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Bernie Sanders did not say that he would not support a floor fight at the Democratic National Convention. He did not say he would release his pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton. Although he is determined to defeat Donald Trump in November, he made clear that it is not his number one priority. Nor did he say how he would defeat Trump. He did not come right out and say he was joining forces with Hillary Clinton.
He did say that the Democratic Party was going to have to be transformed. He did say they were going to have to adopt the “most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.”
He did not say that he thought they would do this. Referring to his last Tuesday meeting with Hillary Clinton, Sanders said they were in agreement on some points but made it clear that he opposed her on several serious points. He did not say what those points were
Sanders was talking to his political revolution movement that followed him and financially supported his campaign. He urged them to get out and get involved in the political process. He asked them to run for office on the grass roots level. He said the country had to be taken back from the right wing faction that was now in control. He said the states had to be taken back and also urged candidates to run for the U.S. House and Senate, if not now, in the future.
Sanders was discussing political reform that would create a new economy, and a new attitude toward the poor and the working class in this country. He supports reform that takes the control of this country away from the oligarchy that has an iron clad grip on our government.
Sanders was not .telling them to run as Democrats or to support the Democratic Party.
Sanders reminded them that his movement pulled 12 million votes, made 75 million phone calls, and raised $2.5 million in campaign funds from over 8 million contributors more than any campaign in American history And those contributions averaged $27 each.
Sanders made it clear that this movement, powered largely by Americans 45 years of age and younger, is not going to go away. He expressed the hope that history would look back and say that this country’s drift toward oligarchy reversal was begun with the political revolution of 2016.
To view a full transcript of his speech, from Politico, click HERE.
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