On Thursday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with President Obama at the White House. After their meeting, the Vermont senator spoke to the press outside the Eisenhower Executive Office building to deliver an important speech ahead of the final Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Sanders said one important thing that should comfort his supporters.
While the Democratic candidate did discuss uniting with likely nominee Hillary Clinton to do whatever they can to stop Donald Trump from winning the White House this fall, he did not endorse the former secretary of state. But Sanders did make a few key points in his address which should resonate with his support base. He started off by pointing to the high rate of poverty facing the U.S., stating, "We should not have the highest rate of childhood poverty ... we should not be having Americans in inner cities ... who have life expectancies lower than many people in third-world countries."
But Sanders also spoke to one of the most important issues to voters — and the country's nominating process. He spoke about creating "a government which represents all of us, and not just the one percent." He also said:
These are some of the issues that millions of Americans supported during my campaign. These are the issues that we will take to the convention ... It is unbelievable to me, and I say this in sincerity, [that Republicans] would have a candidate for president that in the year of 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstones of his campaign.
Supporters should be comforted in knowing that Sanders absolutely intends to keep working on changing the U.S. government for the better by creating a system that represents all voters and all people, regardless of their economic status. They should also take this as a sign that he is not dropping out right now. He made it clear in this speech that he intends on continuing his run all the way to the convention — even if Clinton is the likely nominee, and even if his chances of winning this nomination are slim to none.
We know that he will remain in the race until the convention, but we don't know yet whether that will be the end for Sanders, or if he will work to stop Trump in another way.