Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday night he will "work with progressives, moderates, and yes, with conservatives, to preserve this nation" while appealing to voters during the Democratic National Convention.

The big picture: Sanders may be the best positioned to turn out progressives and young voters who see Biden as too much a part of the establishment or the old guard.

What he's saying: Sanders appealed to his own supporters saying they've moved the debate in the country and their movement continues, but "all the progress we have made will be in jeopardy" if Trump is re-elected.

  • "This election is about preserving our democracy," Sanders said. "The unthinkable has become normal" under Trump, and "authoritarianism has taken root."

Between the lines: Sanders' endorsement of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton failed to convince his supporters that he meant it. On Monday night, Sanders tried to explain the stakes in stark terms and suggested that many of his ideas have already prevailed in the party.

  • "This election is the most important in the history of this country," Sanders said. "If Donald Trump is reelected, all of the progress we have made will be in jeopardy.
  • "The future of our democracy is at stake," he added.

Of note: Sanders acknowledged the differences that he and Biden had on several issues, including health care. But Sanders seemed willing to settle for incremental change, given the risks he said that a second term from President Trump posed.

  • "Joe Biden will end the hate and division Trump has created," Sanders said.

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The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

Trump to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: If confirmed, Barrett — just 48 years old — would move the court notably to the right, perhaps for a generation.

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