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Sanders Responds To Critics Of Clinton Endorsement

| by Ray Brown
Sen. Bernie Sanders of VermontSen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

Many supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont felt betrayed when the former Democratic candidate decided to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

But Sanders told ABC News that it is “absolutely imperative” that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump doesn't get elected president.

“At a time when this country has enormous crises, we do not, and can not have a man with Trump's temperament with the nuclear code and running the country,” Sanders said, reports Real Clear Politics.

When asked whether endorsing Clinton was a matter of choosing between “the lesser of two evils,” Sanders denied it.

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"No, it is not about the lesser of two evils," Sanders said. "If you look at issue by issue, we have Hillary Clinton who wants to significantly raise the minimum wage -- we have millions of workers in this country working on starvation wages. We have Donald Trump who wants to let states have the right to do away with the concept of the minimum wage. People could be working for five bucks an hour."

Sanders continued: "We have Hillary Clinton who wants to expand health care. Hillary Clinton wants to make public colleges and universities in this country tuition-free for all those families in this country making $125,000 or less. Donald Trump wants to end the Affordable Care Act and put 20 million people off of health insurance ... Trump does not even believe what the entire scientific community is telling us about climate change."

Sanders is credited with helping move the Democratic Party's platform in a more progressive direction, according to The Nation, which described it as “the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history.”

Although Sanders didn't get everything he wanted into the platform, including universal health care and free college for everyone, the ultimate platform decided on by the party is more progressive than the one Clinton's campaign had run on.

And as Sanders mentioned in the interview, the Clinton campaign recently unveiled a plan to make public colleges free for people whose parents make less than $125,000, which Bloomberg described as a way to “appeal” to Sanders supporters.

Sources: Real Clear Politics, The Nation, Bloomberg / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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