New Delhi: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the position of the President of United States (POTUS) — it was a moment millenials and liberals who supported Sanders’ revolution for almost a year had dreaded. With Sanders’ official endorsement, it was expected that the people who had voted for Sanders would automatically warm up to the notion of a Clinton presidency. But statistics do not yield to this theory.
Lesser of two evils: That is the primary thought prevalent on social media sites where readers discuss whether they would vote for Hillary Clinton or throw their conscience to the wind and vote for Donald Trump. Albeit Hillary Clinton was recently cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in private Email server case despite highlighting that the secretary had been “extremely negligent”, the mistrust which has been synonymous with her name has not been replaced.
In an interview following his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders told his supporters who felt betrayed that it was imperative, whether or not he secured the nomination, that a Donald Trump presidency would be detrimental to the political situation of the United States. If Bernie Sanders, a rigid liberal socialist with a revolutionary perception of American politics, could concede to Hillary Clinton for fear of derailing the Democratic presidential campaign, his followers might soon concede to the same notion too, but with their own reservations.
Amidst rumours about Sanders supporters vouching for Green Party’s nominee Jill Stein, it is undeniable that the billowing fog over the US election has been temporarily lifted. Some of Sanders policies, which he wanted to be implemented, have been taken into due consideration in the Democratic platform. And Hillary Clinton, who professed in a debate that a tuition-free college would be nearly impossible, has familiarised herself with the thought, as she would familiarise herself eventually with the political revolution imminent in the United States.
Indian economist Amartya Sen said in an interview that although Sanders’ 99% rhetoric had an ideological glitch – that it was wrong to subject the 1% to scrutiny without ameliorating the situation of the middle class – he has proclaimed that Sanders has raised some interesting questions.
As United States braces itself for a President who could either be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, Sanders supporters are left in a lurch — they have been deprived of a revolution.