Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE on Friday morning said he will vote for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE for president.

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The statement, made on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was an apparent acknowledgement that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. But Sanders has not said he will end his bid for president.

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“I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” he said, saying Trump would be “a disaster for this country if he were to be elected.” 

“We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry," Sanders continued. “This is not somebody who should become president.”

He said his goal right now is “to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention.”