Bernie Sanders said this week he would address supporters via a live, online video Thursday night about where his campaign is headed now that the presidential primaries are over.
The Vermont senator lost the Washington, D.C., Democratic primary on Tuesday, taking home just four delegates to Hillary Clinton’s 16. That left the final delegate count with Sanders at 1,832 and Clinton at 2,219.
Supporters can watch the live stream by RSVPing here on Sanders’ website. His campaign said it will send out the link to watch the address before it begins at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The announcement can also be watched on YouTube by clicking here or by just watching below.
Ahead of Sanders’ address, some speculated that he would concede to Clinton, who has been the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee since last week, when she reached the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. News agencies declared Clinton the Democratic nominee by the time voters were heading to the polls in six states on June 7, but she waited to claim the title for herself until results came in that evening.
This week, Sanders met with Clinton on Tuesday evening after the D.C. primary, and Democratic leaders have been urging him to help unite the party in recent days. He did not concede after his Tuesday talk with Clinton, but a Sanders spokesman said the meeting was “a positive discussion about how best to bring more people into the political process and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation.”
Though the Sanders campaign initially talked about getting superdelegates, who are not bound, to switch from Clinton to Sanders, the Vermont senator has focused more on his movement than on winning the nomination since the June 7 primaries. The message sent to supporters about his Thursday address featured the subject line “the political revolution continues.”
“When we started this campaign, I told you that I was running not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our time,” Sanders said in his email to supporters on Tuesday. “And for the past 14 months, through the entire primary process, we’ve sent the establishment a message they can’t ignore: We won’t settle for the status quo.”
Regardless of the specific message Sanders conveys Thursday evening, his supporters are likely to continue their push to change the Democratic Party and how elections are run in the future. A number of Sanders supporters are planning rallies outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month, and others are already putting their efforts behind progressive candidates in down-ballot races.
As Democrats prepare to take on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, though, party leaders are still looking to Sanders to help them rally the young voters who backed him during the primary months, and this address could be one of his first post-primary opportunities to do just that.