Hillary Clinton’s win in California on Tuesday night essentially secured her place as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, but Sen. Bernie Sanders has vowed to stay in the fight until the very end.
The Vermont senator met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, after which, he announced that he would remain in the race for the last primary election, which will be held on Tuesday in the District of Columbia.
However the biggest surprise came moments later when Obama announced he was endorsing Hillary Clinton. Politico reports Obama as saying “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”
Per Politico’s report, Clinton acknowledge that Obama had been behind her for a while and that she “was grateful for this endorsement”
Sanders did not seem phased as he did not acknowledge Clinton’s inevitable nomination, but he did promise that he would work with the former secretary of state to defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump in November.
However, Sanders clearly didn’t realize that staying in the race and speaking negatively about Clinton only helps the GOP in the general election.
“In my view the American people will not vote for or tolerate a candidate who insults Mexicans and Latinos, who insults Muslims, who insults African-Americans and women,” Sanders said about Trump, according to Politico. “Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.”
However, Sanders also said he would definitely be participating in next week’s D.C. primary which doesn’t exactly paint the picture of a “united” Democrat party that has turned its focus to defeating Trump.
In fact, the senator has planned to hold a rally on Monday night before the primary as a last-ditch effort to sway voters.
“The major point that I will be making at the citizens of the District of Columbia is that I am strongly in favor of D.C. statehood,” he said, pointing out that his state of Vermont has roughly the same population as the nation’s capital, but the district does not have the same representation in Congress.
He also said he looked forward to the final count of votes in California, anticipating a closer result than what was initially reported.
This doesn’t sound like a person who is ready to get behind Clinton and focus solely on defeating the GOP in November. This, instead, sounds like a candidate who will fight until the very end because he doesn’t believe that Clinton can get the job done.
What’s even worse for Clinton is that some Sanders supporters have started to lean toward the Trump camp, particularly after Trump welcomed them “with open arms” and pointed out similarities between the campaigns, such as the focus on trade.
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