Senator Bernie Sanders met with President Obama today and held a press conference afterward where he definitely sounded like he is making peace with Hillary’s nomination. He still hasn’t said he’s going to drop out, but he obviously knows the situation. Here’s the video, from PBS:
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 hte united states. I will of course be competing in the D.C. primary, which will be held on 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.
Senator Sanders also says he is looking forward to the full counting of votes in California, “which I suspect,” he says, “will show a much closer vote than the current vote tally.” He also explains that he spoke with Clinton on Tuesday.
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 to create a government that represents all of us and not just the one percent.
Surely the President and Secretary Clinton had hoped for a concession, as Leon noted earlier, but Bernie is doing exactly what his voters want. With only a few days left until the very last vote, he’s wringing every single bit of mileage out of this as he can. Every additional vote, every minute more of his dedicated base feeling that the fight goes on is one more ounce of power, one more fork he brings to the supper table when the food is on.
But he didn’t in any way indicate a fight going on. There’s been a lot of talk about trying to sway the super delegates and really push for a win. That was not there in his remarks. It was all about coming together, finishing the race, and defeating Trump. That’s the writing on the wall, folks.
He’s exiting, but he’s doing it the best way he can, and the only way his fans might allow it. Hillary better hope it works.