Jane Sanders, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said that supporters of the senator's surprisingly popular campaign shouldn't give up the fight for their wish to revamp the Democratic Party establishment.
“People have been making it sound like they're mad, and they should just get over it,” Jane told Rolling Stone. “No, they shouldn't!”
We understand that we earned their support and their trust. Now Hillary Clinton has to earn their support and their trust. And we will hold [the Clinton campaign] accountable because we are endorsing her. We are that much more committed to making sure [she follows through on her promises], instead of saying, "Oh, it's politics as usual, people change." We're not going to let that happen. Not without a big fight, if anything. If the Democratic Party starts backing away from the platform, ever, we will fight like crazy to support the work that all of these millions of people did.
The Democratic Party's official platform is said to be much more progressive than it would have been had Bernie Sanders not done as well as he did in the Democratic primary against Clinton, according to The Washington Post.
Among the changes that Sanders was able to implement were a commitment to free public college for families with incomes of less than $125,000 per year, an expansion -- rather than just preservation -- of Social Security, and a commitment to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Other than the $15 per hour minimum wage, the concessions Sanders was able to put into the platform included heavy compromises, but still held the gist of what he was going for. Sanders ran on a call for free public college tuition and the lifting of the cap on taxable income that goes into the Social Security system on families that make more than $250,000 per year, according to his website.
Bernie Sanders was also stymied on foreign policy as the Democratic Party refused to adopt his less than hawkish language in regards to U.S. military around the world. They also weren't fond of his rather neutral stance on the Israel-Palestine issue, reported The Nation.
Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton, to the dismay of many of his supporters, but Jane Sanders told Rolling Stone that those supporters shouldn't become disenchanted and should keep pushing the Democratic Party.
“We need them engaged, and we need them to participate,” she said, adding that she and her husband will help to defeat Trump. “Our conscience says we can't have that.”