U.S. Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Sanders did not suspend his campaign for president and has made no move to step back before the convention in July.
When asked if he was going to vote for Clinton in November, Sanders said, “Yes. I think the issue right here is I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think, Donald Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country.”
Sanders comments came after his Thursday night rally in Manhattan where he drew a crowd of thousands to a Town Hall meeting. Overnight, however, all eyes turned to the UK where voters chose in a referendum vote to leave the European Union. The vote was expected to go in favor of remaining. Voters sided with right-wing populists, with 52 percent voting to end their affiliation with the 28 member European union.
Income inequality doesn’t work for the masses
“What worries me very much is the breaking down of international cooperation. Europe in the 20th Century, as we all know, the kind of blood that we shed there is unimaginable and you never want to see that again,” Sanders told host Willie Geist. “On the other hand, I think the indication of what this vote is about is that the global economy is not working for everybody.” The message for Europe was the same as that of his campaign mantra – income inequality, where world money troves held and nurtured, by and for the upper echelon, was detrimental to the masses. “It’s not working in the UK for everybody and it’s not working in the United States for everybody,” Sanders said.
The Vermont Senator and self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, who has drawn millions of voters to the political process told supporters on Thursday night, “What this campaign has shown, not just in winning 13 million votes, but in taking in the establishment all over this country, what it has shown is that millions of people are prepared to stand up, fight back and create the nation we know we can become.”
“Election days come and go, but what is much more important is that political and social revolutions continue.” – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
Also on Thursday, Sanders brought his message of political revolution to a drop-in appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Working on his Town Hall speech with Colbert, Sanders said that he wanted his supporters to know that the “struggle for social justice will continue.” Colbert prompted Sanders to commit on the status on his campaign. When asked if he was going to continue his campaign, Sanders said, “Absolutely.” Sanders said he was still a candidate and when asked if he was going to drop out of the race, he told Colbert, “No.”
Sanders went on to admit that his delegate count of 1900 was less than that of former Sec. of State Clinton. “She has more, which is not so good for me. It’s good for her,” he said. “But 1900 delegates is quite a lot of people and what we’re doing now is marshalling our resources to make sure that a) We defeat Donald Trump, and defeat him badly, and b) the need to transform America. And to do that we need a political revolution.”
This post first appeared on Examiner.com on June 24, 2016.