Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Friday morning on MSNBC that he will cast his vote for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November, his strongest comments to date that he is explicitly supporting his primary rival.
“Yes,” he said, when asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” if he planned to cast his vote for Clinton. “I think the issue right here is I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.”
“I think Trump in so many ways would be a disaster for the country if he were to be elected president,” he added. “We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans and Latinos and Muslims and women, who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands this is a global crisis.”
“This is not somebody who should become president.”
Sanders had resisted calls to drop out after Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination weeks ago, insisting he would remain in the race until the Democratic National Convention in July. But Sanders said on MSNBC he had shifted his focus from winning the nomination to fighting for issues on the party platform.
“What my job right now is is to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention,” Sanders said. “That means a platform that represents working people, that stands up to big money interests.”
Sanders still has yet to officially concede the race to Clinton, though he has hinted in recent media appearances that he acknowledges the race is lost. In a C-SPAN interview Wednesday, Sanders said “it doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee.”