Democrats Unite Behind Hillary
Barack Obama just gave Hillary Clinton one shining and heartfelt endorsement. Here’s a soundbite:
I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on making history as the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s the got courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done.
Clinton responded to Obama’s endorsement via Twitter, writing, “Honored to have you with me, @POTUS. I’m fired up and ready to g! -H.”
Trump started a mini-Twitter war with his response, “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama – but nobody else does!”
Clinton quickly retorted: “Delete your account.”
Obama’s endorsement came shortly after his meeting with Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to continue his bid for the White House nomination. This decision has had Democrats concerned about party unity. Obama assured voters that the party would unify, though, thanking Sanders for his “incredible campaign” which shined “a spotlight on issues like economic inequality and the outsized influence of money on our politics and bringing young people into the process.”
After the meeting, Sanders did not withdraw from his campaigning but did vow to unify against Trump. “Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power – and I will work as hard as I can – to make sure Donald Trump does not become President of the United States,” he said.
He continued, “I look forward to meeting with [Clinton] in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent.”
Onetime rivals for the Democratic nomination, Obama and Clinton have come together with Obama’s presidency and Clinton’s work as Secretary of State. Bernie Sanders is expected to begin campaigning for Clinton in the same way Clinton did for Obama. Many Democrats hope he will sooner rather than later.
Elizabeth Warren, longtime supporter of Sanders in the progressive corner of the party, has also endorsed Clinton. This comes after enthusiastic Facebook posts, tweets, and speeches aimed at tearing apart Trump. “I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States, and to make sure Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House,” she told Rachel Maddow.
This endorsement takes Clinton one step closer to snagging Bernie Sanders supporters, as Warren has been a firm supporter of Sanders’. Donald Trump hopes to steal them away, having tweeted, “@SenSanders fans, greatest way to get even with her Highness – vote for @realDonald Trump, at least you’ll have a job.”