As the Democratic primary inches closer to an end, divisions in the party seem to be growing rather than shrinking. Some are blaming Senator Bernie Sanders for that growing division, criticizing him for remaining in the race and continuing to criticize Secretary Clinton.
During an interview on Sunday morning, Sanders responded to this line of criticism by saying that though he will do all he can to prevent Trump from gaining the presidency, Secretary Clinton has a long way yet to go in winning over the millions of Sanders-supporting voters.
“Well, the responsibility that I accept in a very, very serious way is to do everything that I can to make sure that Donald Trump will not become elected president of the United States. Donald Trump, for a dozen different reasons, would be a disaster as president. I will do everything that I can to make sure that does not happen.
But at the end of the day, whether it’s Secretary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, anybody else, the way you gain support is through the candidate himself or herself. So my job is to make sure that Trump does not become president. And I will do that. But if Secretary Clinton is the nominee, it is her job to reach out to millions of people and make the case as to why she is going to defend working families and the middle [class], provide health care for all people, take on Wall Street, deal aggressively with climate change. That is the candidate’s job to do.”
It’s safe to say that the many, many of Sanders supporters can feel safe in the knowledge that even now, Sanders is not ready to hand the nomination over to Clinton and continues to fight for the platform of progressive Democrats.