
— Tezlyn Figaro (@TezlynFigaro) June 26, 2016
Sanders has no reason to drop out of the race yet. California is still very much in the running, with Sanders flipping counties. The Inquisitr recently reported that more than 600,000 ballots remain to be counted in the Golden State, and Sanders has whittled Clinton’s lead to less than nine percent.
In Los Angeles alone, fewer than 157,000 votes separate Sanders and Clinton, but the former Secretary of State’s lead is dwindling with each report.
Renowned author and election fraud expert Richard Charnin claims that up to 15 percent of Sanders’ ballots were flipped to Clinton on machines with allegedly malicious code installed. This theory appears to be backed up by the fact that Sanders leads among hand-counted mail-in ballots, whereas Clinton leads where machines counted ballots. In fact, in every county in the state of California, his share of votes exceeds his machine counted votes.
Charnin claims the possibility of this is zero, giving even more credence to the theory of a rigged election.
Bernie Sanders is likely aware of these allegations. He is more than likely collecting data and information to use in his favor at the convention. Clinton’s email server scandal is becoming a bigger headache for her, as more damning information about her poor security and questionable ethics comes to light.
The Democratic platform drafting committee is still working out the first drafts and when it meets again in Orlando, Florida, to hammer out more details, Sanders will have a better idea of what he will be dealing with at the convention against Clinton. Until then, Sanders supporters can only wait and see what happens between now and July 25.
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