Bernie Sanders, In His Own Words: When His Race Ends And Why It Isn’t Over Yet

In case you opened this with preconceptions, let’s make this clear: Bernie Sanders sat down with National Public Radio’s (NPR) Steve Inskeep and made it clear that he is still in this race “til the last vote is counted, and that will be in the primary in Washington, D.C..”

Sanders said, after 18 wins, he believes all of the states should be given their chance to weigh in:

That’s right. We think that … I don’t know, maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think that the people of every state in this country — including the largest state in America, California — should have a right to cast their votes as to who they want to see as president of the United States, and what kind of agenda they want the Democratic Party to have.

Many pundits and corporate media outlets have worked very hard to show that Sanders is, numerically, already out of the race. However, there is still a mathematical possibility of him winning the majority of the delegates according to Politifact, a well-respected fact-checking site. (No, I am not talking about the hilarious “Bernie Math” that so many people are chortling over.)

This isn’t to say that any path to victory for Sanders isn’t a long, nearly impossible uphill battle; it is, however, Sanders has been dealing in miraculous come-from-behind momentum since the beginning.

Yes, it’s an uphill battle. But you know what? Steve, when I started this campaign, it was an extraordinarily uphill battle — we were 60 points behind Secretary Clinton. Polls out there in the last few weeks, a few had us ahead actually in national polls, or a few points behind. The path to victory is to do extremely well in the remaining states — and as you indicate, California, of course, is the largest state. And we hope to do well there, and win that state.

According to Sanders, there is a second path to the nomination as well, one that is much less far-fetched, but also correspondingly less imaginable because it requires career politicians to vote with their constituency, and against their political organization. That is for superdelegates in states where Sanders won overwhelmingly to switch allegiances from Clinton.

It would also, according to some, require some superdelegates to actually go against their voters and switch to Sanders. To justify that, Sanders is calling for superdelegates to look at whom is a stronger candidate against Donald Trump.

Sanders spoke about the concerns of many in the Democratic party members that his continued run might damage Secretary Clinton should he fail to clinch the nomination. Others point out that it may even damage his own “revolution” if he continues to push against her. Sanders was frank, the growing political awareness, involvement, and newly engaged millennials have been, and will be, good for this country.

Well I think we are perpetuating the political revolution by significantly increasing the level of political activity that we’re seeing in this country. Millions of people are now coming into the political process as the result of what our campaign is about. I think it is good for the Unites States of America, good for the Democratic Party, to have a vigorous debate, to engage people in the political process.

You know, two years ago in 2014, 63 percent of the American people didn’t even bother to vote, and 80 percent of young people and 80 percent low-income people didn’t bother to vote in the midterm elections — I think that that is pretty pathetic. And I think that Democrats do well when the voter turnout is high. Republicans lose when the voter turnout is high.So I’m going to do everything I can to stimulate political discourse in this country — get young people, working people involved in the political process.

However, after the June 14th convention, should Hillary Clinton succeed in winning the nomination: Bernie Sanders will fight Trump.

A Trump presidency “would be a disaster for this country,” according to Sanders, and he will do “everything in his power” to make sure that doesn’t happen. That seems to indicate that he will not be continuing his run after the convention because a split Democratic vote can’t beat the kind of support that won Trump the GOP nomination.

I am the most progressive member of the Unites States Senate, I think. I have fought as hard as I can for working people, and I’m not going to see a president come into office like a Donald Trump, who is busy dividing us up in terms of picking on Mexicans, and Latinos, and Muslims, and women, and veterans, and African-Americans. That is not the type of president that we need, and that is not the type of president that I — I will do everything in my power to make sure that he does not become our president

Bernie Sanders has made it clear, he sees the danger Donald Trump represents, and he feels that his numbers show he has the best chance to beat Trump in the General election. He will, it seems, put his considerable influence against the GOP Nominee, not Hillary Clinton, should she win the nomination.

What does this mean for Bernie die-hards? If they are going to win, they have to win before the convention, because of WHO SANDERS IS, not by attacking his Democratic opponent. Organize car pools, get out the vote, win him the election, because Sanders has indicated that after the convention it is all hands on deck to defeat a Republican disaster.

Read the entire transcript of this interview, here.

Featured image via Getty Images, John Sommers II / Stringer

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