WASHINGTON (AP) – Bernie Sanders says Hillary Clinton must become the next president because she can take on issues like income inequality, climate change and student debt.
During his endorsement of Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Sanders said his campaign was about people who are “left out and left behind.” He says Clinton is prepared to fight to raise the minimum wage, create jobs, expand access to health care and address climate change.
Sanders also said Trump does not share those values. He said Trump would not hike the current minimum wage and would appoint Supreme Court justices that would threaten civil liberties and equal rights.
Sanders has avoided endorsing Clinton for weeks. But he said Tuesday that he was pleased by the updates to the official party platform made over the weekend, which he called the most progressive in history. He said he would work to make sure the party follows through.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s campaign says Bernie Sanders “is now officially part of a rigged system.”
Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller says in a statement released during Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton Tuesday that the Vermont senator is “endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-Wall Street, and pro-off-shoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party.”
He says, “The candidate who ran against special interests is endorsing the candidate who embodies special interests.”
Trump has also been taunting Sanders on Twitter, suggesting that he has sold out his supporters.
Trump’s campaign is trying to woo disgruntled Sanders supporters opposed to Clinton.