One of the largest progressive political groups to support Sen. Bernie Sanders, MoveOn.org, has posted a statement suggesting that it is time for Sanders to explore a graceful exit from the Democratic primary season noting that Hillary Clinton has secured the majority of pledged delegates.
“In the last year, Bernie Sanders has won 22 states, shattered fundraising records through small donor donations, and electrified millions of Americans with a bold, progressive vision for America. In short, Bernie’s campaign has revolutionized politics as we know it and in doing so brought in millions of new voters to the political process and the Democratic Party.
“Bernie Sanders has more than earned the right to figure out the next steps for this movement on his own timeline. And, the voters of DC, long disenfranchised, have the right to have their say in this process next Tuesday just as the millions of voters before them have had.
“MoveOn members believe, as we have long advocated, that the nomination should go to the winner of the majority of pledged delegates, and that undemocratic superdelegates should not overturn the will of the voters.
“The idea that our government should work for all people, not just corporations and billionaires, is not just the future of the Democratic Party; that is the here and now. The policies that Bernie has advanced should be included in the Democratic platform, and candidates up and down the ballot should campaign on them this fall. Poll after poll has shown that Bernie’s message is the best way to defeat Donald Trump in November.
“MoveOn members are proud to be a key part of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Nationwide, millions of MoveOn members are donating, volunteering, phone banking, and voting to bring Bernie’s inspiring, hopeful agenda to every American. Over the next few days, we will be listening to Sen. Sanders and MoveOn members, who have gone all in for Bernie, about our next steps.”
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Sanders’ one supporter in the U.S. Senate – Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon – has also gently suggested that it is time for Sanders’ to begin the process of uniting the party, saying, “We have our nominee.”