Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered concluding remarks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention, making a plea that was clearly meant for his most ardent supporters, to set aside their differences with the Democratic Party at large and get behind Joe Biden and his presidential campaign.
According to Sanders, who has many followers that have abandoned the Democratic Party after they actively worked against him twice to ensure he wasn’t the presidential nominee, the “future of our democracy is at stake” in the November election.
Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner:
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“My friends, I say to you, and to everyone who supported other candidates in this primary and to those who may have voted for Donald Trump in the last election: The future of our democracy is at stake. The future of our economy is at stake. The future of our planet is at stake,” Sanders said in a prerecorded speech filmed in his Burlington, Vermont, home.
Sanders’s remarks highlighted his role as a uniter who, despite this year’s Democratic primary proving significantly less competitive than that of 2016, has been tasked with shoring up the Democratic Party’s progressive base. For months, Biden’s campaign has been concerned that younger voters, who overwhelmingly supported Sanders in the primary, won’t show up to the polls for Biden.
“We must come together, defeat Donald Trump, and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next president and vice president,” Sanders said. “My friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine.”
While the vast majority of the Democratic Party is in lockstep with one another — to the point that it looks like a hive mind, which is really creepy — there is a segment of the liberal population who aren’t that big into a Biden presidency any more than they are into the idea of Trump winning four more years.
Some of these folks are not keen on voting for him because of what the party did to Sanders and because Biden is part of that same establishment. Others aren’t casting a ballot for him due to the sexual assault allegations.
Regardless, Sanders’ message is one of “all hands on deck,” which sums up how the mainstream media, liberal politicians, and activists have all been acting since the beginning of Trump’s presidency.
The only thing that really matters is defeating Trump. Standing on principle? Doesn’t matter. Making sure Trump doesn’t get a second term? That’s the goal. At any cost.