• Matt Esnayra

Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden for President

In a surprise joint appearance, Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed his former rival Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, less than a week after dropping out of the race.

But Why?:

Senator Sanders' endorsement arrived after a string of primary losses and the inability to campaign for president in his usual way of relying on large hyper-enthusiastic rallies, due to the global pandemic.

  • Sander's endorsement of Biden was largely focused on President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Sanders repeatedly criticized Trump for not using the Defense Production Act to make needed equipment for first responders and even re-tweeting a post about potentially firing Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Why it matters:

Sander's endorsement is possibly the most important of Biden's campaign so far, mainly because Biden needs to unify the entire Democratic party if he has any hopes of beating Trump in November and he will need Sander's progressive supporters to do that.

What they're saying:

  • Bernie Sander said, "Today, I am asking all Americans -- I'm asking every Democrat; I’m asking every independent; I’m asking a lot of Republicans -- to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse, to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,”

  • Joe Biden said, "We are apart on some issues but we are awfully close on a whole bunch of others" and "I'm gonna need you not just to campaign but to govern".

Biden Tweets the word "Unity" with a picture of himself with Sanders:

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