A call for suggestions as to how to deal with the following accusatory statement:
“A vote for Sanders is a vote for Clinton because he has said that he will support her when she gets the nomination”.
There are those that shame Sanders supporters, in part by repeating over and over again, “Sanders has already stated that he will support HRC”. I’ve lost track of how many times this has been shouted at me.
I have asked for links to such statements to no avail. They make it sound like proclaiming support for HRC is part of Sander’s stump speech!
The only thing I can find is an interview with—c-span? msnbc?— that is in a huffpo article which is vague and over 7 months old.
I feel it will be a mistake if he does throw his support to Clinton should she get the nomination (in my fantasy world I am still hoping for indictment!). I hope he will state loudly and clearly that he will NOT back someone who is the antithesis of his platform and all that he has been fighting for— for decades. That may be nothing more than a fantasy of mine too. This is something I grapple with each time I contribute time/$$ to his campaign.
The spin on the left (and right) has been “Sanders supports Clinton” and this has been divisive. Have you ever noticed that this is not something that is part of the Clinton dialogue; i.e. when is she asked if she will support Sanders? If the question has been asked of her, I do not recall it being part of the debate among HRC supporters.
Those that have endorsed Sanders (hint to Naomi Klein) should take a page out of HRC’s supporters play book. As an example see the Democracy Now interview with Sandra Bland’s mother who, when asked if Sanders gets the nomination will she vote for Sanders, responded with unwavering confidence and stated (paraphrasing): “I will not go there now, I am working for Secretary Clinton to secure the nomination”.