On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave an online address to discuss the future of his campaign, the 2016 presidential election, and the so-called “political revolution” that he has been calling for over the past year. For many in the Democratic establishment, Sanders’ speech was a great disappointment, and for an obvious reason: he didn’t drop out and concede to Hillary Clinton, who was declared the presumptive Democratic nominee one week earlier by the Associated Press. Instead, the Vermont Senator promised to carry on and keep fighting for far-reaching progressive change in America.
“Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end,” remarked Sanders. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly. And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time. But defeating Donald Trump cannot be our only goal. We must continue our grassroots efforts to create the America that we know we can become.”
Sanders, who has been a progressive gadfly throughout his long political career, is not about to capitulate to the Democratic establishment — nor should he.