To all my progressive friends who are pledging never to vote for Biden, I want to say that I understand your disappointment. I voted for Bernie, too. He is a true political lightning rod who gave progressive voters a candidate to believe in. He genuinely cares about this country and successfully forged a political revolution to challenge the status quo.
Though seeing Bernie exit the race is a gut punch, I want you to remember how you felt on November 8, 2016, when Trump was elected. I want you to recall the pain you experienced when the man who openly brags about sexually assaulting women implemented a Muslim travel ban, put kids at the border in cages, pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, banned transgender soldiers from the military and almost sparked a nuclear war with North Korea. I think you know where I'm going with this...
If you want that man out of the White House, you have no other option than to vote for Biden. No matter how compelling a think piece is on the power of abstention, writing in Bernie or staying home on election day is unequivocally a vote for Trump. To say that Biden is just as bad or worse than Trump is nonsensical. Biden may stumble in speech at times, but he is, at the very least, far closer to progressive causes than Trump will ever be. Biden may not be Bernie, but he is still advocating for similar policies like a public option to health care, free community college, tuition-free public colleges and universities for all students whose family incomes are below $125,000, and ensuring the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy by 2050. These policies may not be everything you want, but you can be damn sure that you won't get anything close to what you want with Trump in office. Also, keep in mind that Bernie will still be a senator from Vermont with massive political clout. He will have a much easier time swaying America's political agenda with a Democratic president in office than a Republican one.
On election day 2020, please remember how you felt four years prior and vote Democrat. You might feel like you're biting the bullet now, but you can rest easy knowing that Bernie's revolution will undoubtedly spur likeminded figureheads to rise up and champion his causes for generations to come.