Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders threw a wrench into Hillary Clinton’s plans for a restful coast to her coronation as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. Emerging from an hour-long meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and other officials, Sander said that despite Clinton’s primary victory in California this week, he will continue in the race to the end. However, he vowed that he will do “everything in my power” to defeat Donald Trump in the fall.

Sanders has been under pressure to concede the race to Clinton because she now has enough delegates to clinch the presidential nomination at the party convention in Philadelphia this summer. So far, President Obama has not endorsed either candidate. However, his aides have reportedly said that Obama is urging Sanders to concede. Sanders, however, thanked Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden for their "impartiality" in the contest.

 

Repeating his vow to overturn the economic system of the United States, Sanders said, “We will continue doing everything that we can to oppose the drift which currently exists toward an oligarchic form of society where a handful of billionaires exercise enormous power over our political, economic, and media life.” Socialist Sanders said that businessman Trump would be a “disaster as President of the United States. It is unbelievable to me, and I say this in all sincerity, that the Republican party would have a candidate for president who, in the year 2016, makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign.” He added, “Needless to say, I will do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become President of the United States.”

Washington DC holds it primary on June 14. In advance of the vote, Sanders said he is strongly committed to seeing the District become a state. Sanders claimed that he congratulated Clinton on “her very strong campaign,” and is looking forward to meeting her to hash out plans to beat Trump. He continues to believe that a recount of ballots cast in the California primary will show that his loss to Clinton was not as bad as reported.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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