Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States on Tuesday morning, July 12, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
“I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future,” he said in the opening of his speech. “That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”
Although not everyone is happy with his decision. Sanders’ supporters has been a staunchly against the idea of Clinton as president. According to USA Today, some of those supporters at the rally were shouting “NO!” or chanting “Bernie.” But there are still voters who want “unity,” as they shouted the word from the crowd.
Sanders made it clear earlier this year that if it comes down to Clinton or the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, he’s voting for Clinton. In Thursday’s remarks, he continued to express this same sentiment.
“In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up,” Sanders said. “While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African-Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.”
Sanders also said that there “is no doubt in my mind” that Clinton is the “best candidate” to address the needs of the American people. Although several voters are referring to Sanders as a “sell out” and hypocrite since he’s also stated that Clinton wasn’t “qualified” to be president earlier this year in April. But now, the 74-year-old is stating that he intends to do “everything I can to make certain she will be the next president.”
Sanders had a good run as many were #FeelingTheBern. But now Clinton likely has a clear shot for the Democratic nomination seat. After Sanders’ speech, Clinton took the stage to profusely thank the Vermont Senator and his wife, Jane. She also noted that together, they can beat Trump.
“With your help, we’re joining forces to defeat Donald Trump, win in November, and build a future we can all believe in,” Clinton said. “Thank you, thank you Bernie for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice. I am proud to be fighting alongside you because, my friends, this is a time for all of us to stand together.”
Clinton also spoke about her vision for the future of the United States which includes equal pay for women, making college more affordable, raising the minimum wage and to have each person automatically be registered to vote once he or she reaches the age of 18.
“Let’s open the doors to everyone who shares our progressive values,” Clinton said. “I am asking you to stand with us, and then I’m asking you to keep working.”
Clinton still has a long road ahead as many voters are still proclaiming that they are still not with her. Instead, they are looking towards Green Party frontrunner, Jill Stein.
Stein has already criticized the endorsement on Twitter too.
“If you don’t want to vote for a war monger or racist billionaire, there are more options. The political revolution will keep going,” she tweeted.
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