After giving the Morning Joe team what sounded like a firm and definitive yes that he will vote for Hillary in November, Bernie sat down for an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo and appeared to walk it back. Now, he says, he will vote for her “in all likelihood.”
Who will Bernie Sanders vote for in November? “In all likelihood it will go to Hillary Clinton,” Sanders says. https://t.co/6kcLznkOWV
— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2016
Bernie reiterated that he is “going to do everything [he] can to make sure that Donald Trump is defeated.” But, inexplicably, that does not include endorsing Hillary, nor even unequivocally committing to saying that he will vote for her.
By contrast, this is what it looked like when Hillary did “everything she could” to make sure that John McCain was defeated in 2008:
The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passion, our strength, and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States.
Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.
And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.
I have served in the Senate with him for four years. I have been in this campaign with him for 16 months. I have stood on the stage and gone toe-to-toe with him in 22 debates. I’ve had a front-row seat to his candidacy, and I have seen his strength and determination, his grace and his grit.
In his own life, Barack Obama has lived the American dream, as a community organizer, in the State Senate, as a United States senator. He has dedicated himself to ensuring the dream is realized. And in this campaign, he has inspired so many to become involved in the democratic process and invested in our common future.
Now, when I started this race, I intended to win back the White House and make sure we have a president who puts our country back on the path to peace, prosperity and progress. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do, by ensuring that Barack Obama walks through the doors of the Oval Office on January 20, 2009.
Now, I understand — I understand that we all know this has been a tough fight, but the Democratic Party is a family. And now it’s time to restore the ties that bind us together and to come together around the ideals we share, the values we cherish, and the country we love.
We may have started on separate journeys, but today our paths have merged. And we’re all heading toward the same destination, united and more ready than ever to win in November and to turn our country around, because so much is at stake.
Hillary joined then-candidate Barack Obama on the campaign trail in a town called Unity, and she worked just as hard to get him as elected as she had been working to defeat him. Because that’s what it actually looks like to do everything one can to defeat the Republican opponent.
It does not look like doing interviews on CNN in which you continue to grouse that the Democratic Party is insufficiently progressive by your own personal measure. And, yes, it is by Bernie’s own measure: There are millions of people who have assessed Hillary’s platform to be more progressive for a number of reasons – from gun reform to reproductive rights to explicitly centering the specific needs of marginalized people as opposed to treating social justice as though everything flows from class inequality.
And it certainly does not look like doing that interview while the Republican candidate is criticizing the President of the United States on foreign soil and ginning up outrage and bragging about how global volatility will be great for his personal bottom line.
I’m not so sure this is “everything” Bernie can do, in this moment, to help defeat Donald.