Washington, DC (TFC) – It’s official. Bernie Sanders has thrown his weight behind the eventual Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. In a joint appearance on July 12, 2016, Sanders conceded that, “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination.” He then congratulated her, and went on to say that he intended “to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States”. The process of uniting the party has begun. But what does that mean for the millions of people who believed they were fighting for a “political revolution,” echoing the battle cries of “Never Hillary”, and “Bernie or Bust”? Are they expected to disappear back into the fold of the establishment Democratic Party?
Jill Stein doesn’t think so.
Immediately following the news of Bernie’s endorsement, Stein tweeted, “If you don’t want to vote for a war monger or racist billionaire, there are more options. The political revolution will keep going.” She repeatedly took to Twitter throughout the day to repeat her sentiment, concluding with, “Berners, I repeat: this isn’t the end. Not by a long shot. Together we can keep the political revolution going. We don’t need the Democrats.”
With so many active supporters and potential progressive voters now in play, it makes perfect sense that the eventual Green Party candidate would roll out the green carpet for such a large and impassioned voting block. However, she does have some competition.
Donald Trump had this message, among others, for Bernie supporters via Twitter, “To all the Bernie voters who want to stop bad trade deals & global special interests, we welcome you with open arms. People first.”
Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson spoke to Sanders supporters in a YouTube video, highlighting his ACLU Report Card rating, his opposition to some of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policies, and his liberal stance on drug policies and criminal justice reform.
It seems as though Trump and Johnson’s efforts may lay to waste though, as Stein’s campaign has seen enormous boosts as reported by U.S. Uncut. In an article published on July 13, the outlet states that, “Since Tuesday morning, the Green Party has received over $80,000 in contributions, over half of which comes from first-time donors, and half of which comes in the form of contributions under $50. Tellingly, about 615 of those contributions totaled $27, the exact number commonly trumpeted and solicited by the Sanders campaign during his revolutionary grassroots funding movement.”
The significance of those $27 donations is not lost on the eventual Democratic nominee either. Within an hour of Sanders’ endorsement, Clinton Tweeted, “…We accept $27 donations, too, you know.”
There are no lack of uncertainties in the aftermath of this new Clinton/Sanders coalition. One wouldn’t be hard pressed to find a “Berner” who has opted for any of the aforementioned options. One thing is clear though. The Revolution still has the Green light.