The other day I was talking to one of my friends who’s a Bernie Sanders supporter and we were discussing how absurd the “Clinton vs. Sanders” nonsense has gotten over the last few months. While there are some differences between the two candidates, those of us on the left are really bickering amongst ourselves over two good candidates. As Hillary Clinton said recently, there are far more issues that unite the two candidates than divide them.
As progressives, we really should focus more on how lucky we are that we were given two great options to become our nominee.
Hell, look at the sideshow we just witnessed on the Republican side – wow.
Even as a Clinton supporter, I’ve maintained from the beginning that I would proudly fight for and support Sanders if he ultimately won the nomination. As I’ve said repeatedly, I like both candidates – I simply preferred Clinton.
But I am proud of what Sanders has accomplished (even if I haven’t always agreed with some of the things he’s done) and I’m glad he’s staying in the race until the end. I absolutely believe Bernie Sanders and his supporters have earned the right to see this thing all the way through till the end. He has a very important message that needs to be heard as much as possible.
Take for instance a video his campaign recently released outlining a speech Sanders gave where he described why Trump can’t win:
Trump will not be elected president because the American people instinctually, in a very deep sense, understand that bringing our people together – black or white; or Latino or Asian American; gay and straight; men and women; people born in America; people who come to America – will always Trump dividing us up. We are at our best when we support each other. When we help each other. When I am there for you and when you are there for me. When we’re there for each other’s kids. That sense of togetherness always trumps selfishness.
He finishes by using the line we’ve all heard often from various people, “love trumps hatred.” It’s a clear play on words taking a direct shot at Donald Trump and the seemingly endless stream of vile things he’s said during his campaign.
The video is very short so if you have less than two minutes I would suggest everyone watch it. It really is an amazing video.
But it is a message we all need to rally around as November nears. This election is about much more than a petty Clinton vs. Sanders battle, anyone’s ego, or pride. With Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, we are really going up against a candidate who is the closest thing to a fascist we’ve seen get this close to the White House. Someone who’s literally built a campaign on vilifying some of the most vulnerable among us while pandering to hate, fear, bigotry and racism.
This year is a pivotal moment for this country. In many ways this November will determine what this nation wants to be going forward. I sincerely hope this election day, love does trump hate. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure we’ll ever get back everything we’ll lose with Donald Trump as president.
Watch the video below: