July 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Sanders formally endorses Clinton
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, election 2016, Democratic Party, gay news, Washington Blade

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Photos by Gino Santa Maria; courtesy Bigstock)

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday formally endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that,” said Sanders during a rally at a high school in Portsmouth, N.H., as Clinton stood next to him. “She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

Sanders also criticized presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over a host of issues, including potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court and whether they will defend “the rights of the LGBT community” and other minority groups.

“If you don’t believe this election is important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,” said Sanders.

Trump criticized Sanders before he took to the stage with Clinton.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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