Senator Bernie Sanders brought the last two months of his bridge-building and platform-wrangling to their expected, logical conclusion: he said, in so many words, “I am endorsing Hillary Clinton” and told us why his supporters need to abandon any sour-grapes Fox-News-nattering loserism and get on board with electing the first woman President, fighting the tyranny of the Trumpist GOP, and forwarding the revolution.
Here’s the video of Sanders and Clinton together at the rally today in Portsmouth, new Hampshire, giving an endorsement that revolves, as it ought, entirely around the policy outcomes the two viable Presidential candidates offer:
Together, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution continues. Together, we continue the fight to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice [Senator Bernie Sanders, speech, Portsmouth, NH, 2016.07.12].
No matter how much some of us may not like Hillary Clinton, she has still dedicated her life to public service. Donald Trump has no inclination to public service. Trump is the One Percent personified: born into wealth, utterly self-absorbed, heedless of the poor or anyone else.
Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top one percent. Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty.
She believes that we should raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And she wants to create millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. – our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater plants.
But her opponent – Donald Trump – well, he has a very different view. He believes that states should have the right to lower the minimum wage or even abolish the concept of the minimum wage altogether. If Donald Trump is elected, we will see no increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour – a starvation wage [Sanders, 2016.07.12].
Senator Sanders says Clinton’s support for the 99% goes far beyond the minimum wage question. Clinton supports the public option to expand coverage and reduce health care costs; Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip millions of affordable insurance. Clinton wants a more progressive tax code that closes loopholes for billionaires, corporations, and hedge fund managers; Trump wants to give his rich peers more tax breaks and explode the national debt by $11.5 trillion. Clinton wants to get serious about climate change; Trump says science is a hoax and wants to burn more fossil fuels.
Most importantly, Trump rejects the American motto of e pluribus unum; Clinton supports it:
In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry [Sanders, 2016.07.12].
Senator Sanders spends not one sentence of his speech talking about e-mails or lawsuits or bankruptcies or scandals. As he has throughout his campaign, he looks at the policy options laid out before us, and he makes a powerful case that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party offer policies far superior to those of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Senator Sanders makes clear that we Berniecrats have one practical option: if we want to put someone in the White House who will fight for the policies and the principles that made us vote for Bernie Sanders, we must in November vote for Hillary Clinton.
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That said, in a survey conducted from June 15 through June 26, Pew Research finds that Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 51% to 42%. Those nine points are a larger spread than Barack Obama had over Mitt Romney in June 2012 (four points) and over John McCain in June 2008 (eight points). Trump wins among men 49–43, but Clinton wins bigger among women 59–35. Trump wins among whites 51–42, but Clinton creams him among blacks 91–7 and among Hispanics 66–24. The only age group going for Trump is the 65-and-over crowd 49–46. The old folks favored Romney and McCain over Obama by larger margins.