June 24, 2016

Sorry, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

Bernie Sanders told MSNBC this morning that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton this November.

After saying “yes” when asked whether he would vote for Clinton, Sanders quickly pivoted to slamming presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” he said, saying Trump would be “a disaster for this country if he were to be elected.”

“We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry," Sanders continued. “This is not somebody who should become president.”

Here's the full transcript of the segment via MSNBC's Morning Joe:

NICOLLE WALLACE: Turning back to – to our country's broiling politics, are you going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November?

SANDERS: Yes, yes, I think the issue right here is I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country, if he were to be elected president.

We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is – is bigotry, is insulting Mexicans, and Latinos, and Muslims and women; who does not believe in the reality of climate change when virtually every scientist who has studied this issue understands we have a global crisis. This is not somebody who should become president.

What my job right now is is to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention and as we speak in St. Louis, that's going on right now. And that means a platform that represents working people that stands up to big money interests and that's what we're trying to do.

WALLACE: So your vote will be a vote for Hillary Clinton or against Donald trump?

SANDERS: Well, look, I don’t want to parse words right now. What I am trying to do right now is to make sure that the Democratic party becomes the party that represents working people, not Wall Street, that is prepared…

WALLACE: So is it…

SANDERS: … that is prepared to have an agenda that speaks to the need of creating millions of jobs, raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, dealing with climate change, dealing with pay equity. Those are the issues that we need to have not only in a platform, but we need Democratic leadership to be implemented.

GEIST: So Senator, just to put a button on this, you said, you'll vote for Hillary Clinton, which means you won't vote for yourself. Have you accepted now that you won’t be the nominee?

SANDERS: I'm pretty good at arithmetic, and what I know is that Hillary Clinton has more pledged delegates than I do, and she has a lot more super-delegates than I do.

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.