Today it became official. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will finally be united as one. At a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the couple announced their mutual respect and admiration for each other. But nowhere during their speeches did either Democratic candidate utter the word “love” or demonstrate it in any way.
What Democratic Party elders had long hoped for was, however, met with mixed reviews.
For passionate Bernie Sanders supporters, who fervently dislike his chosen partner, the decision seemed like a sell-out. Judging from some of the comments made by “Bernie or Bust” fans, it may take some time (if ever) for them to accept this “marriage of convenience.”
One Sanders supporter posted an online comment which captures the way many others feel:
“Bernie, I respect your decision. You brought some sense to this crazy election.Trying to stop Trump is a noble cause but SORRY…I will not support Hillary. I will no longer choose a bad candidate just because the other choice is worse. I am going for a third party candidate. Keep doing what you have done so far.”
Some political analysts have predicted as many as one-third of Sanders’ supporters will not accept Hillary into the family. They will support a third-party candidate, support Trump or just sit out the election.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released late last month showed that only 8 percent of Sanders supporters said they would back Trump over Clinton in the general election, down from 20 percent a month earlier.
Donald Trump did not waste time reaching out to dismayed Bernie supporters.
Donald J. Trump
To all the Bernie voters who want to stop bad trade deals & global special interests, we welcome you with open arms. People first.
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Bernie Sanders has abandoned his supporters by endorsing pro-war pro-TPP pro-Wall Street Crooked Hillary Clinton.
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Democrats are hoping that once Bernie Sanders starts actively stumping for Hillary, many of his dispirited backers will accept his decision to unite with Hillary.
Sometimes arranged marriages work out just fine.
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