Well, that time has finally come: Hillary Clinton has technically secured the Democratic Party nomination with 2,777 delegates of the 2,383 needed for the position. Yes, there is still debate as to whether the superdelegate count should factor into this total, but seeing that superdelegates rarely depart from the popular vote, it is more than likely that Hillary will be the Democratic candidate for the White House come November. As such, some might expect Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders to suspend his campaign and launch his efforts behind Hillary in an effort to stop Donald Trump from coming anywhere near the Oval Office. However, Sanders has promised to fight all the way to the Demcoratic convention in July, which could prevent problems for Hillary’s support.
Speaking with the press after a meeting with Obama at the White House this morning, Sanders did not concede the Democratic nomination as some assumed he would. Rather, he pledged to continue to fight for the nomination. “We will continue doing everything that we can to oppose the drift which currently exists toward an oligarchic form of society where a handful of billionaires exercise enormous power over our political, economic, and media life,” said Sanders.
He then launched his opposition toward Trump as the GOP nominee. Donald Trump would be an utter “disaster as President of the United States. It is unbelievable to me, and I say this in all sincerity, that the Republican party would have a candidate for president who, in the year 2016, makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign,” explained Sanders. While opposition to Trump makes sense for Sanders, his next statement is baffling pundits and political analysts.
“Needless to say, I will do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become President of the United States.” Now, the meaning behind this can be interpreted in several ways. For one, Sanders might be saying that he will eventually support Clinton in order to prevent a Trump presidency, but on the other hand, his inability to concede the nomination and decision to stay in the race against Clinton could prove to be detrimental for Democrats in November, which is where the confusion lies.
What do you think Sanders means by the fact that he will do everything in his capacity to stop Trump? How does one reconcile that statement with the fact that he has yet to concede the nomination to Clinton?