http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/trump-panic-drives-progressives-toward-clinton-225667...at the annual Netroots Nation Conference this year...recognition of the need to join together to stop Donald Trump in November...

...“Of course I’m supporting Hillary,” said Ryan How, a Sanders supporter and English as a second language instructor at Gannon University in Pennsylvania who came with his partner to St. Louis. “What else can I do?”

The lingering bitterness among many activists, candidates and elected officials who backed Sanders wasn’t far from the surface. But in more than a dozen interviews, nearly all of these progressives mentioned the urgency of defeating Trump...

...“Trump is just so bad,” said Netroots Nation Executive Director Raven Brooks. “Everyone recognizes what a clear and present danger he is to the country...

...Progressive changes to the Democratic National Committee platform helped generate some goodwill toward the Clinton campaign, with many activists here pointing to Clinton’s leftward movement on everything from trade to higher education reform. Sanders on Friday said he’d create three new organizations to continue advocating for progressive issues and candidates who he supports.

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Clinton — who was booed at the conference in 2007, the only conference she has attended — offered another olive branch Saturday in her video: She committed to a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

“Bottom line is I believe I can work with Hillary Clinton, especially with the wide-awake movement that’s present,” said Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, one of the first elected officials to support Sanders...

...The shift from enthusiastically backing Sanders to supporting his rival, however, hasn’t been easy either for progressive leaders or grass-roots activists.

“The feeling is that everyone is going to vote for her,” said Jim Dean, chairman of Democracy for America...

...Dean, whose organization gave Sanders a massive boost when it endorsed him last December, said he’ll vote for Clinton come November and he hopes the rank-and-file members of DFA do as well — because of Trump....


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netroots_NationNetroots Nation is a political convention for American progressive political activists, originally organized by readers and writers of Daily Kos, a liberal political blog. It was previously called YearlyKos.