Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Vote for Hillary Clinton in November (Video)
Bernie Sanders admitted earlier this week that it “doesn’t appear” he’ll be the Democratic nominee. But until Friday, it wasn't clear who he'd support in a general election.
When asked the much anticipated question, “Are you going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November?” on MSNBC, Bernie Sanders answered “yes”—to the potential devastation of his “Bernie or Bust” fan base.
“Yes, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders told MSNBC. “I think Trump, in so many ways, would be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president. We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry,” he added.
He also explained his role in fighting for the “strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention”:
"What I am trying to do right now is to make sure that the Democratic Party becomes a party that represents working people, not Wall Street; that is prepared to have an agenda that speaks to the need of creating millions of jobs, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, dealing with climate change, dealing with pay equity. Those are the issues that we need to have not only in a platform but we need Democratic leadership to be implemented."
The public will have a say in what goes on at the Democratic meetings going on now in St. Louis, as Sanders alluded to in this interview. Seating is currently available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“I’m pretty good at arithmetic,” Sanders said. “Hillary Clinton has more pledged delegates than I do and she has a lot more superdelegates than I do," he admitted. "But what I also know is we’re bringing 1,900 delegates into the convention, that we have received 13 million votes, and that what I am going to be doing right now—and I’m starting this afternoon, heading up to Syracuse for an event this evening—is we are going to be urging millions of people to get involved in the political process.”
According to Sanders, in the past week more than 20,000 people responded to his call urging supporters, during a live stream, to run for office and get involved in politics and education.