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Clinton Applauds Bernie Sanders for Challenging Her

• May 23, 2016 3:17 pm

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Hillary Clinton thanked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and his supporters on Monday for challenging her over the course of the campaign trail.

Clinton publicly applauded Sanders and his fans for their political enthusiasm during her speech in front of the Service Employees International Union in Detroit. Her speech was more general election-themed than aimed towards the primary.

She prefaced this seeming olive branch with drawing on the audience's fear of a Donald Trump presidency.

"The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the Oval Office is all of us," she said.

She noted that the country was nearing the end of the primary, and she cited causes Sanders supports.

"We are coming to the end of the Democratic primaries," she said. "I applaud Sen. Sanders and his supporters for challenging us. We are going to get unaccountable money out of politics. We are going to take on the crisis of income inequality."

Clinton recently declared that, due to the math behind it, she will be the Democratic nominee. Speculation has come out about the Democratic primary with some calling it rigged towards Clinton. This resulted in frustration from supporters of Sanders that ended in ugly scenes of protest at the Nevada Democratic Convention.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on this frustration:

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the dispute between supporters of Sanders and Clinton began when a voice vote occurred to replace the convention’s temporary rules as permanent. Sanders’ supporters began to chant, "This is fixed!" and "No confidence!"

Sanders was also quoted saying that Clinton has jumped the gun when she says that she has already won the nomination.