Having fought long and incredibly hard, our sweet prince has finally fallen on his sword. Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate in the presidential election, stating “she must become our next president.”

Stating that former secretary of state HRC “will make an outstanding president,” Sanders goes on to say that he was “proud to stand with her today.”

“I have come here today not to talk about the past, but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation than by any other event in the world,” Sanders said to the crowd in New Hampshire. “I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become the next president.”

“If you don’t believe this election is important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,” Sanders said.

“Just as Bernie said, over the years, I’ve gotten to know him as a colleague and a friend. His reputation for passionate advocacy hasn’t always made him the most popular person in Washington, but you know what, that’s generally a sign you’re doing something right. Sen. Sanders has brought people off the sidelines and into the political process. He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country,” Hillary Clinton said to the legion of Sanders supporters. “To everyone here and everyone cross the country who poured your heart and soul into Sen. Sanders’ campaign: Thank you.”

HRC continued, “Thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice. I am proud to be fighting alongside you, because, my friends, this is a time for all of us to stand together. These have been difficult days for America.

Not everyone is pleased by Sanders’ endorsement.

“If you don’t want to vote for a war monger or racist billionaire, there are more options. The political revolution will keep going,” Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein tweeted in the hour before Sanders spoke of his support.

Speaking with The Guardian last week, Stein said that she was willing to release the reins, suggesting she’d be willing to step down as the Green Party’s candidate if Sanders were to choose to run under its banner. Today, she shut down HRC’s praise of Sanders at the bittersweet rally in New Hampshire. “If Hillary believed this, she’d make Bernie VP so he could continue to speak for her, but she won’t. She doesn’t offer full collaboration,” Stein explained to her Twitter followers.

Liberal opponents of Stein, many of them hardcore HRC supporters, cite her running as a division of the party, thus enabling Trump the ability to win the election with greater ease. They have also said the same about Sanders. Stein’s suggestion of Sanders leading the Green party means that he could potentially win the election as a third party candidate, making history by doing so and moving beyond the binary party system, which most other developed nations have already done. Stein’s campaign slogan suggests exactly that with “Time to Reject the Lesser Evil for the Greater Good.”

 

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