While Bernie Sanders never had a chance of winning, he’s been credited with pulling Hillary Clinton further to the left during the Democrat primary. Hillary even lied during one the debates that she’d been completely in favor of a $15 an hour minimum wage, which produced a priceless reaction of disbelief from Sanders.
I (Matt Palumbo) think we all knew Hillary was never for a $15 minimum wage (thank God), and even the party isn’t quite that crazy (yet). Townhall reports: Hillary Clinton’s hopes of gaining Bernie Sanders supporters in the general election may have just been dashed. Unfortunately for her, the DNC platform committee has just rejected one of Sanders’ most pertinent goals – the $15 minimum wage.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Drafting Committee member, urged his colleagues to vote for his amendment to ensure Americans have a “livable wage.” Yet, when Rep. Elijah Cummings tallied the vote, the members had decided against it in a vote of 8-6.
You can watch the vote below. Note, the overwhelming majority of the comments on the video are from progressives furious at the Democrat Party.
Bernie Sanders doesn’t even pay his interns $15 an hour. It’s not all that surprising that the majority of those voting would realize that $15 is a bit too much, even if many of those who voted against it do want the minimum wage raised.
Jeremy Adler, Communications Director for America Rising Squared, noted in a statement how unfortunate this result will prove to be for Clinton as she tries to draw progressive voters to her campaign.
“Hours before the platform committee voted it down, Bernie Sanders said his ‘goal’ was to get the DNC platform committee to adopt a $15 minimum wage,” Adler said. “Their refusal to do so this afternoon is a glaring problem for Hillary Clinton, who Sanders supporters remain increasingly wary of backing. Today’s vote by the platform committee only makes that already difficult challenge harder.”
Bloomberg reported just the other day that nearly half of Sanders supporters won’t be backing Hillary. This may just exacerbate that even more.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]