Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton: ‘I Am Proud to Stand With Her’ (Video)
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her today.”
This was Bernie Sanders’ closing remark at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday morning as he delivered his long-anticipated endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
After an introduction by Sanders, Clinton took the microphone. Flanked by banners bearing the slogan “Stronger Together,” it was clear that she was thrilled to put an end to the political rivalry between her and Sanders.
Although Sanders elicited strong support from young, liberal voters, he was unable to pull ahead of Clinton in the primary elections. At the beginning of his endorsement speech Tuesday, however, Sanders thanked “the 13 million Americans” who voted for him during the Democratic primaries. “Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention is announced, it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates,” he said.
Many experts believe that Sanders’ participation in the campaign will help Clinton tremendously. Her campaign has added a $27 donation option to its website, a reference to the average $27 contribution individuals made to Sanders’ campaign.
Not all Sanders fans were happy with his endorsement of Clinton. Emotions ran high on the Bernie or Bust Facebook page, which has almost 24,000 members. Some remain hopeful that Sanders’ campaign will continue as the Democratic National Convention draws closer. “There is nothing he said that indicates there will not be a contested convention,” wrote Dan Ennis. Others expressed disappointment. “I’m at a loss right now,” wrote Jamie Diaz. “I feel abandoned.”
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, expressed similar sentiments on Twitter:
I am somewhat surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters. They are not happy that he is selling out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2016
Watch Sanders’ entire endorsement speech here.
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