This ought to set them straight.
There are still quite a few Bernie Sanders supporters who are threatening to vote for Donald Trump or sit at home and pout on Election Day rather than throw their support behind Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, during his speech at the DNC Convention, Sanders was booed by many of his own supporters who refuse to accept defeat. Sanders refrained from criticizing them but he certainly didn’t on Tuesday morning.
During a breakfast with the California delegation, Sanders was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers from those in attendance and he hit them hard with what the stakes are in this election.
“It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency,” the Vermont Senator said. “Politics is not easy stuff. You don’t get everything you want tomorrow — ask the people who fought in the civil rights movement.”
Here’s the video via Twitter.
— Mollie Reilly (@MollieReilly) July 26, 2016
This was the dose of reality that hardcore Bernie Sanders supporters needed to hear.
If they truly care about this country and progressive values, the last thing they should want is Donald Trump in the White House. Not only would he refuse to advance the progressive cause, he would reverse all of the progressive victories achieved over the last century. Progressives would have to start over again, and that assuming there is a country left to start over in.
Hillary Clinton has shifted to the left quite a bit because of Bernie Sanders. Sanders was even able to influence the Democratic platform, which adopted some of his proposals such as a $15 minimum wage.
As Sanders said, progressives can’t expect to get everything they want overnight. Even if Sanders had been the nominee and were to win the presidency it would have taken time to push his goals through Congress. Granted, Hillary Clinton is not a progressive like Bernie Sanders, but at least she will move America gradually forward and hold the line progressives have fought so hard for over the years. She may even add future progressive victories, especially if Democrats take back the Senate and the House.
This is a critical election for our nation. Not uniting behind the Democratic nominee would be disastrous and progressives definitely don’t want to be blamed if Donald Trump should win because they chose to throw a hissy fit instead. Then they can kiss any relevancy they had within the Democratic Party goodbye.
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