Today we finally witnessed the inevitable, Bernie came out in support of Hillary Clinton and suspended his campaign as we all knew he would sooner or later and while Hillary’s speech had a lot of talking points appealing to Bernie Sanders supporters, the question that’s still looming in the air is who will they vote for? Trump was quick to jump on Sanders for backing Hillary.
Bernie Sanders endorsing Crooked Hillary Clinton is like Occupy Wall Street endorsing Goldman Sachs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2016
And Bernie’s campaign was quick to respond.
Big talk from the same guy who was too afraid to debate Bernie in California. https://t.co/LVCjo0PKrN
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 12, 2016
Most Bernie Sanders supporters were behind the guy because he was a voice for the disenfranchised. Without trying to rationalize the psyche of somebody feeling the Bern, I will simply say that these people are kind of stuck in a rut at the moment in that they don’t know who to vote for. Will they vote for Hillary because she’s the democratic candidate? Will they vote for Trump because he’s not part of the establishment? Or will they pick a third-party candidate?
While a few Bernie supporters are begrudgingly finding their way to Hillary and a few others are pledging Donald, the Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein is seeing huge surges in her support numbers. That’s probably because her views align most closely with Bernie’s and while she running on a ticket that has historically backed environmental issues, she’s pushing towards social welfare issues that are almost identical to those that Sanders was known for. Here’s what she tweeted earlier.
Sadly, @BernieSanders is one of a long line of true reformers that have been undermined by the Democratic Party.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) July 12, 2016
One tweet suggested that Hillary put a bit of a mafioso spin on the endorsement
— MiamiGator (@GatorsEite23) July 12, 2016
And even though the Sanders supporters know that this was inevitable, for a lot of them, it still feels like giving up.