Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) faced reality on Wednesday and gave presidential rival Hillary Clinton his endorsement, though as MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel pointed out, “it wasn’t perfect.”
Rather than come right out and praise Clinton for a hard fought campaign, Sanders chose instead to focus on how he has shaped the party platform and forced Clinton’s campaign to the left, adding in a dig at the superdelegate system which he repeatedly said was “rigged.”
“Together we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution continues,” Sanders said, adding that his campaign won primaries and caucuses in 22 states and garnered 1,900 delegates. Clinton, by contrast, he said had “389 more pledged delegates, and a lot more superdelegates.”
Former Bush communications chief Nicolle Wallace was dumbfounded that Sanders focused more on himself than on Hillary. Even liberal Morning Joe economic analyst Steve Rattner said, “it wasn’t perfect.”
That’s an understatement. Sanders did his duty in the name of party unity—even though he isn’t technically a Democrat. But his endorsement of Clinton was so half-hearted that even the liberals on Morning Joe had to laugh.