In a livestream broadcast Thursday night Bernie Sanders pledged to work with presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton to transform the Democratic party and to defeat Donald Trump, but did not concede the race.
“Election days come and go,” Sanders said beginning his 20+ minute address, which touched on several of his familiar campaign touchstones. “But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end. They continue every day, every week, and every month in the fight to create a nation and world of social an economic justice.”
“Our vision for the future of this country is not some kind of fringe idea,” he said, citing the unexpected groundswell of support his quixotic campaign garnered. “It is not a ‘radical’ idea. It is mainstream. It is what millions of Americans believe in and want to see happen.”
He also affirmed his intention, articulated shortly after his meeting with President Obama, to do whatever he could to ensure that Donald Trump is not elected president. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” he added, just two days after he met with Clinton in person in Washington. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”
“Defeating Donald Trump cannot be our only goal,” Sanders said. “We must continue our grassroots efforts to create the America that we know we can become. And we must take that energy into the Democratic National Convention on July 25 in Philadelphia where we will have more than 1,900 delegates.”
Although he had pledged to continue the campaign all the way to the DNC in July, Sanders trails in both pledged delegates and superdelegates. His campaign manager admitted Thursday that they were no longer pursuing the support of superdelegates, which would be necessary to swipe the nomination away from Clinton.
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