This was a foregone conclusion: Bernie Sanders was never going to get the democrat nod and become the presidential nominee. Yesterday, the wealthy, elitist socialist formally acknowledged that Joe Biden “will be the nominee.”
However, Sanders said that he will remain on the ballot for future primary races, in order to collect delegates, who will in turn be able to “exert significant influence over the part platform and other functions.”
Many people guess that this is a bone being thrown to the most ignorant Bernie supporters. The democrat party has not changed in its socialist ideal, this is just a way to pull the wool over the eyes of their voters, they say.
Sanders has always stressed that his two presidential campaigns were more than just that – that they were a political revolution.
And on Wednesday, the senator emphasized that “while this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not … the fight for justice is what our campaign has been about. The fight for justice is what our movement remains about.”
His decision to openly rally supporters to help him win delegates to ensure influence at the convention — and the absence of any official endorsement of the now-presumptive nominee — even as he suspended his campaign did not go unnoticed.
President Trump, for one, gleefully pointed out the disconnect.
“Wow, Bernie is unwilling to give up his delegates, and wants more of them! What’s that all about?” he tweeted.
If Biden and his team were miffed by Sanders’ decision to keep his name on the ballot, they didn’t show it publicly.
The former vice president praised Sanders, saying “you haven’t just run a political campaign; you’ve created a movement. And make no mistake about it, we believe it’s a movement that is as powerful today as it was yesterday.”
And speaking directly to Sanders’ legions of younger and progressive supporters, Biden tweeted: “I know that I need to earn your votes. And I know that might take time. But I want you to know that I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of this moment,” Biden said. “I hope you’ll join us. You’re more than welcome: You’re needed.”
A longtime Democratic consultant who’s close to the former vice president and some of his top advisers told Fox News that Biden’s response “was very gracious.”
He noted that unlike the tensions four years ago between Sanders and eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, “there’s no animosity between Bernie and the VP.”
And he pointed to Sanders highlighting in his speech that Biden’s “a very decent man.”
The consultant – who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely – said that “we’re moving forward” and predicted that “Bernie’s people will come along.”
[Exactly. Democrat voters will do as they’re told, and the DNC knows it.]
But another longtime Biden friend voiced concern that Sanders didn’t specifically endorse Biden in his speech.
Veteran New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro – a top Biden supporter and surrogate in the first-in-the-nation primary state and general election battleground state – told Fox News that Sanders “should be supporting Biden and throwing his support to the former vice president.”
D’Allesandro noted that both Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has yet to endorse anyone since ending her presidential bid on March 5, “are both hanging out – so to speak – without throwing their full support behind the presumptive nominee.”
He worried this could become an issue going forward “because we need a united front and the sooner the better.”