Stephen Colbert Grills Bernie Sanders: ‘What Is It You Want?’
This was the week Bernie Sanders finally seemed to admit defeat in the Democratic presidential primary. “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee,” a downtrodden Sanders conceded in a little-watched C-SPAN interview on Wednesday. So when he booked a last-minute appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night, it seemed as though this might be the moment that he officially endorsed rival Hillary Clinton.
But alas, to his supporters’ delight and the Democratic Party’s displeasure, Sanders told Stephen Colbert on Thursday that his campaign is “absolutely” continuing on after tonight.
Sanders received a huge ovation and chants of “Bernie! Bernie!” when Colbert introduced him during the afternoon taping by saying that “as of 4:01 Eastern Time” he was “still a Democratic candidate for president of the United States.” Following the interview, but before the episode aired, Sanders was set to deliver a speech at New York City’s Town Hall titled “Where We Go From Here.”