Politics

Sanders Wrong To Hold Off On Clinton Endorsement

| by Mark Jones
Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd in Phoenix, ArizonaBernie Sanders speaks to a crowd in Phoenix, Arizona

Bernie Sanders has waited far too long to give Hillary Clinton his formal support.

Though an endorsement could materialize in the near future, Sanders has refused to join President Barack Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other prominent Democratic leaders in officially supporting Clinton’s campaign. 

In June it became clear that Clinton had enough delegates to receive the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Shortly after realizing this disappointing, yet not unexpected, news, Sanders addressed American voters in a live-stream video.

In the live-stream video, Sanders did not express complete support of Clinton. According to him, Clinton’s policies need to sway further left before the social Democrat, known for his populist policies, will grant her an endorsement.

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In his speech, Sanders discussed the importance of transforming America through social and political reform. He urged voters to continue to keep these goals in mind when placing support in other candidates.

Sanders then made the most significant statement of the day. 

"The major political task that we face in the next five months," he said, "is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly."

What Sanders fails to realize is that this goal will never materialize without him giving his complete support to Clinton.

Though Clinton has the support of many older Democratic voters, Sanders was able to capture the interest and fiery spirit of many young liberals. Without their support, Clinton is missing a significant percentage of Democratic voters who could help her "defeat Trump badly," as Sanders would say.

Clinton does have the support of certain niche voters. For example, her emphasis on gender and racial equality appeals to many female and black voters. Still, these niche votes are nothing in comparison to the numbers that Sanders has from younger and self-proclaimed working-class individuals.

An endorsement seems imminent now that Clinton has proposed a college tuition plan that aligns closely with policies introduced earlier by Sanders. Though she did not agree to wave tuition for all students attending public universities like Sanders had, she offered to eliminated fees for students whose families have an annual income of less than $125,000.

In an interview with Bloomberg Politics, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, revealed plans to reach a “unified party” before the July national convention. 

"We would like to get to a place where we could actively support the nominee," he said.

With firm stances on liberal policies, getting to that place of support has taken and continues to take more time than the Democratic Party can afford.

According to RealClear Politics, Clinton has a lead over Trump in the polls. This lead, however, is nowhere near the level needed for Clinton to "badly” defeat the presumptive Republican nominee.  Less than two months ago, when Sanders was still in contention for the Democratic nomination, Trump had the lead over Clinton.

What does this information tell us?

When liberal voters are split between supporting Clinton and Sanders, Clinton loses support. She loses so much support, in fact, that Trump actually has a chance to become the president of the United States.

If Sanders is serious about his goal of defeating Trump in a monumental way, he is wrong to hold off on endorsing Clinton. Without a unification of the Sanders and Clinton campaigns, Sanders could be staring into a future more in need of revolution and reform than ever. 

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Sources: The Guardian, IndependentRCP / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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