After meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, Bernie Sanders said he is willing to “work together” with his opponent Hillary Clinton to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the next president.
The Vermont senator spoke to reporters on the White House lawn shortly after the meeting. Sanders is not giving up hope just yet, stating he will continue his campaign up until the Washington, D.C., primary next Tuesday as well as waiting to see if California’s polls will show a tighter vote.
Sanders said he spoke “briefly” to Clinton on Tuesday night congratulating her strong campaign, and is looking forward to meeting with her to join forces in defeating Trump.
“Donald Trump would clearly, to my mind and I think the majority of Americans, be a disaster as president of the United States,” Sanders said, according to Time. “It is unbelievable to me, and I say this with all sincerity, that the Republican Party would have a candidate for president, who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign.”
Although Sanders is still in the race for the time being and has yet to endorse Clinton, the proposed collaboration creates mixed feelings throughout the internet.
I don't get it. Wasn't @BernieSanders saying all along that Hillary would be a BAD CHOICE? So now she's his favorite hawk? Make up your mind— MadmanAcrossTheWater AKA BorderCollieGuy (@brent_kellogg) June 9, 2016
Sanders plans to go forth with his big rally on Thursday night in Washington, D.C., letting it be known he is “strongly in favor” of the state.
Read Bernie Sanders’s full script below, via Time:
Thank you all. Let me begin by thanking President Obama and thanking Vice President Biden for the degree of the impartiality they established during the course of this entire process.
What they said at the beginning is that they would not put their thumbs on the scale, and in fact, they kept their word, and I appreciate that very, very much.
Our campaign has been about building a movement, which brings working people and young people in to the political process to create a government which represents all of us and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors. We will continue doing everything that we can to oppose the drift which currently exists toward an oligarchic form of society, where a handful of billionaires exercise enormous power over our political, economic and media life.
This is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. We should not be having millions of senior citizens and disabled veterans struggling to put food on the table, because of inadequate Social Security benefits.
We should not have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on Earth. We should not be having Americans in inner cities, in rural communities, on Native American reservations who have life expectancies lower than many people in Third World countries.
We should not be having many of our young people leaving college deeply in debt. We should not be having in this great country an infrastructures which is crumbling when we have millions of workers prepared to rebuild that infrastructure and in the midst of all of that, we should not be having a situation where Wall Street, corporate America and billionaires are failing to pay their fair share of taxes.
These are some of the issues that many millions of Americans have supported during my campaign. These are the issues that we will take to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.
Donald Trump would clearly, to my mind and I think the majority of Americans, be a disaster as president of the United States. It is unbelievable to me, and I say this with all sincerity, that the Republican Party would have a candidate for president, who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign. In my view, the American people will not vote for or tolerate a candidate who insults Mexicans and Latinos, who insults Muslims, who insults African-Americans and women. Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.
I will, of course, be competing in the D.C. primary which will be held next Tuesday. This is the last primary of the Democratic nominating process. The major point that I will be making to the citizens of the District of Columbia is that I am strongly in favor of D.C. statehood.
The state of Vermont, which I represent, has about the same number of residents that Washington, D.C. has except we have two United States senator and one Congressman with full rights while D.C. does not. That does not make any sense.
Also, I look forward to the full counting of the votes in California, which I suspect will show a much closer vote than the current vote tally. I spoke briefly to Secretary Clinton on Tuesday night and I congratulated her on her very strong campaign. I look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent.
Thank you very much.
Update 9:24am CT, June 17: According to the Associated Press, Sanders has confirmed he is working with Clinton to defeat Trump and transform the Democratic Party following an address to his followers on Thursday. Sanders has yet to endorse Clinton.