We Asked Bernie Sanders Die-Hards, “Who Will You Vote for in November?”

“I’ll even vote for Trump before I vote for her. I’m so anti-Hillary.”


Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders booed the mention of Hillary Clinton’s name on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “Only you! Only you!” chanted some of his delegates during a speech by the onetime presidential hopeful, who pleaded for party unity. “Immediately, right now, we have got to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said in a special speech to delegates Monday afternoon, “and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”

In the streets, the atmosphere was no less restless and no less resistant to Clinton’s likely nomination. I wanted to know from Sanders’ most die-hard supporters who gathered around Marconi Plaza for a rally: If Sanders doesn’t get the nomination, how will you vote in November?

Those who responded ranged from voters who had, grudgingly and with a heavy sense of grief, swung their support behind Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, to others who said they would simply vote for Trump.

“We’re tired of being put in a corner,” said Gail Gouveia, from Massachusetts. Gouveia won’t vote for Clinton and remains undecided. “I was surprised the way people caved in,” she said, “and said they were going to vote for Hillary.”

“I am so anti-Hillary,” said LaShanda Parker, who entertained voting for Trump over Clinton. “Pick your poison. Do you want to get shot in the foot, or in the head?”

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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