DFA praises Sanders “transformational” campaign, is “100% committed” to ensuring Biden beats Trump
Sen. Bernie Sanders just announced the suspension of his 2020 campaign for President.
Democracy for America endorsed Sanders in 2016 and fought along his side from early in the campaign all the way to the convention. The grassroots progressive group endorsed Sanders again prior to the Super Tuesday contests following a vote of DFA members.
Statement from Democracy for America Chair Charles Chamberlain on the suspension of Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign:
“Both in 2016 and in 2020, Bernie Sanders built a grassroots movement that brought millions into the political process, led a progressive transformation of the national policy debate, and ushered in the leadership of the next generation of progressive changemakers.
“Put simply, over the last five years, Bernie Sanders has fundamentally altered the range of what is politically possible in American politics and the progressive movement is stronger now than it has ever been because of it.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more clear than ever that our country needs the political revolution that Bernie Sanders has been calling for not just over his last two campaigns, but over his entire political life. While we’re disappointed today, we refuse to cave to the cynicism that remains the real enemy of progress.
"Specifically, we take heart in the fact that, in exit polls in state after state, from California to Mississippi, Democrats are unified behind the big, bold progressive agenda on issues, like Medicare for All, that fueled Bernie Sanders in this race.
“At the same time, Democratic voters, including many progressives, backed Joe Biden largely because they believed he was the candidate best positioned to defeat Donald Trump.
“While DFA members disagreed, Democratic voters have spoken clearly through this primary process and, now that it’s over, we are 100% committed to doing everything we can to ensure that Joe Biden beats Donald Trump.
“And, after Joe Biden's wins, as we will make sure he does, the progressive movement will push him every single day to be the progressive president America demands and our challenging times require.” — Charles Chamberlain, Chair, Democracy for America