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Sanders had won North Dakota and Montana split South Dakota with his opponent Hillary Clinton, and lost New Mexico with 86 per cent of the vote reporting by 4.7 percent or 8,258 votes. He took a big hit in New Jersey with 88 per cent reporting losing 63.9 to36.1 or 27.8 points, a resounding defeat. (Watch for upcoming story detailing Tuesday’s results to follow)
California was still coming in, and he was trailing as he spoke to his cheering supporters
Sanders did not sound like he was going to fade away.
This despite Clinton’s victory speech after the New Jersey win banking on her pile of super delegates that she was the presumptive nominee.
Sanders said he would continue to fight to win the District of Columbia primary on June 14 and promised a fight at the Democratic National Convention for “our vision of social justice, economic justice, racial justice and environmental justice.”
“I am pretty good at arithmetic, and I have a very steep fight, but I will continue to fight for every vote, every delegate we can get.”
Sanders also took a few jabs at the GOP and Donald Trump. “We will not allow right wing Republicans to control our government, especially with Donald Trump, whose major theme is bigotry. . . We will not allow Donald Trump to be President of the United States.”
But more than defeating Trump he said their mission was about transforming this country.
Bernie then hit on the points he has been emphasizing: Ending wealth and income inequality and junking the corrupt campaign finance system that props up a rigged economy
Democracy is not about billionaires buying elections, he said. His goals continue to be reforming the criminal justice system, breaking up big banks, health care a rights to all citizens, reforming our broken immigration system, making billionaires and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
“We understand real change never occurs from the top down, always from the bottom up” “This,” he told them as they chanted “Bernie, Bernie,” “is more than one person, it is all of us together, millions of people knowing we can do much better as a nation. Whether Wall Street whether the corporate media like it, we together know our jobs are to create a government that works for us not the one per cent”.
Our fight, he told his followers in his speech that was live streamed to the world, is to “transform this country. Understand we are in this together. All of what we believe are what the majority of the American people believe and understand that the struggle continues.”
This was a candidate speaking to his party.
Sanders today asked to meet personally with President Obama, and he will be at the White House Thursday. Obama previously spoke with Sanders by phone Sunday and Tuesday. Sanders also will meet Thursday with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Sanders will address a rally in D.C. later that day.
To view Sanders’s full speech on YouTube, via CNN, click HERE
To read the berniesanders.com press release on his speech, click The Struggle Continues.
— Caroll Lucas