Politicorner: Sanders endorses Clinton

Curtis Newton, Managing Editor

It appears the 14-month feud between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has come to a close. On July 12 in Portsmouth, NH, Sanders officially endorsed Clinton, conceding that she will win the nomination.


The path to this endorsement has been ugly, to say the least. When Sanders first announced his presidential campaign on April 30, 2015, he was initially seen as a fringe candidate. However, the Iowa caucus was a close contest between Sanders and Clinton, and the Vermont senator won the New Hampshire primary by over 20 points–an impressive margin to help set his campaign rolling. While Clinton remained the frontrunner of the Democratic party for the entirety of the primaries, Sanders put up an enormous fight, winning 22 state contests and Democrats Abroad, and claiming nearly 1,900 delegates.


Sanders has been Clinton’s biggest opponent in the primary race. His endorsement of her is a huge relief to most Democrats going into the general election.


Obviously, not all Sanders supporters will fall behind Clinton. The livestream of Sanders’ endorsement contained a chat box filled with comments that were anti-Clinton, to say the least. This doesn’t reflect the thoughts of all Sanders supporters, but it still represents many who will never back Clinton. These Sanders supporters may stay home on election day, or they’ll vote for Trump, or they’ll vote for Jill Stein, the presumptive nominee of the Green Party.


But his endorsement of the former Secretary of State may be enough for many who “Feel the Bern.” Many Sanders followers are likely willing to vote for Clinton as well, if not reluctantly. (#GirlIGuessI’mWithHer became a popular hashtag on Twitter after the former Secretary of State clinched the nomination). And for Clinton, that might be enough to beat Trump on November 8.


“This campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate that sought the presidency,” said Sanders during his endorsement speech. “This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face.” Sanders may not have won the primary process, but he did succeed in a way. He pushed the Democratic party to a more progressive platform, and the party, along with Clinton, will go into the general election with more progressive ideas due to Sanders’ contribution to the party. Even in defeat, the senator made a mark on the party.