Following a raucous day in which Bernie Sanders delegates shouted down Hillary Clinton supporters, Bernie Sanders on Tuesday reiterated his appeal to his loyalists to back Clinton, telling Democrats from California that “as the largest state in our country … you have an enormous responsibility” in the presidential election.
In brief remarks reflecting his Democratic National Convention speech the previous night, Sanders said, “Our immediate task, what we must do or forever look back in regret, is defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton.”
Sanders’ call for unity drew a mixed reaction at the California delegation breakfast, reflecting lingering unhappiness among Sanders supporters but less animosity than the previous day.
“It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under a Donald Trump presidency,” Sanders said. “Trump is the worst candidate for president in the modern history of this country.”
Sanders spent the final weeks of the primary campaign focusing heavily on California, holding dozens of rallies throughout the state in a losing effort.
“California, thank you very much for all the support you’ve given our campaign,” he said. “As the largest state in our country, as goes California, so goes America. So I know that you know that you have an enormous responsibility, and in many ways you are living up to that responsibility.”