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By Robert A. Vella

Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic Party race last night and will become the first woman to win a major party nomination for president.  Of the final six state primary elections held yesterday, Clinton won four against her rival Bernie Sanders including the big delegate prizes of California and New Jersey.  Although the party conventions next month will formalize the candidates who’ll appear on the general election ballots in November, the U.S. presidential contest will pit an establishment Democrat (Clinton) against a populist Republican (Donald Trump).

Sanders vowed to continue his campaign to the last primary election in the District of Columbia and onto the party convention in Philadelphia, while also reasserting his opposition to the divisive Mr. Trump:

“Young people understand that they are the future of America, and they intend to help shape that future. And I am enormously optimistic about the future of our country when so many young people have come on board and understand that our vision, a vision of social justice, economic justice, racial justice, and environmental justice, must be the future of America. Our vision will be the future of America.”

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“Our campaign from day one has understood some very basic points and that is first we will not allow right-wing Republicans to control our government. And that is especially true with Donald Trump as the Republican candidate. The American people, in my view, will never support a candidate whose major theme is bigotry.”

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“What we understand, and what every one of us has always understood, is that real change never occurs from the top on down, always from the bottom on up. … That is the history of America, whether it is the creation of the trade union movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the gay movement. And that is what OUR movement is about.”

However, the establishment-versus-populist divide in America today is so strong that all the other presidential candidates are lining up to woo disgruntled Sanders supporters including the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, and even the aforementioned Trump.

From The HillGreen Party candidate vows to keep fighting Sanders ‘revolution‘:

The likely presidential nominee of the Green Party, Jill Stein, is reaching out to supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, telling them that she’ll keep up the fight for his ideas.

“We are here in the event that they feel like they don’t have a place to go,” Stein told CNN on Tuesday evening.

Stein, the 2012 Green Party nominee, said she wanted Sanders supporters to “know that there’s a plan B here to continue to fight that revolution” against the political establishment.

She also took to Twitter to make an appeal to Sanders supporters, accusing Democrats of “blatantly rigging the system” against Sanders “from the start.”

Also from The HillLibertarian nominee makes pitch to Sanders supporters:

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is making a pitch to supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

“For all those Bernie supporters out there, how about taking a look at the Libertarian ticket?” Johnson said Wednesday morning on CNN’s “New Day.”

Johnson said he presented a “real alternative” to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees for the Democrats and Republicans, respectivey, pitching himself as fiscally conservative but pointing to a role for government.

“Government can level the playing field. Crony capitalism is alive and well,” said Johnson, who has noted that he agrees with much of what Sanders says.

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Trump similarly made a pitch for supporters of Sanders on Tuesday night, saying he would welcome “with open arms” supporters of the Vermont senator “who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates.”

On the flip side, some establishment Republicans are surprisingly lining up behind Clinton.

From TimeWhy This Republican Created a PAC to Help Elect Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton hadn’t even clinched the Democratic nomination when Craig Snyder, a longtime Republican, filed the paperwork to create a PAC to help get her elected.

Snyder filed Federal Election Commission paperwork on Friday to create Republicans for Hillary 2016, an organization aimed at convincing Republicans to choose the former Secretary of State over presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November.

“You have to put first things first in life, and a threat to the security and the safety of our country and our families is far more important than any disagreements we have over taxes or spending or social issues,” says Snyder in an interview. On the organization’s website, Snyder acknowledges all the ways he and other Republicans disagree with Clinton, mostly on domestic issues, and noted that those disagreements are not likely to change.

But, he maintains: “Down the road, America will have plenty of time to go back to arguing, civilly and thoughtfully, about taxes, spending, and the right balance between accommodating change and preserving tradition in family and community values,” he wrote on the site. Right now, “Donald Trump must be defeated.”

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17 thoughts on “Hillary makes history, all other presidential candidates woo Sanders supporters

  1. I have been waiting to hear of Republicans who will say Drumpf must be defeated.
    As for Beanie, is there a chance he can win the nomination? If not is it not a honorable thing to hang his boots and then help to get Democrats elected to Congress and Senate and then push for the reforms he strongly believes in including amendments to the party’s nomination procedures?

    • Beanie? You meant Bernie, I presume. Does he have a chance at winning the nomination? Very, very, very slim to no chance at all. I don’t understand your second question.

      • Blame autocorrect.
        I meant if his chances are slim, should he not concede and then if he really believes in what he has espoused throughout the campaign to now first help get a Democrat at the WH and then to also have a majority in both houses?

      • I would not question his integrity. I try to limit myself to only those things that I can know but mostly to those that I know, which, unfortunately, is very small

      • To put it differently; can the party change its nomination procedures?
        And if Bernie concedes and lends support to Hillary, is there a chance that some of his goals can be met with a majority of dems in both houses?

      • Of course the Dems could change their nomination process. The real question is WILL they do so in any meaningful way.

        If Bernie supports Hillary and the election provides big wins for Democrats, there is a chance that some of his goals could be achieved through the legislative process; but again, I doubt any fundamental change would result.

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