Cenk Uygur on Bernie Sanders Speech: ‘The Revolution Matters More’ Than Defeating Trump


Prominent Bernie Sanders supporter and The Young Turks co-founder Cenk Uygur delivered a glowing review of independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential runner-up Bernie Sanderslive-streamed address Thursday night, and tried to explain Sanders’ plan to the “horse race”-obsessed media. Uygur acknowledged that the race for the nomination is over, and that the fight is now to achieve policy goals, while praising Sanders for not attacking Hillary Clinton in the speech.

Uygur also said he recognizes the importance of defeating Donald Trump, but said the “revolution matters more,” and besides, Bernie can do both:

He didn’t attack Hillary Clinton. Yes, I know that each campaign matters, and certainly a presidential campaign matters, but the revolution matters more. They’re not juxtaposed to one another, they’re not you do x or you do y, you can do both. You can say Donald Trump is a danger to the republic and at the same time say that our revolution goes deeper than just supporting or not supporting one candidate. We fight until we win. A revolution cannot be suspended.

If Bernie Sanders really can fight Donald Trump at the same time he continues to refuse to concede the nomination to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, someone should clue Bernie Sanders in on that. In his speech to supporters last night, Sanders didn’t seem to think so, saying, “I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”

Unless Bernie intends to never recognize that Hillary Clinton beat him, the revolution will necessarily have to somehow continue after he does. A Sanders concession and/or endorsement Thursday night also would not have foreclosed his ability to push for policy goals at the Democratic National Convention, but would have been a blow to Trump during a pivotal week.

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