On Tuesday, #Bernie Sanders stood in unity with Hillary Clinton and endorsed his opponent in the 2016 presidential race. For those who have been die-hard Bernie or bust supporters, the moment was heartbreaking, devastating even. Now those who swore off #Hillary Clinton and vowed they would never vote for her are reeling as they try to figure out what to do next.
The thing is, Bernie may have endorsed Hillary but he has not conceded and is still very much in the race. With the Democratic National Convention coming up in less than two weeks, there are reports that Sanders' campaign workers are still contacting supporters and they are adamant that Bernie needs his delegates to get to Philadelphia for that convention.
#BernieorBust is not over
If Bernie Sanders was backing out and letting Hillary Clinton have the nomination, then why would his campaign be working so hard to make sure delegates are in Philadelphia on convention day? It seems that it wouldn't matter much if the nomination had already been determined.
With his endorsement, Bernie Sanders did end up getting much of his progressive platform listed as a major part the DNC's platform as well. Some of Bernie's most important goals, such as a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free college, made it onto the list of issues that Democrats are now going to support. That is a small win for the Bernie or bust movement but it is still far from over.
Due to the fact that Bernie Sanders still hasn't conceded and is still in the race, when it comes convention time, there is still a huge possibility that he could win the Democratic nomination.
What are the options for Bernie supporters now?
There are a few things that can still happen to appease those Bernie or bust voters who continue to refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton. When Bernie Sanders heads to the convention in Philadelphia, he can and most probably will ask for a roll call. There is still a possibility that he will win the Democratic nomination if more of his delegates than Hillary Clinton's simply show up.
If that doesn't work and the voices of the Bernie or bust crowd are not heard, then it becomes time for the bust option. That's where Bernie's supporters must decide what other options they have for their vote. Keep in mind that Bernie or bust means never Hillary.
There is always the option of voting for Jill Stein and the Green Party. In some cases, there is even the option of writing in Bernie Sanders. As it stands, Stein has even made it clear many times that she will happily step down as the Green Party's presumptive nominee and let Sanders lead the party to what could easily be a victory.
The bottom line is that there is still plenty of time between now and election day in November. With the Democratic National convention coming up in less than two weeks, many Bernie Sanders supporters are leaving the Democratic party now because of their anger over the Hillary Clinton endorsement but it would be wise to wait it out and see.