Sanders To Supporters: ‘We’re Not Fringe Players Anymore’

File-This June 23, 2016, file photo shows Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addressing supporters in New York. Sanders says he’ll try to block Senate consideration of a bill that would require nationwide labeling of food with genetically modified products, but with a less stringent labeling requirement than the one included in Vermont’s law. Individual senators can put a hold on legislation, blocking it from coming up for debate unless backers can muster 60 votes. The Vermont independent says he prepared to resort to that tactic.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told progressive supporters Monday that they were no longer “fringe players” in their party, delivering a pumped-up version of his stump speech ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

“As all of you will recall, when we began this campaign over a year ago, we were considered to be fringe players by the establishment and the corporate media,” Sanders said while addressing supporters in Philadelphia. “Well, a year has come and gone. We’re not fringe players anymore.”

“We have shown the entire world that our ideas are not some crazy, wild, utopian fantasies,” he continued. “They are ideas supported by working people from one end of this country to the other.”

Sanders also reaffirmed that he thought Donald Trump needed to be beaten in the general election.

“And we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” Sanders said.

The crowd launched into a bunch of “boos.” Sanders didn’t comment on their reaction to his statement and continued talking about how Trump shouldn’t be elected.

He also predicted that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation would “open the doors of the party” to more people.

The crowd seemed to match the enthusiasm in Sanders’ voice by chanting back at him, “Bernie!” as his speech went on. Sanders was expected to give a speech at the convention later Monday.

This post has been updated.

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