Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promised on Saturday that he will support the eventual nominee – no matter who it may be – because the number one priority is keeping Donald Trump from winning a second term.
At a campaign rally in Iowa, Sanders said, “If we do not win, I will strongly support the Democratic nominee and hope and believe that others feel exactly the same way.”
“Donald Trump must be defeated,” he added.
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The nature of our campaign is not belittling people. It’s not opposition research. It’s not attacking other people. But it’s a serious discussion about the important issues facing the American people. … If we do not win, I will strongly support the Democratic nominee and hope and believe that others feel exactly the same way. Donald Trump must be defeated.
Sanders is making a course correction
While Bernie Sanders did eventually support Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of the 2016 Democratic primary campaign, he was widely criticized for not having done so more quickly or fervently.
This time around, as it’s clear just how much damage Trump has done and will continue to do if given four more years, Sanders is trying to avoid the same critique. After all, one in 10 Sanders supporters voted for Trump in 2016 – a crucial number given how close the election was.
The Vermont senator’s comments on Saturday indicate that he wants to remove all doubt
While the number of Democratic candidates continues to grow and each of the hopefuls will try to draw policy contrasts, one thing is clear: They are all united in their belief that defeating Donald Trump is a top priority.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.