- REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders vowed on Tuesday night to continue his campaign, even as his rival, Hillary Clinton, claimed the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a speech that The New York Times notes “felt much like a valedictory,” the Vermont senator told his supporters he would continue his campaign to the final primary, in the District of Columbia, on June 14.
“You all know that it is more than Bernie – it is all of us together,” Sanders said.
Faced with delegate math that looks nearly impossible to overcome, Sanders campaign may soon be over. The White House said on Tuesday that Sanders will meet this week with President Barack Obama, who has already signaled that he is ready to begin campaigning for Clinton.
The Times also reported that Sanders is preparing to lay off about half of his campaign staff on Wednesday.
Sanders’ supporters shared their love for the candidate on Tuesday night, using the hashtag #ThankYouBernie:
#ThankYouBernie for proving that a true progressive agenda just needs to get a bit of media coverage to catch on like wildfire.
— Dr. Jill Stein???? (@DrJillStein) June 8, 2016
— kid mars???????? (@AaronCosby1) June 8, 2016
— Rishabh Sharma (@im_srishabh21) June 8, 2016
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) June 8, 2016
#ThankYouBernie for being a true public servant. Tireless, brave, humble. For giving a damn about people and what’s right, popular or not.
— Melissa Navia (@melissaCnavia) June 8, 2016
#ThankYouBernie for standing up 4 Muslims and Mexicans, for women’s rights, all people of color, all races, that we are all in this together
— Regina Marie (@regibaby67) June 8, 2016