July 1, 2016

As His Supporters Sue DNC, Sanders Declines To Endorse Clinton 4X

Last night on MSNBC Chris Hayes gave Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) four chances to endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders went 0-4. Sanders’ refusal to endorse Clinton was in direct contradiction to Vice President Biden’s claim that a Sanders endorsement for Clinton was imminent.

Sanders’ continued snubbing of Clinton is part of a larger conflict over the direction of the Democratic Party he is currently waging. One particularly hot front in the ongoing Sanders-Establishment cold war is over the DNC platform. Today, Politicoreported that Sanders is “still spoiling for a convention fight” over the platform’s content:

“Sanders made clear this week that he’s willing to take his fight beyond Orlando if his concerns aren’t adequately addressed. ‘I am going to do everything I can to rally support in Orlando for our amendment opposing the TPP,’ Sanders wrote in the email introducing the TPP petition. ‘But I want to be clear that if we fail there we are going to take this fight to the floor of the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia next month.'”

Additionally, Sanders’ appearances on MSNBC will only exacerbates one of Clinton’s biggest electoral problem: her lack of support among Sanders voters. Polls have shown that a significant portion remains unwilling to back Clinton:

“A June 14 Bloomberg Politics national poll of likely voters in November’s election found that barely half of those who favored Sanders — 55 percent — plan to vote for Clinton. Instead, 22 percent say they’ll vote for Trump, while 18 percent favor Libertarian Gary Johnson.”

Finally, many Sanders’ supporters show no sign of giving up the fight against the Democratic National Committee. Sanders and many of his voters have long claimed that the Democratic primary was rigged in Clinton’s favor by the DNC. Now a group of those supporters is taking action, launching a class-action lawsuit against DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for fraud:

“For nearly a year, supporters of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign have claimed the fix has been in by Democratic party leaders to anoint Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee in 2016. Now they’re going to court to try to prove that’s the case. A class action lawsuit was filed earlier this week in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida by the Miami law firm of Beck & Lee against the Democratic National Committee and its chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The suit makes six legal claims on behalf of its 121 claimants, beginning with fraud, asserts attorney Jared Beck.”

Next week will mark a month that Clinton has been the presumptive Democratic nominee. At this time eight years ago Clinton had long endorsed Obama. Sanders continued efforts against Clinton show that Democratic unity is about as likely at this point as Boris Johnson winning a popularity contest in Brussels.