Even though Hillary Clinton's delegate lead is nearly insurmountable, her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, has made it clear he is not suspending his campaign anytime soon. Sanders is continuing to campaign against Clinton, even if she's moved on to attacking Donald Trump — and Sanders is likely to win a few more primaries, too. On the eve of the Tuesday Democratic primary in West Virginia, — a state the Vermont senator will probably win — Sanders appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , and declared once again that he's staying in the race until the final Democratic primary in June.
Sanders walked into the opening skit of Colbert's Late Show while Colbert had his hand stuck in a vending machine in an attempt to retrieve a stuck 100 Grand candy bar. That's when Sanders taught Colbert a lesson about never giving up. After Colbert (with his arm still stuck in the vending machine) exclaimed, "It's a lost cause!" Sanders gave him hope, saying, "It is not a lost cause!" Why was Sanders hanging out by the vending machine? "I don’t take money from billionaires, but I do check every vending machine change slot," Sanders told Colbert before freeing the comedian's arm.
Sanders went on to talk delegate math with Colbert, telling the host that "It's a narrow shot, but we still have a chance to a majority of the pledged delegates." Recently, Sanders said superdelegates would win him the nomination — since it would be nearly impossible for him to win enough pledged delegates to overtake Clinton's lead — but if his Late Show comments are any proof, it seems like Sanders is in it to win the old-fashioned way (through pledged delegates). Sanders told Colbert that he's not giving up, and that he's going to fight for every vote until the Democratic National Convention — certainly to Clinton's dismay.
Sanders offered more advice to Colbert, telling him, "You've got to rock the system," before shaking the vending machine until the 100 Grand bar fell out the bottom slot. In the case of the candy bar, rocking the system brought success, and clearly Sanders hopes his establishment-politics-system-rocking campaign will do so, too.
Sanders' final message for Colbert was equally clear, and may have exemplified why Sanders is not winning the Democratic race: the presidential candidate suggested that the two share the candy bar, but Colbert was not having it — just as many Americans do not seem ready for Sanders' plan to redistribute wealth in America, and ensure that everyone has access to the same advantages.
If Sanders proved anything during his Late Show appearance (other than to always shake pesky vending machines), it's that he is not giving up yet — Bernie Sanders is here to stay, at least until June.
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