Bernie Sanders Tells Third-Party Voters Exactly What They Need to Hear (Video)

Since the Democratic National Convention at the end of July, Bernie Sanders has been keeping a fairly low profile. It was to be expected coming off a very long, exhausting presidential campaign.

However, running as successful of a campaign as he did, Sanders is fully aware that he couldn’t stay on the sidelines for too long. He hasn’t been making many huge appearances, but he has been speaking to the press more and doing interviews which are going to be key in helping Clinton defeat Trump this November.

For instance, an interview he did with MSNBC’s Morning Joe where he perfectly explained why voting third-party plays right into Donald Trump’s hands.

“Let us elect Hillary Clinton as president, and the day after, let us mobilize millions of people around the progressive agenda,” Sanders said.

After a recent NYT/CBS poll was mentioned showing that around one-third of voters under 30 said they were supporting a third-party candidate, Sanders talked about how foolish it was to cast a “protest” vote that does nothing but help elect a dangerous demagogue like Donald Trump.

“Look, I was a third-party candidate. I began my career running as a third-party, getting 2 percent and then 1 percent,” Sanders stated. “I’m the longest serving independent in the history of the U.S. Congress, but I think that before you cast a protest vote, because Clinton or Trump will be president, think hard about it. This is not a governor’s race. It’s not a state legislative race. This is the presidency of the United States.”

“And I would say to those people out there who are thinking of the protest vote, think about what the country looks like and whether you’re comfortable with four years of a Trump presidency,” he added.

Everything he said here is absolutely spot-on.

Don’t get me wrong, Bernie Sanders is partially responsible for some of the negative views younger Americans have about Clinton based on some of the things he said during his campaign, but what he’s saying here is something that those voters desperately need to hear — even if I’m certain many of them are going to accuse him of “selling out.”

Actually, he said something I told Sanders supporters a long time ago — the best thing to do if his primary campaign wasn’t successful was to rally behind Clinton, help elect Democrats to local, state and congressional elections and then hold her accountable for every promise she made during her campaign. No matter what they might think of her, she’s still a candidate who:

  • Will appoint liberal Supreme Court justices like her husband did when he selected Ginsburg and Breyer.
  • Supports gay rights and same-sex marriage.
  • Won’t overturn the Affordable Care Act, but rather improve upon it.
  • Is actually more liberal than President Obama when it comes to combating climate change.
  • Supports immigration reform.
  • Wants to raise the minimum wage.
  • Supports education reform.
  • Is pro-choice.
  • Won’t vilify Muslims, Mexicans or immigrants.
  • Wants to help Syrian refugees.
  • Hasn’t advocated for committing war crimes.
  • Isn’t heaping praise on a Russian president trying to undermine U.S. policy.

The list goes on and on.

The bottom line is, even if she doesn’t make all the wildest dreams of the far-left come true, at least she won’t undo all the progress we’ve made like Donald Trump would allow Republicans to do. Which means our job all of us — is to hold Clinton accountable for the promises she made. And if she doesn’t try to do what she said she would, then I’ll be one of the first people pushing to “primary” her in 2020.

In 2000, we saw what happens when people cast “protest” votes — we ended up with George W. Bush. And just like we’re seeing now, many of those folks who voted for Ralph Nader couldn’t be convinced that on Al Gore’s worst day he was still a million times better than the alternative.

Eight years later, we were engulfed in two wars; our national debt was spiraling out of control; thousands of Americans had died; and our economy was on the verge of almost complete collapse.

Only this time, the nightmare that Trump will bestow on this country will make Bush’s eight years look like a pleasant dream.

So, I sincerely hope Bernie Sanders gets out there and says this sort of stuff more often. There are far too many of these under 30 voters who aren’t accurately remembering what the 2000 election was like and this year could very well turn out how that one did. And just like the Brexit regret so many folks in the UK felt once they realized their “protest” vote ultimately handed bigots their victory, there’s no “do-over” if Donald Trump wins November 8th.

Watch Sanders’ comments below via MSNBC:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • TravelingOne

    Wrong on several fronts, Allen.

    Its ridiculous to try and blame Sanders for a negative view of Clinton. Most of us have had that view for decades.

    Second, it’s been shown again and again that third party votes, i.e. votes for Nader, did NOT give us Bush.

    Still not voting for her!

    • Mark Milligan

      Travelling one your wrong on both fronts. You may have had a negative view of her but to say most is incorrect. If your a millennium then you don’t have any knowledge of her as a first lady or her career previously. As a senator she did good for her state and sure she voted to go to Iraq but so did others. She at least has stood up and admitted her mistake.
      Had Nader not been running then there is no doubt that Gore would have won. I don’t know what sources you reference perhaps the same ones as that other guy.
      It’s your right to vote for whom ever you like but wasting a vote on a third party candidate in a two party system and possibly ending up with Drumpf is simply foolish. It will do absolutely nothing to improve this country or our lives unless your name is Drumpf.
      I can’t fathom how you could dislike her so much that your willing to have Drumpf as the President. That is simply selfish. You think more of your protest vote than your country. The way to turn your protest into action is to vote for the people that actually can make a difference. Start at the local level, we are all more affected by local and state policies. Elect the people that will make the changes. This is what Bernie is saying.
      At the end of the day your going to be standing with your ballot. Curtain closed and making a vote that will determine the direction of this country not for the next 4 years but for generations to come. I hope you make the right decision.

      • TravelingOne

        Well we could probably go back and forth – you’re wrong, no – YOU’re wrong, but neither of us will change our minds in the end.

        But as to the Nader issue, there are many detailed articles showing this is inaccurate. You can chose to believe otherwise:

        And blaming Bernie for Hillary’s negatives is absurd. No I am not a millennial.. old enough that I am a parent of two however. I’ve had a negative view of the Clinton’s for years.. I don’t consider either really a progressive, and her own comments hurt her. Pro-Monsanto, pro-Wall Street, and yes, a hawk. She made it worse when she nominated Kaine (who called anyone against “free” trade agreements “losers”) and rewarded Wasserman-Schultz with the honorary chairmanship after her disgusting partisanship during the primaries. Then the recent leaks show her saying “environmentalists need to get a life”. She will not represent me or policies I support.

        Trump is a despicable human being and the thought of him as president is horrifying but Clinton will win DESPITE not getting MY vote. She’s better than Trump (who isn’t??), but still a liar and untrustworthy. Did you listen in the third debate how she refused to answer the Clinton Foundation pay-for-play question, instead just turning it to Russia and the hacks? Fair topic for discussion, certainly, but yes, we want to discuss the Foundation, TOO.

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