Although Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee, there is still troubling brewing within the party. Even though the fight’s not over, mainstream media, Hillary herself, and the president are declaring her the winner.
This has not gone over well with the Sanders camp.
Since the beginning of the primaries, Bernie Sanders has defied the odds by building a strong base of young, motivated supporters. He now leads an army of activist-minded, hyper liberal individuals. And they’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
So you can understand why they’re so upset at the demand by the president that Bernie drops out.
“The president is not Sen. Sanders’ boss. We’ve got to get this straight here,” said Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator who’s been traveling the country on behalf of the campaign. “There’s respect that’s for the commander in chief … but Sen. Sanders is duly elected, and he’ll make his own decisions.”
“In some ways, even though [the president’s] numbers are good, and good with the Democratic base, he overestimates,” said a Democratic strategist aligned with Sanders. “Much of the activist Bernie movement — I think he overestimates his strength with those people.”
The divide within the Democratic Party is real. It even dwarfs the lingering Republicans who oppose Trump. Bernie Sanders supporters view Hillary and the rest of the Democrats in Washington as elitists, completely out of touch with the issues the average American cares about. It will take a herculean effort to win them over to Hillary and that’s without Obama trying to shove Bernie into a corner.
It doesn’t help that Obama’s come out in a pseudo-public relations campaign in support of Hillary. He made that statement chastising Bernie while endorsing Hillary. He then went on to make appearance at fund raisers and the “Tonight Show.” It’s clear he’s using whatever celebrity he has left to help fulfill his obligations to the Clinton machine.
That won’t engender him to the Bernie camp, which has refused to give up. How much damage will Obama do to Sanders supporters remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: Hillary doesn’t have their votes yet.