Bernie Sanders makes a point on July 12, 2016 at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where he endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AFP photo)
US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has reiterated his support for rival, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, despite leaked emails that showed top officials at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) privately planned to undermine his presidential campaign.
“No, no, no,” Sanders said on Sunday when asked about whether the emails affect his support of Clinton, who is set to be formally declared the Democratic nominee on Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Sanders formally endorsed Clinton earlier this month, but he has not yet suspended his campaign.
“We are going to do everything we can to protect working families in this country. What a campaign is about is not about Hillary Clinton; it's not about Donald Trump. It's about the people of this country,” he said.
Sanders described Clinton as a “far, far superior candidate” to Republican presidential nominee Trump.
“We're going to focus on defeating the worst Republican candidate I've seen in a lifetime. We've got to elect Secretary Clinton,” he emphasized.
On Friday, WikiLeaks leaked thousands of emails which showed that the DNC and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had unduly backed Clinton during the party’s presidential primary.
The email exchanges between seven top DNC members were released point to an insider effort to undermine the presidential campaign of Sanders, including several stinging denunciations of him and his organization.
DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote in a May 21 email to communications director Luis Miranda about planting a narrative to the media that Sanders’s “campaign was a mess.”
Sanders turning out to be 'weak, pathetic'
Donald Trump speaks on the last day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP photo)
Following Sanders’s reiteration of support for Clinton, Trump called him a “weak” and “pathetic” person.
“There is no longer a Bernie Sanders 'political revolution.' He is turning out to be a weak and somewhat pathetic figure, wants it all to end!” Trump tweeted.
“Sorry folks, but Bernie Sanders is exhausted, just can't go on any longer. He is trying to dismiss the new e-mails and DNC disrespect. SAD!”
Throughout the primary campaign, Sanders said times and again that he will remain in the race until the party convention which will begin on July 25 (today).
However, he endorsed Clinton after facing mounting pressure from major Democratic figures, including Obama himself.