“Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top 1%,” said Bernie Sanders in endorsing his former rival for the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. "She believes -- we all believe -- that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage," Sanders added, in response to Clinton's recent platform adjustment that now seeks a $15 minimum wage nationwide.
The about-face by Sanders, who called Clinton "one of the most intelligent people" he has ever met, comes months after he called Clinton unqualified to be president -- a statement he walked back some. The newly formed partnership between Clinton and Sanders to upend the incendiary candidacy of Donald Trump is another sign that in politics, nothing is forever. (See Hillary Clinton as a guest at Donald Trump's third wedding, for example.) The race was hard fought. Now Sanders concedes and endorses. The candidates unite in the belief that the GOP nominee would be a disaster for the country. The Trump campaign is playing the Sanders endorsement as political malfeasance, citing his former criticism:
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