Just one day after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fully endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, he announced his return to being an independent, thereby leaving the Democrat Party he spent the last year attempting to sway into nominating him as its party’s presidential nominee.
In a breakfast sponsored Thursday by Bloomberg, Sanders announced his intention to re-enter his role as an independent senator. “I was elected as an independent. I’ll stay two years more as an independent,” he declared.
It’s unclear how Sanders even became a candidate for the Democratic ticket, since he had never been a member of the Democratic Party prior to running for president. Nevertheless, he ran, yet appeared uncomfortable calling himself a Democrat, as the Daily Mail reported.
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But Sanders had parting shots for the candidate he didn’t get the chance to debate, Donald Trump.
“I think Donald Trump is a danger to this country. I think he’s a demagogue,” Sanders said, adding that many of his Republican colleagues perceive Trump as someone who even they say doesn’t “understand the Constitution of the United States.”
Speaking of his supporters, Sanders said, “We have our own organization, our own network, and we will be going around the country…to support progressive candidates,” not just supporting Clinton’s bid for office.
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In light of the recent revelations via Wikileaks that many high ranking DNC officials were working against Sanders during the primaries, Sanders reportedly remarked, “We need a DNC which has as very different direction…I honestly don’t know many of the people there. But my guess is we’re going to need new leadership, a new direction and new personnel.”
h/t: Yahoo Finance
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