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On Monday June 6, 2016, the Associated Press decided start calling Hillary Clinton the "Presumptive Nominee" a day in advance of the New Jersey and California primaries. Using phone polls of superdelegates added to real pledged delegates from the elections, AP and NBC News both called the race for Hillary, and others followed. Her fans and voters cheered, ready for the primary season to be over. But not the steadfast Bernie fans, clinging to false hope and already suspicious of the "rigged" primaries.
The best case scenario is that the next 24 hours will be a pressure valve allowing the Berners to rant and lament and mourn before turning to the general election. Worst case scenario - the "Bernie or Bust" folks make life hell for everyone on the internet, and continue to do so right up until the Democratic Convention because they feel robbed.
In some ways, this steals thunder from the Clinton campaign, making her victory and speech tomorrow night an anticlimax. But victory is victory, and just as sweet. Meanwhile the Bernie fans are apoplectic as they rant about the oligarchic dystopian nightmare of a winner winning.
BREAKING: @AP finds Clinton reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president pic.twitter.com/e473F0G4vX— The Associated Press (@AP) June 7, 2016
Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee. https://t.co/40Jz20OX1q pic.twitter.com/nY2loMiOZq— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 7, 2016
We’re flattered, @AP, but we've got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow! https://t.co/8t3GpZqc1U— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
Statement from @HFA manager Robby Mook on @AP projecting @HillaryClinton as Democratic nominee pic.twitter.com/lsQsvwBGsi— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) June 7, 2016
The AP delegate tracker has Clinton at exactly 2383 https://t.co/qKChbRhv3i pic.twitter.com/WW6YEkZzS0— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) June 7, 2016
One thing that's clear: Sanders's path to victory hinges on gettiing Super Delgates to veto the voters, and they're breaking the wrong way— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) June 7, 2016
I think one thing is clear: whoever loses California tomorrow night will blame the media for calling the nominating race for Clinton tonight— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 7, 2016
In 2008, superdelegate pledges put Obama over the top-two months before the convention. The media called it as soon as he hit the threshold.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 7, 2016
AP on its "Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee" call: https://t.co/wdHFTlzCSO pic.twitter.com/OjzRIMRJnO— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 7, 2016
Good work by @AP to track down superdels but I'd bet both Sanders & Clinton are peeved 'bout this happening tonight. https://t.co/mlRsIlCYzg— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 7, 2016
JUST IN: Statement from Sanders comms director Michael Briggs pic.twitter.com/AvbKj1KTDv— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) June 7, 2016
And the Berners Lament...
AP Truthers Unite over Hillary's "Secret Win"
The images in this Clinton email are labeled "secret win." pic.twitter.com/YR4uCdQTZv— Christina Bellantoni (@cbellantoni) June 7, 2016
@cbellantoni @PollyTickal #NeverHillary #HillaryIsUntrustworthy #HillaryIsACrook #ClintonFoundationFraud #IndictHillary #WhyImBernieOrBust— Theo Jones (@theocintric) June 7, 2016
HILLARY HAS NOT CLINCHED THE NOMINATION!— Most Awesome One (@mostawesomeblog) June 7, 2016
Don't Believe AP BULLSHIT! They are trying to prevent YOU from voting.
Vote #BernieSanders JUNE 7th
@HillaryClinton @AP yeah so basically my vote doesn't even matter. What a sham. I hope people start really seeing this oligarchy.— G3ar#FreeMattDehart (@XDEVASTATEDX) June 7, 2016
RNC feels the Bern https://t.co/k7EEh8qy1n— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 7, 2016
If there was a scrap of faith left in media re: election reporting, it's gone. AP lost ALL journalistic integrity. https://t.co/408iI3Q2gs— Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) June 7, 2016
Keep dumping more crap on us, then ask us to get in line. Bullshit. You push us & you get pushed back. Philly could get ugly. #BernieOrBust— Craig (@craigmart) June 7, 2016
CA don't be fooled. Ur votes still count. Turn out in mass tomorrow & vote 4 Bernie 2 PROVE IT. Hillary's only headed 2 jail. #BernieOrBust— Skip Hatos (@SkipHatos) June 7, 2016
We officially live in dystopian land where thought control and political corruption occur in plain sight. #HillaryHasNotWon— Mayling (@maymaylingling) June 7, 2016
#HillaryHasNotWon #HillaryIsNotTheWinner #DropOutHillary #CaliforniaPrimary #NJPrimary #SupersDontVoteTillJuly25th pic.twitter.com/Zb7i0ZDTn0— Candice Jutz (@LIBsouthernGRL) June 7, 2016
#Cali is voting @berniesanders tomorrow 🔥🔥🔥— #B͢ЄRNÍЄo̶r̶B̶U̶S̶T̶ (@kadyalexis) June 6, 2016
do this today RT& share !! #CAPrimary #CaliforniaPrimary #BernieOrBust pic.twitter.com/iPDqwTc43L
@AP BREAKING: AP breaks false story which Hillary Clinton responds to with false gratitude. Voter suppression at its best! #ItsNotOver— Jess (@j_ssharrison) June 7, 2016
#HillaryHasNotWon #HillaryIsNotTheWinner #DropOutHillary #CaliforniaPrimary #NJPrimary #SupersDontVoteTillJuly25th pic.twitter.com/ZwdmErDkqa— Candice Jutz (@LIBsouthernGRL) June 7, 2016