Bernie Sanders went stumping in California this past weekend, but he did not do it for former Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton, who Sanders has endorsed in the party. Sanders did not mention Clinton once by name, according to the Huffington Post's Paul Iorio.
Sanders appeared in San Francisco for California state Senate candidate Jane Kim, disparaging Donald Trump repeatedly and mentioning Kim, but making "no direct reference to Hillary," Iorio wrote Monday.
The reporter speculated three potential reasons for keeping Clinton's name out of his appearance:
- Clinton already has an insurmountable lead in California, and didn't need the stump support.
- Clinton's name might not have drawn a "big applause... among these lefties," Iorio wrote.
- "Perhaps there's still bad vibes between the two former rivals," he added.
Despite the non-mention of Clinton, Sanders did speak for Kim and against Trump, Iorio reported.
"Trump shows... you can be a multi-billionaire, you can have mansions all over the world, but if you... know how to use a corrupt system, you don't have to pay a nickel in federal income taxes," Sanders told cheering supporters at the San Francisco rally Saturday, per Iorio.
"When we stand together, and do not allow the Trumps of the world to try and divide us up."
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