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Sanders Supporters May Gravitate Toward Trump

Monday, 09 May 2016 08:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Protesters recently took to the streets of the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park.

Contrary to what some may be thinking, the demonstration was not yet another attempt to block an appearance by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rather, it was a protest that was aimed at disrupting a campaign stop by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Supporters of Clinton's Democratic rival Bernie Sanders repeatedly interrupted the Democratic frontrunner as she attempted to deliver a stump speech to her backers.

Protesters chanted, “She’s not with us,” forcing Clinton to abbreviate her speech to a mere 14 minutes.

The growing discontent with Hillary among those who “feel the Bern” foreshadows a serious problem that the Clinton campaign may have with Sanders supporters should she be named the Democratic nominee.

Hillary is viewed as a bona fide member of the same political establishment that proponents of Sanders despise.

Bernie has spotlighted Clinton's ties to Wall Street donors both on the campaign trail and in media appearances, while he simultaneously exploits her severe credibility problems.

Assuming that the Democratic convention holds a Hillary coronation, as is currently expected, many of those in the Sanders camp will be searching for voting alternatives, and the campaign of the presumptive GOP nominee would most certainly be happy to provide a new political home.

The desire to welcome Bernie fans has manifested itself in the language that Trump uses at his rallies and media appearances.

“I think Bernie Sanders should run as an independent. I think he'd do great,” Trump said at a victory rally that took place in New York City following the presumptive Republican candidate's clean sweep of five contests in the Northeast.

Trump again projected warmth toward Bernie devotees in an appearance on MSNBC, saying, “Bernie Sanders has a message that's interesting. I'm going to be taking a lot of the things Bernie said and using them.”

The real estate magnate-turned-presidential candidate congratulated Sanders after the Democratic challenger won the Indiana primary. Trump used his Twitter account to highlight the corrupt system that exists in the Democratic establishment and pointed out how it is being used to hurt Sanders in the primary.

“I would rather run against Crooked Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders and that will happen because the books are cooked against Bernie!” Trump tweeted.

These remarks represent a natural extension by the Trump campaign, one that is based on the many shared motivations between voters who have boarded the Trump train and those who have felt “the Bern.”

Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, made reference to the connections between supporters of Trump and those of Sanders when he said, “You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country.”

The commonalities between the two candidates are numerous.

Both Trump and Sanders are insurrectionist candidates who caught the media and the establishments of the two parties by surprise, with a much larger than expected number of supporters; both made it a point to highlight their avoidance of the donor class, Trump by self-funding and Sanders via small individual contributors; and both criticize policies that appear to benefit the elite at the expense of working Americans.

A Pew report in March determined that supporters of Trump and Sanders think that the current economic system unfairly favors the elite, believe that involvement on the global stage exacerbates problems, and feel anger towards the government.

At the heart of the two campaigns are anti-establishment sentiments, primarily a sense of frustration with the way party elites have run the government and ignored the real issues that the electorate considers paramount.

The middle class has been disenfranchised by policies that have been promoted by the establishment of both parties. Trade issues over which working people hold legitimate concerns have for decades also been ignored by leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Trump has repeatedly made trade one of the centerpieces of his campaign speeches, and this of course is an issue that deeply resonates with supporters of Sanders as well.

Voters can look to the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership, the euphemistically named Trade Promotion Authority (also known as “fast track”), and the unfair trade policies in general, along with their impact on working Americans, to also play an immense role in the fall campaign, particularly in crucial swing states such as Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.


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At the heart of the two campaigns are frustration with the way party elites have ignored real issues. The middle class has been disenfranchised by the establishment. Trump has made trade one of the centerpieces of his campaign. This is an issue that deeply resonates with supporters of Sanders.
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