With Hillary Clinton enthusiastically nodding and clapping by his side, Bernie Sanders appeared Tuesday at a high school in Portsmouth, NH, and finally offered what many Democrats have been waiting for: an endorsement, USA Today reports. "Secretary Clinton … will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States," he asserted, going on to "make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president." He detailed some of those bullet points (also on his website), including that Clinton is the best candidate to take on an "economy … that is rigged"; appoint Supreme Court justices who will fight for women, minorities, and the LGBT community; address mental health treatment and climate change; and work toward universal health care, among others.
Sanders also blasted Donald Trump for his vocal opposition to raising the minimum wage, his eagerness to "abolish the Affordable Care Act," and his decision to "reject science" on climate issues. He also addressed Trump's insults against "Mexicans, Muslims, women, African-Americans, and veterans," noting that Clinton "understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths." "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her today," he concluded, hugging Clinton before she took the podium to speak. Trump, meanwhile, wasn't as impressed with the endorsement, tweeting Tuesday that he was "surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters " and that Sanders, "who has lost most of his leverage, has totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton."