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Bernie Sanders: I’m Joining Hillary Clinton to Defeat Donald Trump

He’s with her…kinda. While he has yet to officially drop out of the race or endorse his political opponent Hillary Clinton for president, Bernie Sanders took to Twitter on Thursday, June 16, to tell his supporters that he is looking forward to working with the presumptive Democratic nominee in hopes of defeating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Clinton in the coming weeks to make certain that the Democratic Party passes the most progressive platform in its history and that Democrats actually fight for that agenda,” the Vermont senator, 74, shared with his 2.59 million followers.

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Choosing to work with Clinton, 66, is part of Sanders’ plan to stop a “major party candidate who makes bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign.”

During a live address on his Twitter page, Sanders elaborated on his feelings about Trump’s potential presidency and made it known that he will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening.

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the start of their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate in 2016.

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“The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly,” he said, not specifying how he will take down the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.”

Sanders met with Clinton on Tuesday, June 15, to discuss the former first lady’s plans for America if she were to assume the Oval Office after November’s election. She has yet to respond to Sanders’ tweet.

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Donald Trump addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015.

Despite his declaration of support, Sanders has not announced his exit from the presidential race. During Thursday’s live address, he assured his followers that he will have nearly 2,000 delegates by July when the Democratic National Convention takes place.

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“We must continue our grassroots efforts to create the America that we know we can become,” he stated. “And we must take that energy into the Democratic National Convention on July 25 in Philadelphia where we will have more than 1,900 delegates.” Clinton currently has 2,800 delegates.

On June 9, President Barack Obama officially endorsed Clinton as his pick for the 45th POTUS. “I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on making history as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” he said in a video. “I know how hard this job can be, that’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”

Obama, 54, also congratulated Sanders on his political efforts during his three-minute speech.

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“I had a great meeting with him this week. I thanked him for shining a spotlight on issues like economic inequality and the outsized influence of money in our politics and bringing young people into the process,” he noted. “Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders may have been rivals during this primary, but they’re both patriots who love this country, and they share a vision for the America that we all believe in.”

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