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Democrats need to unite behind their nominee, whoever he may be

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On March 26, as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to normal "pretty quickly", the United States overtook China as the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. It was also revealed that a whopping 3.3 million Americans were laid off because of the pandemic.

The Trump administration's ineptitude in dealing with this unprecedented crisis demonstrates why every single Democrat and progressive in the US now needs to focus on pushing for a leadership that has the ability and will to protect the health and economic security of the American people.

Right now, this means getting the Democratic nominee, whoever he may be, elected in the 2020 presidential election. We must not repeat the mistakes of 2016.

As I watched Trump call the coronavirus pandemic "a hoax", foment racist divisions by branding it the "Chinese virus", and tell people it might just disappear, I could not help but wonder what Hillary Clinton would have done to address this crisis if she had been our president now.

She would have been making decisions based on science and facts, and working with our nation's international partners to try and take the pandemic under control - actions that would have saved thousands of American lives and livelihoods.

In the 2016 democratic primary, I volunteered and voted for Bernie Sanders. But when Hilary Clinton became the nominee, I voted for her in the presidential election without much hesitation. For me, this was an easy decision -........

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