(FiveNation.com)- Despite being the runner-up for the second straight Democratic primary, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is still influencing his supporters to move the country further left.
On CNN on Sunday, Sanders suggested his supporters vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Then, once he’s in office, they should work to get him to move the country much further to the left.
As Sanders said Sunday night:
“We’re going to do everything that we can to elect Biden and — after he’s elected — move this country in as progressive a way as we possibly can.”
This includes Sanders lobbying for Biden to push forward his signature Medicare for All plan. He also plans to tout some of his other very progressive plans.
Biden has long targeted Sanders supporters to try to get them to vote for him. This is something Hillary Clinton was not able to do in the 2016 presidential election, and it hurt her dearly at the polls.
Progressives were hoping Biden would pick another progressive to be his running mate. But according to some Sanders supporters, that didn’t happen when he chose California Senator Kamala Harris.
Briahna Joy Gray, the former national press secretary for Sanders, said choosing Harris shows the Democratic Party’s “contempt for the base.”
Others, though, say Harris is very liberal. Jon Favreau, who was a former speechwriter for Barack Obama, said Harris has “one of the most liberal records in the U.S. Senate.”
Harris herself claims she is a “progressive Democrat.”
Some of her progressive platforms are a gun confiscation program she would like to enact that would be initiated through buyback programs. She was a co-sponsor on a bill with one of the most extreme left-wing Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That bill sought to combat “environmental racism,” which in a way could be the backbone for the much-talked-about Green New Deal.
For his part, Biden said he wants to have “the most progressive administration since FDR.”
Back in May, after Sanders announced he was halting his campaign for president, he and Biden said they would be creating joint “unity” task forces that would help to shape the Party’s agenda for 2020.
They were bringing together 48 labor leaders, lawmakers, academics, activists and economists to help shape what the platform for the Democratic Party should be. The group was broken down into committees that took a look at criminal justice reform, climate change, immigration, health care, the economy and education.
In a statement when the task forces were announced, Biden said:
“From health care to reforming our justice system to rebuilding a more inclusive and fair economy, the work of the task forces will be essential in identifying ways to build on our progress and not simply turn the clock back to a time before Donald Trump, but transform our country.”
Progressives celebrated the move then, as it gave a direct line of communication to Sanders and his supporters. Now, Sanders is hoping to continue that line of communication through the election and into Biden’s administration, if he wins.