Lincoln Chafee, the former senator and governor from Rhode Island who also ran in the 2016 Democratic presidential race, said on Wednesday that many Democrats are not going to vote for Hillary Clinton because they like her, but because they don't like Donald Trump.
While appearing on CNN, host Carol Costello asked Chafee what many Bernie Sanders supporters will do when Sanders is no longer an option.
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"But here's the thing, Sen. Sanders has convinced his supporters that the system is rigged. When he does decide to drop out, how can he now convince his supporters that he's lost fair and square?" Costello asked.
"Considering the foil that is Donald Trump, everybody I know that has supported Sen. Sanders is willingly, enthusiastically going to support Secretary Clinton," Chafee said.
"Really? Even young people?" Costello asked.
"Just because the stakes are so high. Absolutely. The stakes are so high and the Nader experience is still fresh in our minds that brought us George W. Bush and Dick Cheney," Chafee said. "We just can't have that again, and I think Donald Trump scares people more than even Dick Cheney.
"So, it's not so much as we love Hillary as we're really afraid of Donald Trump? For Democrats at least," Costello said.
"Yes, yes," Chafee said. "Yes and I think Sen. Sanders in time, as this plays out, as this process plays out is also going to be an enthusiastic supporter of Secretary Clinton, the Democratic, presumptive Democratic nominee."