PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Bernard Sanders said on Tuesday that Donald Trump is a historically bad presidential candidate and said he’s transitioning his campaign to a new organization that will work to support like-minded candidates in races as far down the ballot as school board elections.
Speaking at a Wisconsin delegation breakfast on the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Mr. Sanders called Mr. Trump “the worst, least-prepared candidate for president in my lifetime.”
“We’ve got to obviously elect Hillary Clinton,” he said.
Mr. Sanders did his part for Mrs. Clinton by delivering a full-throated endorsement in a speech Monday evening, despite consternation from some of his supporters.
He also said “we have got to … stay focused on our issues and force every level of government to represent working people.”
“One of the accomplishments of our campaign was to involve millions of people, a lot of young people, in the political process and we have got to keep that going,” Mr. Sanders said.
“And we are going to keep that going,” he said. “Our campaign is going to transition to another organization which is going to support candidates running for school board, for city council, for state legislature.”
Mr. Sanders announced in an email to supporters late Monday he’s planning to start a group called “Our Revolution.”
“Our job is to bring people into the political process around a progressive agenda,” he said. “An agenda that says to the 1 percent: ‘Sorry, you are not going to get it all. This country, our government, belongs to all of us.’ “