After a heated race for Democratic Presidential nominee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has officially endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.
“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” Sanders said. “She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”
Sanders thanked those who voted for him during the Democratic primary ― especially the people of New Hampshire, where he got his first primary win, and his home state of Vermont. He also warned against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, arguing the business mogul would be bad for working families, calling Trump’s economic policies “reckless.”
Sanders slammed Trump’s anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim comments, claiming the GOP hopeful would divide Americans.
“In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up,” Sanders said. “While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, African Americans and veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to rid this country of all forms of bigotry.”
Clinton thanked Sanders for his support while acknowledging their former rivalry.
“Being here with him in New Hampshire, I can’t help but reflect how much more enjoyable this election is going to be now that we’re on the same side,” she said. “Now, with your help, we are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump, win in November and together build a future we can all believe in.”
She also praised Sanders for his advocacy and his ability to get people more engaged in politics, thanking him for his “lifetime of fighting injustice.”
“Over the years I’ve gotten to know him as a colleague and a friend,” she said. “His reputation for passionate advocacy hasn’t always made him the most popular person in Washington. But you know what? That’s generally a sign you’re doing something right. And throughout this campaign, Senator Sanders has brought people off the sidelines and into the political process. He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country.”
Clinton had already secured the majority of pledged delegates, making her nomination all but official.