Bernie Sanders: “This is not the time for a protest vote”

Bernie Sanders: “This is not the time for a protest vote” September 17, 2016


As the longest serving independent in Congress, Bernie Sanders is certainly the person to listen to about third-party politics. Bernie has been supporting Hillary Clinton after losing to her as he believes she is the best option for liberals in our political climate. Some liberals are thinking about voting for Jill Stein, but she simply isn’t a viable option or even a strong candidate. Trump and Gary Johnson certainly won’t make our country more progressive and Bernie Sanders agrees:

“This is not the time for a protest vote, in terms of a presidential campaign.

I ran as a third-party candidate. I’m the longest-serving independent in the history of the United States Congress. I know more about third-party politics than anyone else in the Congress, okay?

And if people want to run as third-party candidates, God bless them! Run for Congress. Run for governor. Run for state legislature. When we’re talking about president of the United States, in my own personal view, this is not time for a protest vote. This is time to elect Hillary Clinton and then work after the election to mobilize millions of people to make sure she can be the most progressive president she can be.”

So there you have it. Any remaining Bernie supporters who refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton are simply voting against their own interests (assuming they care about progressive politics). Hillary is a great option for liberals because our political system requires incremental change and compromise. While Hillary has been struggling to connect with millennials, that is starting to change as more millennials are supporting her now.

I still don’t think there are enough Stein supporters to make much of a difference, but myself and Bernie are simply asking those considering to look at the bigger picture. If you are unhappy with our political system as I am, we all need to work from the bottom-up and we can’t do that under a Trump presidency.

[Featured image from Phil Roeder under Creative Commons 2.0]

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