Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be joining the Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the campaign trail today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he will finally endorse her campaign for presidency and put a rest to the divisions within the Democratic Party. His endorsement comes at a crucial time, as the Republican Party prepares to head to Cleveland for their national convention, where they will likely – but might not – crown predatory business mogul and racist rabble-rouser Donald Trump.
As the crowd cried “UNITY,” Senator Sanders announced that “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process. And I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president, and I intend to do everything I can to make certain that she will be the next president of the United States. I have come here to make it as clear as possible why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face! And Secretary Clinton is the best candidate to do that!” cried Sanders.
While holding out on his endorsement in the hopes riding popular momentum all the way to the Democratic convention, Senator Sanders has finally seen the writing on the wall. After fighting a hard-fought campaign that inflamed the hearts of millions of Americans with progressive fire, he hopes to use that leverage to pull the Secretary Clinton’s platform further leftward – and he has scored some important victories on that front, like the endorsement of a national $15 minimum wage, expanding Social Security, low-cost public college, a public healthcare option for the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, neither he nor Clinton have succeeded in pressing the DNC into disavowing President Obama’s questionable Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which is a cause of much concern above progressives.
Despite the concerns that Sanders might have split the vote, 85 percent of Democrats who voted for Sanders in the primary have said they will back Secretary Clinton in the fall. The dangers of a Donald Trump presidency are just too many and too dire for us to continue squabbling over petty ideological differences. As the Republican Party argues over such pressing issues as whether or not pornography is a public health crisis, it’s clear that only the Democratic Party is even in acknowledgement of the tremendous problems that this nation faces – and the only party actively looking to solve them.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.