Full Text Of Bernie Sanders' Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

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Moments ago, after repeatedly claiming that Hllary Clinton is not qualified to be president, Bernie Sanders finally threw in the towel and fully endorsed Hillary. In response, Donald Trump promptly fired back that "Bernie is now officially part of a rigged system" saying that "the Democrat party is disenfranchasing its voters to benefit the select and privileged few."

It remains to be seen if Bernie's supporters will agree with Trump, but for now, here are the full prepared remarks of the "anto-establishment" Bernie Sanders' historic flip-flop endorsement of Hillary.

The text was released by Sanders’ campaign.

“Let me begin by thanking the 13 million Americans who voted for me during the Democratic primaries. Let me also thank the people here in New Hampshire who gave us our first big win and a special thanks to the people of Vermont whose support for so many years has sustained me.

Let me also thank the hundreds of thousands of volunteers in every state in our country who worked so hard on our campaign and the millions of our contributors who showed the world that we could run a successful national campaign based on small individual contributions — 2 1/2 million of them.

Together, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution continues. Together, we continue the fight to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the one percent — a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.

I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.

I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.

During the last year I had the extraordinary opportunity to speak to more than 1.4 million Americans at rallies in almost every state in this country. I was also able to meet with many thousands of other people at smaller gatherings. And the profound lesson that I have learned from all of that is that this campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate who sought the presidency. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.

It is easy to forget where we were seven and a half years ago when President Obama came into office. As a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, our economy was in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Some 800,000 people a month were losing their jobs, we were running up a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion dollars and the world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse. We have come a long way in the last seven and a half years and I thank President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership in pulling us out of that terrible recession. But, I think we can all agree, much, much more needs to be done.

Too many people in America are still being left out, left behind and ignored. In the richest country in the history of the world there is too much poverty, and too much despair.

This election is about the single mom I saw in Nevada who, with tears in her eyes, told me that she was scared to death about the future because she and her young daughter were not making it on the $10.45 cents an hour she was earning. This election is about that woman, and the millions of other workers in this country who are falling further and further behind as they try to survive on totally inadequate wages.

Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top one percent. Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. She believes that we should raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And she wants to create millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. – our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater plants.

But her opponent — Donald Trump — well, he has a very different view. He believes that states should have the right to lower the minimum wage or even abolish the concept of the minimum wage altogether. If Donald Trump is elected, we will see no increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour — a starvation wage.

This election is about which candidate will nominate Supreme Court justices who are prepared to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision which allows billionaires to buy elections and undermine our democracy; about who will appoint new justices on the Supreme Court who will defend a woman’s right to choose, the rights of the LGBT community, workers’ rights, the needs of minorities and immigrants, and the government’s ability to protect the environment.

If you don’t believe this election is important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country.

This campaign is about moving the United States toward universal health care and reducing the number of people who are uninsured or under-insured. Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their health care exchange, which will lower the cost of health care. She also believes that anyone 55 years or older should be able to opt in to Medicare and she wants to see millions more Americans gain access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs through a major expansion of community health centers throughout this country. Hillary is committed to seeing thousands of young doctors, nurses, psychologists, dentists and other medical professionals practice in underserved areas as we follow through on President Obama’s idea of tripling funding for the National Health Service Corps.

In New Hampshire, in Vermont and across the country we have a major epidemic of opiate and heroin addiction. People are dying every day from overdoses. Hillary Clinton understands that if we are serious about addressing this crisis we need major changes in the way we deliver mental health treatment. That’s what expanding community health centers will do and that is what getting medical personnel into the areas we need them most will do.

And What is Donald Trump’s position on health care? No surprise there. Same old, same old Republican contempt for working families. He wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million people off of the health insurance they currently have and cut Medicaid for lower-income Americans. The last thing we need today in America is a president who doesn’t care about whether millions will lose access to the health care coverage that they desperately need. We need more people with access to quality health care, not fewer.

Hillary Clinton also understands that millions of seniors, disabled vets and others are struggling with the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs. She and I are in agreement that Medicare must negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry and that we must expand the use of generic medicine. Drug companies should not be making billions in profits while one in five Americans are unable to afford the medicine they need. The greed of the drug companies must end.

This election is about the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that currently exists, the worst it has been since 1928. Hillary Clinton knows that something is very wrong when the very rich become richer while many others are working longer hours for lower wages. She knows that it is absurd that middle-class Americans are paying an effective tax rate higher than hedge fund millionaires, and that there are corporations in this country making billions in profit while they pay no federal income taxes in a given year because of loopholes their lobbyists created. While Hillary Clinton supports making our tax code fairer, Donald Trump wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very wealthiest people in this country. His reckless economic policies will not only exacerbate income and wealth inequality, they would increase our national debt by trillions of dollars.

This election is about the thousands of young people I have met who have left college deeply in debt, the many others who cannot afford to go to college and the need for this country to have the best educated workforce in the world if we are to compete effectively in a highly competitive global economy. Hillary Clinton believes that we must substantially lower student debt, and that we must make public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class and working families of this country. This is a major initiative that will revolutionize higher education in this country and improve the lives of millions. Think of what it will mean when every child in this country, regardless of the income of their family, knows that if they study hard and do well in school — yes, they will be able to get a college education and leave school without debt.

This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our kids and future generations. Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that if we do not act boldly in the very near future there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels. She understands that we must work with countries around the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy — and that when we do that we can create a whole lot of good paying jobs. Donald Trump: Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science — something no presidential candidate should do. He believes that climate change is a hoax. In fact, he wants to expand the use of fossil fuel. That would be a disaster for our country and our planet.

This election is about the leadership we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform and repair a broken criminal justice system. It’s about making sure that young people in this country are in good schools or at good jobs, not in jail cells. Secretary Clinton understands that we don’t need to have more people in jail than any other country on earth, at an expense of $80 billion a year.

In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American — all of us — stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton president — and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.

I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children.

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today.”

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Panic Mode's picture

She already abuses her power like that before the president race. Imagine what is going to be like when she sits on the throne. Think again

jcaz's picture

Wonder if Bernie was allowed to read it before he had to give it....

froze25's picture

Democrat party, what a joke. The biggest joke is the UNIONS that support them with no questions asked. The Dems have been selling out the UNION membership for decades, yes for f'ing decades and they still support them. They fight for more illegal immigration openly. The number 1 competitor to UNIONS is illegals but never mind that...

OrangeJews's picture
OrangeJews (not verified) froze25 Jul 12, 2016 11:32 AM

I hope he threw in a Spidey towel!

847328_3527's picture

#Allcrooksmatter!

 

<< The biggest joke is the UNIONS that support them with no questions asked. The Dems have been selling out the UNION membership for decades >>

Wait until 8 million union members are tossed out of work by Barry/Clinton TPP trade deal. There's going to be some sore butts.

nope-1004's picture

American 'elections'.  LMFAO. 

How do you want your slavery, Blue or Red?

 

Harlequin001's picture

'I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children.'

to pay the debts we are running up for them today, to serve in the army and die, so that my sponsors can make some money...

and so that I don't have to do any work.

Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

You gotta love the Bern, haha...

How do you feel now?

Handful of Dust's picture

"A vote for Hillery is a vote for Bankers!"

 

That's an odd campaign slogan she has.

SilverRhino's picture

#feelingBerned

#Berned

#3rdDegreeBerned

European American's picture

Trump in Landslide Victory...Largest gap in Presidential Election History. The waking Giant has spoken.

Vatican_cameo's picture

If you jump over to Bernie's FB page, they are all over him like "White on Rice".  All you see is "I'm voting for Jill Stein".  The Dems will get a taste of their own medicine now, losing votes to a third party.  I think the Hildebitch is in real trouble (although we still can't rule out election fraud, that's their strong suit).

Handful of Dust's picture

Bernie was awfully careful to avoid the "C" word.

 

... as in "Crooked" when giving his speech.

Billy the Poet's picture

In a sworn affidavit aiming to coerce a psychiatric evaluation of the sixth-grade victim, Clinton during the case nearly 40 years ago called into question the girl's emotional stability, arguing she had exhibited "a tendency to seek out older men and engage in... fantasizing." She added, citing a child psychology expert that "children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents with disorganized families, such as the complainant, are even more prone to such behavior."

But in the recording, Clinton indicated she believed her client was indeed guilty. Heard laughing, she said the polygraph test he managed to pass "forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs."

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-stands-by-her-defense-of-197...

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

"...the ‘system’ – the ‘elite system’ behind the mysterious Lucifer eye on top of the pyramid on the dollar bill, this system will make Killary their next president. She is perfect for them. She and trump are but two sides of the same coin. Therefore, no chance that anything will change towards peace in the US of A in the coming years."

http://www.globalresearch.ca/democracy-and-the-future-of-the-united-stat...

JRobby's picture

So much for the "Bernie Sanders Revolution, Movement (bowel?) etc.

Sell Out.

"An old Jew retires to Miami on fire insurance money" (Burroughs)


Meat Hammer's picture

BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I laughed so damn hard when I got up this morning and saw this! I almost feel sorry for the Bernie-bots. They got played like a fiddle.

I wonder if Bernie will provide all of his campaign donations directly to Killary as a gift or go through the Clinton foundation.

Haha!! Dumb fucks.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

In the olden days a faggot was a bound bundle of sticks tossed at the bottom of a bonfire before burning society's undesirables at the stake. Many a time people deemed unworthy of proper death by fire were used as faggots. Bernie Sanders, like James Traub, is a faggot.

Lumberjack's picture

Day of Rage protests to take place in over 30 cities this fri-weekend.

http://dcgazette.com/2016/report-day-rage-protests-planned-cities/

 

 

Robert Trip's picture

Get some popcorn and the stimulants of your choice and enjoy the show.

chunga's picture

I hate* all** politicians.

 

* - emphasis on hate

** - emphasis on all

Dormouse's picture

Pretending to be a Socialist finally pays off after 74 years!

caconhma's picture

Bernie alway was a fraud with his (I strongly assume) US & Israeli citizenships. This "independent" US Senator happens to be a Socialist and a closet Democrat. In other word, he is a fucking fraud trying to ruin America and screw its people.

During his primary campaign, he overplayed his scripted play. Now is the time to remedy his overzealous behavior. Now, he has done a right thing listening to his rabbi advice.


wren's picture

Ask not to allow me to do anything for my country, ask what my country can do for me...

Wait, that's not how it went...

Robert Trip's picture

I hope and pray with my very being that Bernie's supporters vote for Trump, or all they all roll over wimps like him?

chrsn's picture

I doubt they leave the plantation

froze25's picture

I will bet that about 10% of them will cross the line. I know many Dems that are openly saying at least to me that they will be voting for Gary Johnson. This is mostly Attorneys that have said they know she is a criminal and cannot vote for her.

Powerslaved's picture

Attorneys who say they won't vote for Hillary because she's a criminal? Really? That's priceless. LOL

PTR's picture

Ditto.  The dems could have stolen the show from "moderates" if they put Smilin' Joe Biden in as nominee.  Oh well.  No loss.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Democrat Liberal filth love to say, "Trump supporters are all uneducated white trash."

If that were true, we'd be supporting Colonel Sanders and join the free shit Army.

This election has proven beyond a doubt that corruption is the order of the day in Obama's administration and a politician is a politician is a politician- Bernie Sanders is a fraud just like the rest.

That leaves us with Trump, the only real candidate who is NOT and WILL NEVER BE EVEN WHEN HE IS PRESIDENT, A CAREER POLITICAN. TRUMP!

HardAssets's picture

" I doubt they leave the plantation "

They haven't learned critical thinking skills. It would be much more appropriate if they protested in front of schools and universities. Those were the people that dumbed them down and enslaved their minds. Of course, the current teachers & profs were also dumbed down.

Handful of Dust's picture

Is it true Sanders found a horse head in his bed when he woke up this morning?

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Jul 12, 2016 11:28 AM

If Bernie was really about change the full text of his endorsement would have read:

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I'm sorry, I can't do this.

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Trump 2016

froze25's picture

As he freaks out "She must be stopped, people she must be stopped....." and then a gun shot goes off and Bernie is no longer speaking

Bank_sters's picture

Well this a tremendous wake up call to the young and idealistic.  Now they can watch bernie kiss the ring(gone is the tantrum of stealing elections- time for compromise!!), throw on a thong and pimp himself out to his nemesis.  Still believe in the system?    Shit, thunder cunt won before the game started.  How is that for a swift kick to the nuts, kiddies?

 

Now clinton will tell them they'll get free health care, schooling and  that unicorns shit sugar cookies.  If elected she'll undoubtedly start another war and impose a draft.   TPP will get signed and further drive the country into 3rd world status as 40 million illegals get amnesty. 

 

Life is warfare- 

jus_lite_reading's picture

I would have sent the old coot a donation if he did that. Glad he didn't. He really is a snake!

DogeCoin's picture

#NeverHillary #SandersSellout #Trumpmas

Countrybunkererd's picture

The children.  The children in Waco when janet went for the "win"?  What is with all her Chairman Mao outfits?  Even listening to Louis Armstrong's wonderful world gives me heartburn anymore.

So, Hitlery, what is your take on the south china sea?

froze25's picture

Hitlery, "well countrybunkererd its a none issue. As you may well know I have a long history selling out the US to China, be it via once sided trade agreements or weapons technology. We will be fine with China. And by we I mean, me and China will be fine".

Salsa Verde's picture

"So, Hitlery, what is your take on the south china sea?"

 

Probably something along the lines of: "War is the best way to deflect scrutiny of political corruption."

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

...and the best way to distract from failed economic and monetary policies.

drink or die's picture

Why do I have to pay because some idiot went into debt over a worthless liberal arts degree again?

DetectiveStern's picture

If someone takes out debt to get a degree in art they are an idiot. Art including music etc is the expression of the artist/musician you can't teach that you have to find it yourself (speaking here as a guitarist). Someone can teach you to draw or to play but they can't teach you how to make art.

More to the point good fucking luck making a living as any kind of artist, shit doesn't pay learn a proper job and use art to escape the tedium.

Billy the Poet's picture

I have a BA in Literature in English. It never got me a job but the writing skills I developed at college served me well when I opened my own local website deign and hosting business.  When my business started bringing in cash I promptly paid off my debts including student loans and I've been debt free ever since.

jakesdad's picture

hey, if starbuck's needs a reliable supply chain of mfa(s) in literary deconstruction of gender fluidity!  if we aren't producing them domestically they're just going to bring in h1b(s)...  ;-)

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

You have hit upon the simplest refutation of socialist/re-distributist ideology:

"How does Person A's existence empower Person B to enslave Person C to provide for Person A?"

geeves's picture

He "berned" his supporters. 

Dormouse's picture

Bernie endorses Goldman Sachs for President 2016, a pretty surprising twist for the average Bern-out.