Donald Trump says the election was rigged against him.
Bernie Sanders says the same thing.
That’s why we need to make a clear distinction between them.
It’s not a binary choice.
Both are candidates who have made clear they are open to working with the other.
The real test of their willingness to work together is how much they are willing to fight for working families.
The answer, for Sanders, will be a resounding yes.
For Trump, a resolute no.
That is not a matter of preference, and it is not about whether he will be the nominee.
That will come down to the will of voters and the strength of his ability to win.
So the question for Trump is, can you really believe a guy who won the Republican nomination in the primary with only 37 percent of the vote, while you have 50 percent of voters saying he should be the GOP nominee?
Trump’s path to the nomination has been built on the presumption that he will win the nomination, and now he needs to demonstrate he is not just the Republican nominee, but the Democratic nominee as well.
If he can’t do that, he’s just going to fail.
For Sanders, the answer will be resounding no.
He knows that the Democratic base is not going to forgive him for what he did in the primaries and will fight to ensure he gets the nomination.
That includes not backing down in the general election.
Trump and Sanders both know that there will be more votes for them in November than for the other candidate.
And they both know the political reality is that if you have a candidate who cannot win the general, then you are going to have a serious problem in November.
So they will both try to do everything in their power to defeat each other in November, and the stakes will be high.
That makes the choice of who to vote for in November extremely important.
We are in a unique time right now in the United States.
There are four years left in the presidency.
There is a clear opportunity for the next president to make history, and that’s because we have a strong majority of Americans who believe in the future of our country and want a strong, progressive economy.
This election is about whether the United, the United First, will take on Donald Trump and elect a Democratic President and then work together to rebuild our country.
It is about the future and what the next four years are going for our country, and for the future generations.
Thank you very much, Donald.
[APPLAUSE] Thank you, Bernie. [LAUGHTER]