Elec­tion 2016: On the left, pon­der­ing life after San­ders

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Bernie San­ders has promised to work hard to de­feat Don­ald Trump, but he’s given no sign when—or if—he’ll em­brace Hil­lary Clin­ton. Many of his sup­port­ers are equally hes­i­tant. In a June 14 Bloomberg poll, only 55 per­cent of them said they would vote for Clin­ton; 22 per­cent will vote for Trump, and oth­ers will back Lib­er­tar­ian Gary John­son or the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Here’s their rea­son­ing. Joshua Green and Sahil Ka­pur

“I can­not bring my­self to vote for an­other es­tab­lish­ment politi­cian like Hil­lary.”

Home­maker Laura Armes, 43, of Beeville, Texas. She plans to vote for Trump.

“She’s def­i­nitely the lesser of two evils, but I don’t trust her.”

Gov­ern­ment worker Bako Ngua­song, 31, of Wash­ing­ton. She says she doesn’t know whether she’ll vote in Novem­ber.

“It makes a lot of sense strate­gi­cally to vote for Stein.”

Com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer Eric Brooks, 52, of San Fran­cisco, a Green Party mem­ber. He hopes Stein can break 5 per­cent of the vote to qual­ify the party for fed­eral fund­ing.

“You’re choos­ing be­tween fas­cism and oli­garchy.”

Non­profit worker Perry Mitchell, 31, of Bal­ti­more. He plans to vote for Stein.

“A true Bernie fan would be stupid not to vote for a Demo­crat.”

Non­profit outreach co­or­di­na­tor Al­bert Arevalo, 27, orig­i­nally of Brownsville, Texas. He says the Demo­cratic Party needs to unify to de­feat Trump.

The tat­toos are for­ever

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