Currently there is a bit of a “civil war” going on among progressives between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. During a primary season, that’s to be expected. Undoubtedly, it’s at this point during an election year when voters are most emotionally tied to a particular candidate. Primary elections often resemble sporting events more than political contests.
But what’s alarmed me most about this particular primary season is the number of people threatening to “sit out” or “write-in” a candidate if their particular candidate doesn’t happen to win the nomination. A belief that I think is one of the most asinine stances I’ve ever heard. If you think either Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio would be better (or just as bad) as voting for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, you are out of your damn mind.
I don’t care what your thoughts are of either Clinton or Sanders, on their worst day, either candidate is a million times better than anyone from the Republican party. And with the rights for millions of Americans at risk, as well as the Supreme Court and our progress on climate change, there’s too much at stake this election to have any group of people not support the eventual Democratic nominee.
And while I have encountered a few Clinton supporters who’ve vowed not to support Sanders if he becomes the nominee (I’ve even been blocked by a few of them for calling them idiots), the “my candidate or no one” crowd is mostly found among Sanders supporters. Though I will gladly admit that the majority of those supporting Sanders do understand the bigger picture and have said they plan to support whichever candidate ultimately wins the nomination.
To those people, I can’t thank them enough. In fact, I can’t thank anyone enough for realizing what’s on the line this election and why it’s so crucial that we all get out and “vote blue, no matter who.” I don’t even want to think about how much damage Republicans will be able to do to this nation if we hand them the White House this November. It will make George W. Bush’s eight years seem like a wonderful dream compared to the nightmare that a President Trump/Rubio/Cruz would inflict upon the country.
But there’s an irony to anyone who says that they’re going to take their ball and go home if their candidate doesn’t win, and it’s this: Neither candidate can win without help from the supporters of their primary rival.
If Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, then half of all Sanders supporters decide not to support her, she likely loses and we’re stuck with a President Trump/Rubio/Cruz.
But guess what?
If Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, then half of all Clinton supporters decide not to support him, he’s likely going to lose and we’re going to be stuck with a President Trump/Rubio/Cruz.
The truth of the matter is, whether each side wants to admit it or not, they both need each other this November. Because come election day, if one group decides to let selfish ego and pride get in the way by not supporting the Democratic nominee, guess what?
We all lose.
So, no matter what Clinton or Sanders supporters might think of one another, the reality is, they’re in this together – whether they like it or not.
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