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Bernie Sanders pushes supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump

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Presidential polls have started tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with third-party candidates like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein seeing a slight increase in their polling numbers. On Thursday night, Seth Meyers asked Clinton’s former Democratic primary opponent Bernie Sanders if he had any words for his supporters who were disillusioned with Clinton, and perhaps shifting to the third-party options as a result.

“We gotta get beyond personality,” Sanders said. “What I would ask those people who voted for me, even if you have concerns with Clinton — you don’t like this aspect? I understand that. But look at the hard issues that impact your lives and your neighbor’s lives, and then think whether or not you want Donald Trump to become president. I think if you frame it in that way, our people will end up voting for Clinton.”

Meyers then wanted to know if Sanders had any ideas for how the Democratic Party might be able to reach out to Trump supporters after the election.

“To be frank with you, I don’t think the Democratic Party has been anywhere as strong as it should be,” Sanders said. “It has got to stand up with the working people of this country who are hurting, have the guts to take on the billionaire class. These guys at Wells Fargo – what they did is an outrage. How many of them are gonna go to jail? But if you smoke marijuana in this country, you get a criminal record. That’s pretty crazy stuff.” 

Watch the clip below.