Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would work to defeat the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November, following a meeting with President Obama at the White House.
“Donald Trump would clearly to my mind, and I think the majority of Americans, be a disaster as president of the United States,” Sanders said. “It is unbelievable to me … and I say this with all sincerity, that the Republican Party would have candidate for president who in the year 2016 makes bigotry and discrimination the cornerstone of his campaign.”
“In my view, the American people will not vote for or tolerate a candidate who insults Mexicans and Latinos. Who insults Muslims. Who insults African Americans and women,” Sanders added.
While Sanders declined to drop out of the race, but said he would work to defeat Trump in the general election. “Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power, and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States,” Sanders said.
Sanders said he will be competing in Washington, D.C.’s Democratic primary next week, and he will argue for statehood for the federal district.
Following Hillary Clinton’s primary victories on Tuesday night, Sanders said he called Hillary Clinton to congratulate her on her “strong campaign” and said they would speak soon about “how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government that represents all of us and not just the one percent.