Months after most pundits declared Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination a lost cause, the insurgent finally endorsed his opponent, Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday. Many commentators were confused why it took so long, so Seth Meyers took A Closer Look at the situation.
Meyers first joked about Sanders’ endorsement itself, noting the drastic contrast between the two candidates’ personal styles: “Bernie wiping his brow like he just got out of a sauna, and Hillary nodding her head nervously like a Connecticut mom meeting her daughter’s biker boyfriend for the first time.”
Despite the impatience of the media and other politicians for Sanders to endorse Clinton already and be done with it, Meyers explained that Sanders was waiting in order to exercise his leverage on the Democratic policy platform. And it worked.
“Thanks to Bernie, the party’s platform now calls for a tax on carbon emissions and breaking up the big banks, while Hillary herself now supports expanding Medicare and making public college free for many families. And those are just the most high-profile issues,” Meyers said. “Bernie even managed to get into the Dem platform an obscure proposal called postal banking. Basically postal banking is an idea that would allow post offices to run savings accounts, cash checks, and other financial services for low-income people who don’t have access to those services, saving them more than $2,000 a year. That’s right, we can save post offices by turning them into banks. Which is great, because the only reason people go to post offices now is to catch Pokemon.”
Watch the clip below.