Supporters of Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Need to Acknowledge This Crucial Fact

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.

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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  • Just as I assumed when I came to read the article. The “take my ball and go home” attitude is 99% Bernie supporters.
    These are the same democrats and independents (plus some RW plants) that stuck with Nader in 2000.
    But not to worry the majority of Dem’s and right thinking Indies will come to HRC in the general.
    In the meantime, voice your opinion, share your enthusiasm for Hillary, but don’t waste your time apologizing or begging to Bernie’s people out of fear. They’re either coming along or they’re not.
    Either way, we will prevail.

    • Rich Kingdon

      Perhaps the problem for Sanders supporters might be the extreme condescension we see from Clinton’s supporters, such as “right thinking Indies” and the like. Pretty damned ignorant.

      • The point of my post is that you can vote for whichever candidate you like.
        I won’t try to convince you or cajole you either way.
        Where do you see ignorance in that?

      • Dan Mac

        Because your use of the term “Right thinking indies” implies that any independent who doesn’t bow down and pray for the chance to vote Hillary is “wrong thinking”.

        Fuck your condescension, and fuck you.

      • Well if nothing else, you Bernie supporters sure have class!

      • Dan Mac

        And you are a condescending dick head.

        If you can’t admit you’re being a condescending fuck, then I have zero respect for you and don’t give a fuck what you think about me.

        So, I repeat, fuck you, and your condescending attitude, sideways, with a chainsaw, up your asshole.

        Are we clear on how much I dislike you and your #boomersplaining?


        Please die, you old, ignorant, fuck.

      • Virginia Liberal

        Now, now boys. Play nicely please, we are all on the same side for Pete’s sake.

      • Dan Mac

        No, we’re really not.

        If you think Hillary is a progressive, we aren’t on the same side at all.

        I don’t vote party line. The two party system is part of the problem.

        Hillary is a center-right candidate.

        We call those Republicans.

      • Virginia Liberal

        No, that’s not what was meant. IF you candidate doesn’t win then you need to vote the one who does win the primary.

      • Dan Mac

        I have to vote Party Line?

        Why exactly?

    • ObsidianOrder

      How can you expect to be taken seriously with a guess like 99%? rofl
      People need to be more concerned about voting in general instead of trying to get in jabs against the masses.
      I’ve read more comments than I’d care to admit, out of curiosity, and I see the same fighting and silly bullshit on behalf of every candidate.

      Support/Vote for whomever you choose, and have civil debates with people. Fires don’t get smaller if you keep adding more wood.

    • aka Eric Blair

      Urine idiot!

    • Virginia Liberal

      To each his own of course but I just hope people be adults and vote along party lines even if their favorite doesn’t win.

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    • bfg

      So you are willing to write off the youth vote and you think Hillary will win without it? I hope you’re not a political consultant.

  • cruisersailor

    This Bernie Sanders’ supporter is indeed going to vote for Hillary when she wins the nomination. The idea of a Republican winning the presidency scares the hell out of me.

    • 1968_Camaro

      Exactly, Cruisersailor. The Republicans are aiming to destroy our country for their selfish gain.

    • Virginia Liberal

      Agreed. This Hillary Gal will vote for Bernie before I’d let Repubs ever get the White House again.!! Glad to see a like minded Democrat.

  • Eleanor Gorman

    Trump is Sarah Palin, but only a man, and richer and more disgusting. A woman candidate would never have gotten away with crp that comes out of his mouth. He’s honest because he doesn’t filter what comes out of his mouth?? (okay, lets just assume for a minute that that’s true, SMH)– but how about thinking about what actuallly comes out of his mouth then! Latest example–He’s audited because maybe he’s a Christian? HE’s the biggest fraud who’s ever run for this office, I imagine. How is this man not the laughing stock of the US and how can anyone vote for him?

  • beergoggles

    As an independent, I might vote for Hillary if she stops palling around with America’s Hitler.. As it is, the only one I can bring myself to vote for right now is Bernie.

  • bfg

    We are all going to vote the way our consciences dictate but I would ask everyone here to consider what the impact of their choices will be on the most vulnerable people in the country. Also take a look at states like Wisconsin and Michigan and you will see how much damage a Governor and legislature can do and how entrenched they can become in a very short time. Four years of federal complicity in voter suppression and it may be impossible for any Democrat to win in 2020.

  • Theryl McCoy

    Bernie Sanders will be the first time in a decade that I will vote Democrat. If Bernie Sanders does not win the Democratic primary, then I will go back to voting Green Party. Show us someone worthy of a vote, then we’ll vote for them. Hillary Clinton is not worthy. Donald Trump is not worthy, Ted Cruz is not worthy, etc etc….

  • Dale Diddock

    Like Bernie’s platform, hate HRC’s unwillingness to go far enough. I’m a progressive and a humanist, and not ashamed of it. I also know that mainstream Democrats, a big chunk of Independents, and whoever pass for moderate Republicans aren’t ready to talk Socialism, let alone vote that way. Even with an idiot like Trump as a candidate, we might not win. Do we have a right to gamble people’s future like that?

  • Paul Samenfeld

    Would love Bernie to win. But,I believe it will come down to Trump/Hillary and I do not think Hillary can beat Trump . So please name the last person to win the presidency alongside an ongoing FBI investigation, negative favorability ratings, questions about character linked to continual flip-flops, a dubious money trail of donors, and the genuine contempt of the rival political party. Hope I’m wrong