The primary races for the 2016 US presidential election are over, but both Republicans and Democrats continue to struggle to unite their parties and coalesce around their official candidates.
On the right, Republicans are having a hard time supporting Donald Trump for a multitude of reasons. Lately, the main reason has been Trump's dispute with the parents of a dead Muslim American soldier.
In protest to Hillary's nomination, Sanders supporters stormed out of the Democratic National Convention, and other supporters staged a fart-in at the DNC. I didn't know that was a thing until they did it, but it just goes to show how difficult it is to bring Sanders supporters into the Democratic fold.
In his latest effort to persuade his followers to support Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times telling them why he supports her and why they, in supporting him, should support her too.
Unfortunately for Donald Trump, the essay is just as much about being for Hillary as it is about being against Trump.
But regardless of who Bernie is asking you to support, he made some great points about the notable differences between Trump and Hillary, so here are five of Bernie Sanders' best reasons to support Hillary; you can check out the full essay from the Vermont senator over at the Los Angeles Times.
1. Hillary will work to fix the cost and debt problems of higher education.
Clinton understands that in a competitive global economy we need the best-educated workforce in the world. She and I worked together on a proposal that will revolutionize higher education in America. It will guarantee that the children of any family in this country with an annual income of $125,000 a year or less – 83% of our population – will be able to go to a public college or university tuition free. This proposal also substantially reduces student debt.
2. Hillary accepts the science of climate change.
Clinton understands that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is one of the great environmental crises facing our planet. She knows that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move aggressively to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.
3. Hillary will work to get more people access to healthcare and lower its costs.
Clinton understands that this country must move toward universal healthcare. She wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their healthcare exchange, that anyone 55 or older should be able to opt in to Medicare, and that we must greatly improve primary healthcare through a major expansion of community health centers. She also wants to lower the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs.
4. Hillary will be able to appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court to help enact a progressive agenda.
Clinton understands that Citizens United has undermined our democracy. She will nominate justices who are prepared to overturn that Supreme Court decision, which made it possible for billionaires to buy elections. Her court appointees also would protect a woman's right to choose, workers' rights, the rights of the LGBT community, the needs of minorities and immigrants and the government's ability to protect the environment.
5. Hillary Clinton's policies will help working families.
On virtually every major issue facing this country and the needs of working families, Clinton's positions are far superior to Trump's. Our campaigns worked together to produce the most progressive platform in the history of American politics. Trump's campaign wrote one of the most reactionary documents.
Unfortunately, Bernie doesn't get into the nitty gritty explanations of how exactly Hillary will do all of this, but he seems to wholeheartedly believe this is all true.
Check out the full piece over the Los Angeles Times where Bernie gives more reasons to support Hillary and also breaks down Donald Trump's policies in more detail.
Sanders supporters, are you persuaded? Who do you plan to vote for in the presidential election, if you plan to vote at all? Let us know in the poll below and in the comments.