#BernieOrBust: Sanders Fans Debate Whether to Vote for Clinton If She is Democratic Nominee

May 06, 2016


Mike McGinn

former mayor of Seattle, serving from 2010 to 2013. He is also a former lawyer, Sierra Club state chair, neighborhood activist and founder of the sustainability nonprofit Great City. He hosts a podcast on social change called You, Me, Us, Now.

Kshama Sawant

Socialist city councilmember in Seattle. Sawant helped win a $15/hour minimum wage for all workers in Seattle. She is a member of Socialist Alternative, a nationwide organization of social and economic justice activists.

As Democratic challengers Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton press on in the Democratic primary, Sanders trails in the pledged delegate count by more than 300. Add in superdelegates, and Clinton is just under 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the nomination. Even as Sanders maintains his commitment to stay in the race, voters looking for political revolution are facing the question of whether or not to support his rival Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president. We host a debate between Kshama Sawant, Socialist city councilmember in Seattle and member of Socialist Alternative, who is a Sanders supporter and says she will not support Clinton; and Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle from 2010 to 2013, who hosts a podcast on social change called "You, Me, Us, Now." He is a Bernie Sanders supporter, but will back Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee.


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AMY GOODMAN: We’re the road at Bellevue College near Seattle, Washington. With the departure of Senator Ted Cruz and John Kasich, Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Meanwhile, Democratic challengers Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are pressing on to next week’s West Virginia primary. Despite Sanders’ recent win in Indiana, he trails Clinton in the pledged delegate count by more than 300. Add in superdelegates, and Clinton is just under 200 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the nomination. But neither Sanders nor his supporters seem ready to concede. At a news conference Sunday, Sanders appealed to the Democratic Party’s superdelegates.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14th with pledged delegates alone. She will need superdelegates to take her over the top at the convention in Philadelphia. In other words, the convention will be a contested contest. ... We believe that we are in a very strong position to win many of these remaining contests, and we have an excellent chance to win in California, the state with far and away the most delegates. ...

Where Secretary Clinton and I strongly agree, and where every delegate to the Democratic convention strongly agrees, is that it would be a disaster for this country if Donald Trump or some other right-wing Republican were to become president of the United States. Therefore, in my view, it is incumbent upon every superdelegate to take a hard and objective look at which candidate stands the better chance of defeating Donald Trump and other Republican candidates. And in that regard, I think the evidence is extremely clear that I would be the stronger candidate to defeat Trump or any other Republican.

AMY GOODMAN: Today we’re going to take a look at the new movement called "Bernie or Bust." A recent McClatchy-Marist poll found one out of four Sanders supporters say they would not back Clinton in a general election. About 70 percent say they would support her. Speaking last week at a victory rally after winning primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, Hillary Clinton appealed to Sanders’ supporters.

HILLARY CLINTON: Because whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there is much more that unites us than divides us. We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high, that Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street, and we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it. We Democrats agree that college should be affordable to all, and student debt shouldn’t hold anyone back. We Democrats agree that every single American should and must have quality, affordable healthcare. We agree that our next president must keep our country safe, keep our troops out of another costly ground war in the Middle East. And we Democrats agree that climate change is an urgent threat, and it requires an aggressive response that can make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. And we Democrats agree on defending all of our rights—civil rights and voting rights, workers’ rights and women’s rights, LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities.

AMY GOODMAN: The division among Democrats who support Bernie Sanders versus Hillary Clinton recalls the 2008 presidential campaign and the staunch Clinton supporters who joined together under the acronym PUMAs, or Party Unity My Ass, they said, vowing never to back her then-rival Barack Obama.

Well, for more, we’re joined by two guests. Mike McGinn is the former mayor of Seattle, serving from 2010 to ’13. He hosts a podcast on social change called You, Me, Us, Now. He is a Bernie Sanders supporter, but will support Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee. Kshama Sawant is a Socialist city councilmember in Seattle, member of the Socialist Alternative, a nationwide organization of social and economic justice activists. She also is a Bernie Sanders supporter, who says she will not support Clinton.

We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Kshama Sawant, let us begin with you, because you really started this whole Bernie or Bust campaign. Explain what it is.

KSHAMA SAWANT: So, I just wanted to clarify: Myself and Socialist Alternative, we did not launch the "Bernie or Bust" campaign. We launched what was called Movement4Bernie, website. But we are very much in sympathy with the sentiments that have been expressed by the people who have initiated Bernie or Bust, which is that it’s really kind of a bankrupt strategy to say that all the people, the millions of young people who have been politicized, you know, for the first time in their lives because of Sanders’s message of a political revolution against the billionaire class, should now all hunker down and support Clinton. And, you know, I think the analysis that we need to have really has to flow from some essential points. One is, this is a historic movement—moment, and a historic movement, really, since the Occupy movement. What we are seeing is a tremendous fundamental shift in American consciousness, and that is an anger against corporate politics and a desire to fight against the establishment.

On the other hand, you’re also seeing the ascendancy of Trump, which is, I think, on everybody’s mind—the rise of this right-wing ideology, Islamophobia, bigotry. And I absolutely find it terrifying. But my problem is that if we are looking for a real strategy to break working people away from Trump, then what we have to do is present a real alternative. And Sanders is right, Bernie is right: In poll after poll, repeatedly and systematically, he has done remarkably well in terms of the fact that if he was to be the Democratic candidate, he would deliver a thumping defeat to Trump. Why is the Democratic Party establishment not doing everything in their power to promote his campaign? That’s the question that people should be asking. And that’s why I would say, as a Socialist, that we need an independent party for the 99 percent. And a fantastic way to begin that process would be for Bernie to run as an independent throughout November.

AMY GOODMAN: Have you talked to him about this?

KSHAMA SAWANT: I have talked to him personally, yes. And I think that at this moment, as we all know, he has said that he will—he has indicated that he will probably endorse Clinton. And Clinton herself is, you know, understandably, talking about how his supporters need to support her.

But I would challenge this idea that all the supporters that were behind her, you know, supporting Obama, that’s the same thing as Bernie supporters supporting Hillary this year. I don’t think it’s fundamentally the same situation at all. Bernie is calling for a political revolution against the billionaire class; Hillary is the epitome of the political establishment that has promoted the interests of the billionaire class to the detriment of the interests of working people. Bernie is calling for single-payer healthcare; Clinton is the woman who said, "Well, you can’t do single-payer healthcare." And she is being honest. That’s a rare moment of honesty for her, because on the basis of supporting her and the establishment, no, you cannot win single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately, though, for us, on the basis of supporting her and the Democratic establishment, you can’t defeat the right, either.

AMY GOODMAN: Mike McGinn, you are a die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter, but you feel differently if it was Hillary Clinton who would be the nominee: You would support her.

MICHAEL McGINN: Yes, that’s right. And I’m definitely an early Bernie Sanders supporter and, I would say, a die-hard one. I’m not a die-hard Democrat, by any means. And that’s one of the reasons I supported Bernie. In fact, I believe I endorsed Kshama in her re-election campaign just this past year here in Seattle. But the reason is, is that I look at the differences between Clinton and Trump, and what a disaster Trump would be. And I want to see—I look back on the election where—you know, I remember us thinking then that Al Gore, he was just too corporate, and he was just too Washington. And as I look at the lack of progress under Bush, all of the mistakes that happened under Bush, you know, I would have liked to have Gore.

And one of the things I would say to Sanders’ supporters is that the presidential race, it’s not the game, it’s just the scoreboard. And this is a high watermark right now for, you know, the movement that Kshama stands for and many of the things that I believe in, in that we need to return power to working people and address racism and get really serious about climate change. And that energy can move to a lot of other places besides this election. And clearly, the differences between Clinton and Trump lead me to support Clinton in this election.

AMY GOODMAN: What is most distinct for you in the differences between Clinton and Trump?

MICHAEL McGINN: I mean, to quote Sherman Alexie, you know, the dog whistle became an air horn on racism in the Republican Party. And I just find that absolutely horrifying. You know, I look at our city and how wonderfully diverse it is and how we’re struggling to work together to address problems—and there are big divisions. I just look at a Trump presidency as being so divisive and wrong for this country. And, you know, Hillary Clinton clearly has shifted positions over the years. But a powerful movement, I believe, can lead and push her to the places where we’d like to see the country go.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to break, then come back to this discussion. We are talking to Mike McGinn, who’s the former mayor of Seattle, and Kshama Sawant, who is a Socialist city councilmember here in Seattle, Washington. This is Democracy Now! We’ll begin—we’ll come back to this discussion about Bernie or Bust in a moment.


AMY GOODMAN: Sole, "Capitalism," here on Democracy Now!,, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We’re on our 100-city tour. Today we are in, well, Bellevue College, we’re broadcasting from. I’ll be speaking at Seattle Town Hall tonight. Then we’re moving on tomorrow to Mount Vernon. On Sunday, we’ll be in Eugene, Oregon, in the afternoon and in Portland, Oregon, in the evening. And then we’re on to Minneapolis on Monday, Cambridge on Tuesday, back home in New York on Wednesday. We urge you folks to keep listening and watching Democracy Now! as we discuss the presidential election.

In February, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump came under criticism for wavering on whether or not he wants the support of the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. He was speaking on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper. Trump refused to disavow Duke’s support or the support of other white supremacists.

DONALD TRUMP: Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know—did he endorse me, or what’s going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so, when you’re asking me a question, that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.

JAKE TAPPER: But I guess the question from the Anti-Defamation League is—even if you don’t know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you. Would you just say, unequivocally, you condemn them, and you don’t want their support?

DONALD TRUMP: Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them, and certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong.

JAKE TAPPER: The Ku Klux Klan?

DONALD TRUMP: But you may have groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups, and I’ll let you know.

JAKE TAPPER: OK, I mean, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but...

DONALD TRUMP: I don’t know any—honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him.

AMY GOODMAN: That is Donald Trump being challenged by Jake Tapper on CNN, whether he would unequivocally disavow support from David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan. Our guests are the former mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, a Bernie Sanders supporter, who, though, if the nominee were Hillary Clinton, will support her. We’re also joined by Kshama Sawant, who is a Socialist city councilmember here in Seattle. She supports the Bernie or Bust campaign. So, here you have the Republican front-runner, the presumptive nominee, Kshama Sawant, who can’t quite get himself to say he wouldn’t accept the support of a Klan leader.

KSHAMA SAWANT: This is absolutely horrifying, the idea that a right-wing, misogynist, racist, bigot, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic multibillionaire could gain any traction in the minds of regular people. And what I find about this remarkable is not only that it is stomach-turning, but it is also really terrifying in the potential it might hold, not just for Trump ascending in any given way—I don’t think he’s going to win; I think, you know, statistically speaking, I think Clinton is likely to win—but what’s scary about this, I think, is what—most scary is the fact that any space for this kind of right-wing, hateful agenda that is given in politics, in the political discussion and discourse, what it means is that there is a potential for building an ongoing base for right-wing ideology, and that’s what scares me the most.

In fact, history is a guide. If you look at what happened with the tea party ascending in 2010, the reason they made such gains is not because America is turning right-wing. The mass of America is not right-wing. The mass of America is actually well to the left of U.S. Congress and well to the left of the Clinton-dominated Democratic establishment. What has happened, though—and that’s what the tea party’s ascendancy shows—is that people are angry at the establishment, angry at the bailout of the bankers, the very bankers who almost completely destroyed the economy, and working people losing day after day. And people are looking for—you know, grasping for a way to fight back.

And Bernie Sanders’s campaign, the fact that tens of millions of people have rallied around his message for a political revolution, this is absolutely historic. Some of the speeches Bernie has made are probably the most radical on mainstream television since MLK gave his Riverside speech, you know, many years ago, decades ago. And so—

AMY GOODMAN: Speaking out against the war in Vietnam.

KSHAMA SAWANT: Against the war, against the war in Vietnam, you know, the speech that really transformed politically and radicalized an entire generation at that time. We’re seeing a similar phenomenon, where an entire generation of working people, and young people especially, teenagers, who are getting politically transformed and radicalized.

And it’s not just Bernie. Bernie is—you know, his campaign’s real—the echo he has received is a sign that we are at a historic moment. And that is why I would say that for people who are scared of Trump—and I am one of them—I think we have to think intelligently about this. And supporting the very establishment that allowed a space to be created for the right wing is like saying you’re going to double down on a strategy that has failed in the past. I mean, you know, Mike said—made a very good point. He did support my campaign, as a Socialist, but I was running as a Socialist Alternative candidate in 2013 and 2015, both campaigns that we won, as a challenge in defiance of the Democratic Party establishment that controls this city. Look at what happened in the state of Washington. All the superdelegates in the state of Washington are doubling down behind Hillary. But what happened in the primaries? You know? Every county in the state of Washington went to Bernie Sanders in huge numbers.

AMY GOODMAN: So why are these superdelegates going for Clinton?

KSHAMA SAWANT: That really captures the character of the Democratic Party establishment. The bulk of the establishment, you look at the senators, the congressmembers, superdelegates, all of whom are all on the side of Clinton, virtually all of them; virtually none of them, very few of them, on the side of Bernie. That shows you that the party, the Democratic Party, is out of touch with the base of tens of millions of people who are looking for a shift away from corporate politics.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, Mike McGinn, you support Bernie Sanders, but you’ll support Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination. Does that concern you, this utter alienation from the majority of people in your state who supported Bernie Sanders in the poll here, in the caucus here?

MICHAEL McGINN: It does—excuse me—it does concern me quite a bit, and that’s one of the reasons I’m a supporter of Sanders. And I was really looking for a word that I could disagree with, with what Kshama was saying. The alienation of regular voters and regular people from the Democratic Party is a huge problem, and this—this election has really exposed it. In fact, the amount of success that Sanders has is absolutely astounding. And it’s only going to become more and more as the years progress, if you look at the demographics of who his supporters are.

But again, that energy can be used in so many different places to elect local elected officials, to push for changes, you know, in state houses, as well, and to bring pressure to bear on Congress and a new president. And that’s why I’m going to repeat what I said earlier, which is that the presidential election isn’t the game, it’s just the scorecard. And this is a high watermark, and this is indeed an historic moment. I was—as a young man, I was working for a U.S. congressman in the Reagan era. And this is—it really feels like it’s changing. And I can also say, as an elected official who was not the darling of the Democratic establishment in the city of Seattle—you know, anybody who follows us knows that, because I was pushing really hard for change—I needed the people behind me to make change happen.

AMY GOODMAN: Explain how you won. You beat an incumbent.

MICHAEL McGINN: I beat an incumbent. I raised questions about a megaproject, a major boondoggle, which was supported by the Chamber and all the powerful interests. And I did beat an incumbent and win. I did not get much support from Democratic elected leaders, but I got support from voters because of my platform. But in office, I needed that pressure from the public in order to go where I wanted to go and to accomplish the things I wanted to accomplish. So does Kshama, and so will any elected official. So, it’s the movement that matters, ultimately, more than the elected officials. So I am 100 percent with Kshama that this movement has to continue against inequality and racism and our anti—the anti-immigrant stuff that we’re seeing from Trump.

But I would say to Sanders’ supporters that the most movement here will be in ensuring we have a Democrat who might listen to us, than having a Republican who we can be assured won’t, but take that energy to the state and local elections, take it to the ballot, which has been—seen great successes here in Seattle, which is the thread of the public voting directly. And I don’t think this is the high watermark. I don’t think the Sanders campaign is the high watermark. It’s the sign of an advancing tide. And we’re going to continue to see change into the future, changes that the Democratic Party will have to respond to or become irrelevant.

AMY GOODMAN: Last month, ahead of the New York primary, I went to cover a Bernie Sanders rally in the South Bronx. Thousands turned out for it. And afterwards, I spoke to Rosario Dawson, who had been one of those who introduced him, and I asked her about Sanders’ path to victory.

ROSARIO DAWSON: This is it. You know, I’m seeing a lot of people already going and starting to, you know, talk to their superdelegates and talk to these different people and going, "Hey, like, this is not OK." You know, this is what happened. What happened was, Hillary lost in 2008 because of her Iraq War vote, and she lost because a lot of election politics that went on that left a really sour taste in people’s mouths. And she lost because of the delegates. And so, rather than go, "Let’s take that out of the system," she just started to work for it and started to get them on her side. And she started, before the primaries, having over like 400 delegates pledged to her. That is not OK.

AMY GOODMAN: So, that was Rosario Dawson. And a few weeks ago, actress Susan Sarandon caused a bit of controversy when she appeared on MSNBC with Chris Hayes and she talked about Donald Trump perhaps being a better option than Hillary Clinton—though she says she was misinterpreted. This is Chris Hayes speaking with Susan Sarandon.

CHRIS HAYES: Isn’t the question always in an election about choices? Right? I mean, I think a lot of people think to themselves, "Well, if it’s Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton..." And I think Bernie Sanders probably would think this, that—

SUSAN SARANDON: I think Bernie would probably encourage people, because he doesn’t have any ego in this thing. But I think a lot of people are, "Sorry, I just can’t bring myself to do that."

CHRIS HAYES: How about you, personally?

SUSAN SARANDON: I don’t know. I’m going to see what happens.



CHRIS HAYES: I cannot believe that as you’re watching the rise of Donald Trump as an entity—

SUSAN SARANDON: Well, you know, some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately. If he gets in, then things will really, you know, explode.

CHRIS HAYES: Oh, you’re saying the Leninist model of "heighten the contradictions"?

SUSAN SARANDON: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Some people feel that.

CHRIS HAYES: I think that’s—don’t you think that’s dangerous?

SUSAN SARANDON: I think that what’s going on now—if you think that it’s pragmatic to shore up the status quo right now, then you’re not in touch with the status quo. The status quo is not working, and I think it’s dangerous to think that we can continue the way we are, with a militarized police force, with privatized prisons, with the death penalty, with a low minimum wage, with threats to women’s rights, and think that you can’t do something huge to turn that around.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Susan Sarandon, a major Bernie Sanders supporter, speaking on MSNBC. Talk about this whole approach, Kshama.

KSHAMA SAWANT: Well, first of all, I think we have to be very, very clear: It would actually be dangerous and completely toxic for Trump, someone like Trump, to be the head of this country, for us to have any version of a just society, of a humane society. I think that is—the idea of having Trump in the White House is completely antagonistic to the idea of building anywhere towards a just society.

But I think the problem here is this. The problem is that the base of support that Trump has succeeded in getting, that base is regular working people who are angry at corporate politics, who are angry at the trade deals, who are angry at the fact that they are facing joblessness and low-wage jobs and that the billionaires got bailed out. And it’s an irony that another billionaire is the one who is trying to, you know, drive them towards the—towards a right-wing ideology. But I think what’s happening here is that—again, as you look at the example of the tea party, is that the logical fallacy of merely presenting Clinton as the alternative to Trump—here’s the logical fallacy: Despite a reservoir of racism and real bigotry that Trump is, you know, latching onto, the vast majority of people who are supporting him are supporting him because they hate establishment politicians like Clinton. So it makes no logical sense for us to then turn around and say that the way to peel off all those working people who are supporting Trump is to present the very epitome of that establishment that they are so angry about.

AMY GOODMAN: So you’re saying both Trump and Bernie Sanders represent the anti-establishment?

KSHAMA SAWANT: I think Trump, not intentionally, I mean, in a very cynical way, yes, in the sense that the vast majority of people who are drawn towards Sanders or towards Trump are people are angry at the establishment. And really, what—if we fear the fact that Trump is experiencing a rise—and I fear that as much as anyone else does—then what we need to do is provide a left alternative to Trump. And Sanders is that alternative.

AMY GOODMAN: What do you see is his path to the presidency, Sanders?

KSHAMA SAWANT: Well, right now, I think there is—the media pundits are right about one thing, which is, if you look at the numbers in terms of getting the Democratic Party nomination, I don’t think that is likely to happen. And so, the question is: How do we move forward? I do agree with Michael that it is not just about this presidential election year. But then, we have to think about: What is the correct way to move our movement forward? Where do we take our movement from this moment that we are here, where Sanders is unlikely to win the presidential nomination? Does it make sense for us to simply say that, "Well, now we should all hunker down and support Clinton"?

What I am saying is that in order to build a real movement, first of all, we have to understand that there are no shortcuts. Just supporting one presidential candidate is not the answer. And I would go so far as to say that even if Bernie Sanders were, in some alternate reality, to become the president this year, that would not be enough. We would have to actually build a real mass movement below. But the question is: What makes sense for this movement that we are trying to build in terms of where—what strategy we use for the presidential election? And that is where I’m differing from people who are saying that if you’re worried about Trump, support Clinton.

AMY GOODMAN: So, who would you—

KSHAMA SAWANT: What I’m saying: If you’re worried about Trump, let’s build a left alternative. And the first step is for Bernie to run all the way, if—as an independent, if necessary.

AMY GOODMAN: And if he doesn’t run?

KSHAMA SAWANT: If he doesn’t run, we have to—

AMY GOODMAN: As an independent, if—

KSHAMA SAWANT: We have to—yeah, I mean, this is not about Bernie.

AMY GOODMAN: Who would you vote for?

KSHAMA SAWANT: Well, I will vote for, if—I will vote for the most viable, most powerful left challenge to the Democratic and Republican party establishments.

AMY GOODMAN: Like who?

KSHAMA SAWANT: And so, if that is Jill Stein from the Green Party, then that’s who I will be supporting. But at this moment, my concern is: Can we build a really powerful left challenge? And if there was any possibility of Sanders and Stein running together on a Green Party ticket, let me tell you something: That would be absolutely historic, and I would wholeheartedly support that.


MICHAEL McGINN: So my approach on primaries is always, in the primary, you pick the candidate you love and you really want to advance, and in the general, you just have to pick between who you think you like better. And that’s kind of the way the process works. And then you have to take that energy and try to get that next person to win a primary and come out of it. You want to get the people you love into positions that they can win. And that takes a lot of work between elections.

Again, I reflect back on the Gore-Bush race. And we were all skeptical. Many people were skeptical of Gore, that he was too tied to the establishment. And I remember back then, you know, how uncomfortable it was to defend him against an attack from the left, from Nader, that he was too tied to the big money and the status quo way of doing things. But I look at the Iraq War, I look at the lack of progress on climate. I think Al Gore would have had some convictions that we could have benefited from, as compared to Bush. And that would be my fear here. You know, I believe Hillary Clinton has some convictions that we could benefit from. And I think Trump has some convictions that scare the hell out of us.

AMY GOODMAN: As a Bernie Sanders supporter, what advice do you have for Hillary Clinton?

MICHAEL McGINN: I think she needs to listen to the fact that the—that young people, in particular, are just fed up and disgusted with a system that’s leaving them with so few choices, that lower-class, you know, working-class people are getting hammered. We have a looming climate crisis. It’s time for some boldness. It’s time to listen to the voices of the people that are really getting it hard right now, and listen to the kids who are going to have to grow up in this future we’ve created. Listen to them and change—and go there. Go towards the future, not towards protecting what’s been, but where we need to go.

AMY GOODMAN: Bernie Sanders says he would support Hillary Clinton if she were the nominee. You disagree with your own candidate, Kshama Sawant?

KSHAMA SAWANT: I disagree with Bernie on several things. And this is—

AMY GOODMAN: We have 20 seconds.

KSHAMA SAWANT: —one of those things I disagree on. I mean, Mike mentioned the question of climate change and convictions to fight Big Oil. But where is the conviction on the part of Hillary Clinton? She has defended the fracking industry over and over again, and she has doubled down on that. So if we are really looking to fight climate change, we need a strategy to break away from Big Oil. That is why we need to start building an independent party for the 99 percent. So I would urge everybody to go to, where I have my petition there urging Sanders to run as an independent. And if he does not, then we have to continue building our movement for independence from the Democratic Party establishment and from the Republican Party.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to have to leave it there, and I want to thank you both for being with us, Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, and Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Seattle city councilmember. We are broadcasting from Seattle, Washington.

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