Democracy for America,
one of the leading progressive organizations with more than a million members, announced it has joined Sen. Bernie Sanders in endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
"Our members voted overwhelming to endorse Bernie Sanders and then threw everything they could into his race, because they knew the stakes of this election," Democracy for America (DFA) said in a statement. "We're [now] backing Hillary Clinton in the race for President because she gives our country the opportunity to smash one of its last great glass ceilings and will be the partner we need in the White House to realize the agenda that Bernie Sanders' political revolution fought for in the primaries — from tuition-free college to Social Security expansion."
DFA also explained that it is of the upmost importance to defeat presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, because he "won't just cement the corrosive trends of income inequality, structural racism, and out-of-control money in politics into the national agenda, he'll double down on them and add a little unrepentant bigotry on the side."
The group also acknowledged that it won't agree with every decision Clinton makes and vowed that "when our members think she's wrong, we won't shy away from making sure their voices are heard."
DFA endorsed Sanders for president after he received 87.9 percent of the more than 271,000 votes cast in a vote in December, which was the first time the organization had endorsed someone in a presidential primary since the Political Action Committee was founded in 2004.
DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain told ABC News
that "Sanders understands the movement he is leading, and he knows that he needs to make sure that our people are going to show up to the polls in November."
In explaining why he thought Sanders' refusal not to bow out even weeks after Clinton became the party's presumptive nominee was necessary, Chamberlain said that the senator had to "have the time to work with the Clintons to get the party platform changes that we [needed] and heal from the primary before we just [flipped] a switch."
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