Sanders ‘abandoned’ supporters by backing Clinton: Analyst
Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders “abandoned” his followers the moment he decided to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, says an American analyst.
Abayomi Azikiwe, an editor at the Pan-African News Wire, made the comments on Sunday while discussing Sanders’ stance on Clinton’s insulting remarks about his fans.
Clinton was heard in a leaked audio clip describing Sanders’ supporters as “children of the Great Recession,” who are “living in their parents’ basement.”
Sanders defended Clinton’s remarks in an interview with CNN on Sunday, saying the former first lady had a “point” and was “absolutely correct.”
“There are young people who went deeply into debt, worked very hard to get a good education, and yet get out of school and can’t get decent jobs… and are living in their parents’ basements. There is a point there,” the Vermont senator argued.
Azikiwe told Press TV on Sunday that Sanders’ remarks signaled his desperation to defend his endorsement of Clinton, because he had turned his back on his fans already.
“I believe that Sanders is in a dilemma, by endorsing Clinton he has to justify the games that were played by the Democratic National Committee during the primary process to disenfranchise his supporters,” Azikiwe said.
The analyst said Sanders had attracted a significant following among grassroots and independent voters by criticizing Clinton and the Democratic Party.
Now that he has “abandoned” those beliefs by endorsing the former secretary of state, he has no other way than agreeing with Clinton’s description of his supporters.
During the primaries, Sanders ran a close race with Clinton and promised to continue the fight all the way until the Democratic National Convention in June, where the party’s nominee was going to be named.
Towards the end of the race, however, Sanders changed his tone and bowed out in favor of Clinton. He also appeared next to her during the DNC and officially endorsed her by giving an emotional speech.