What Changed?
Suddenly Hillary is deemed to have "clinched" the Democratic nomination, when there has been no real change in the situation.
What Changed?
cartoon by Matt Wuerker of Politico
By Malika Lyon / filmsforaction.org

Let me ask you something. What changed between June 5th and June 6th, when the AP declared that Hillary was the nominee (hooray!) the night before the June 7th primaries? Answer: nothing changed. The AP said they called some super delegates who swore to vote for Hillary and that "clinched it" for her. But the MSM (mainstream media) has ALWAYS included super delegates in their counts (although they won't vote until July 25th), so what made them suddenly declare her the winner on June 6th? You know the answer to that - to discourage primary voters, right? So why did so many people buy into that? And then on Tuesday night, Hillary herself declared that she was the winner now, for sure (historic moment!). Still, nothing had materially changed.

Bernie won North Dakota and Montana. Hillary won New Jersey for sure, but New Mexico was so close that she only got 2 more delegates than Bernie. She nominally won South Dakota, but they each got 10 delegates - so it was more of a tie really. That leaves California, which she was credited with "sweeping", but did she really? Although you will see that 100% of precincts have reported, the mail-in vote is still being counted, cross-over ballots are yet to be counted, provisional ballots are yet to be counted - in fact, over 2 million votes are still being counted and the gap is narrowing! California could well flip. Bottom line, Hillary has more pledged delegates but NOT a lot more, same as it's been for months now. Nothing has really changed, in fact. But now suddenly, she has "clinched it" so let's all come together now and focus on Drumpf, and what is Bernie still doing here? When are you people going to give up and go away?

Bernie is still here because:
1) Hillary hasn't actually won yet.
2) If he stopped now, those California votes would never have to be counted, and those millions of voters would really feel cheated.
3) This campaign is also about about ideas that directly affect the lives of millions of people and the health of the human environment. It's also about who owns our government, and who is representing the people and who is representing the big money donors who fund the superpacs.
4) He always promised that he was going all the way to the convention and he is a man of his word. He is that rarest of beings, an honest politician who has been true to his beliefs for decades.

But the money people are desperate for people to BELIEVE that Hillary has the nomination locked up, so that there will be no reason for Bernie's delegates and supporters (please stop calling us "followers") to travel to the convention. They are afraid of a contested convention, of a true progressive agenda, of certain unpleasant "baggage" that might come further into the light soon. (This would be about the FBI investigation of Hillary's private server and how communications from mega-donors to the Clinton Fund in exchange for certain arms deals and other favors may have been routed through that server, which was in fact used to share classified information including the names of active agents with a person who lacked any security clearance at all, and which was hacked more than once by a fellow who is now cooperating with the FBI in exchange for immunity. Yes, all of that is true and criminal and has the military establishment calling for her indictment.) In fact FOX news is already talking about it, and it will be great ammunition for Drumpf, whether she is ever actually indicted or pardoned (which would still raise the question "what for?").

In fact, everyone knows that Bernie Sanders is the best candidate, the only one without a super-pac, the only one actually supported by the people he claims to represent, the most trusted candidate, the most popular one, the one who does best against Drumpf in the polls. Again, Hillary has more pledged delegates, but not a lot more, and millions of independent voters across the country who were not able to vote in the primaries support Bernie Sanders by a large margin. These are facts. If you want to defeat Drumpf, run Bernie.

If anyone is truly being "divisive", it is the Democratic establishment, which has done everything possible to promote Clinton and suppress the vote for Bernie in every available way, in order to force this very flawed candidate upon us. The recent announcements from the AP and the Clinton campaign that the nomination has been "clinched" so now let us all celebrate this "historic moment", and the way everyone has bought into it, although in fact nothing has really changed, is a case in point. Everything Bernie has been saying is as true and as clear as the sun coming up in the morning.

That's why Bernie Sanders is still in the race, and that's why his millions of supporters, of every age and ethnic group, are ‪#‎StillSanders‬.

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