Al Sharpton Calls On Progressives to Support Biden: ‘Do Not Kill the Victory’ Against Trump

Al Sharpton Calls On Progressives to Support Biden: ‘Do Not Kill the Victory’ Against Trump

Reverend Al Sharpton has called on Progressives in the Democratic Party to support former Vice President Joe Biden’s bid for the White House. Sharpton spoke to MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday about former President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Biden.

“I think that it was very important in terms of signaling the unity,” Sharpton said. “I also think it was important that —  the context in which President Obama made his endorsement. He put it in the context of what we’re going through as a nation in the midst of this pandemic.”

“So it wasn’t like Joe Biden is my friend or Joe Biden was my vice president, but that we’re in the midst of a national emergency and we need this kind of mature, stabilizing leadership. He spoke to what most Americans will be voting about and looking toward what they will be voting for.”

“And that’s someone that can guide us through this. And if you have a campaign that says Joe Biden has been in the Situation Room when we’ve faced national crisis and when we faced the Ebola pandemic, he knows what to do.”

“And you put that and you jut a position that with jump who’s only been in the bargaining room of trying to sell his real estate or trying to deal with some other cut deals with people, I think that the American people will shift that way.”

“And I think when you look at what Bernie Sanders says, it’s important that those of us that call ourselves Progressive raise our points, yes, we want to see certain things represented in the platform.”

“But do not kill the victory. Do not dampen the ability to win and take out the most divisive and the most reactionary presidency we’ve seen in our lifetime by trying to just win on points.”

“Don’t play checkers, Democrats, play chess. That’s what Obama set the table for yesterday.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor