You know he was reluctant to do so after blasting her during the entire primary process, but the DNC finally got him to do it.
After merely saying he would vote for Hillary as a vote against Trump, Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency today. To quote from his website, Berniesanders.com:
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 she will be the next president of the United States.
He then goes on to compare and contrast her positions against Donald Trump on a number of issues, including health care, minimum wage, and climate change, concluding:
It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton president – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.
I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children.
(But presumably, NOT for those children still in the womb).
Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today.
Naturally, the Twitter responses were quick and brutal – as Bernie’s fans haven’t been known to be fond of Hillary.
Bernie did manage to influence the Democrat race by bringing the Party platform further to the Left – but after eight years of Obama, I doubt that’s what anyone wants — or at least, I pray it’s not.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]