A comparison between two different Presidential candidates will always reveal differences in demeanor and ideology, especially when the candidates belong to opposite parties. With that said, Donald Trump represents the complete opposite of fellow Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In fact, Donald Trump is the machine that Bernie Sanders rages against.
Born into a wealthy family, Donald Trump has built his mighty real estate empire off the family name and has skyrocketed him into fame and fortune. Similar to his business ventures, Donald Trump’s campaign to become the next President of the United States of America is built on his brash ego.
To his credit, Donald Trump has now become the front runner to represent the Republican party according to recent polls. From his announcement, Donald Trump made it clear that his campaign would not be concerned about anyone that is not Donald Trump. A dangerous strategy for any serious Republican candidate to capture minority votes after the primaries are settled.
To top it off, his denouncement of John McCain’s war hero status could almost be passed off as a parody of his campaign so far.
“He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured”
Juxtapose to Donald Trump is the self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. Saunders’ campaign is powered by the grassroots of the democratic process, similar to that of Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. While Saunders has provided the only real challenge to perennial favorite Hillary Clinton, the Independent Senator of Vermont has refused to degrade his opponent. Instead, Sanders’ campaign is built on ideology rather than personality.
Among the poorest within the U.S. Congress, Sanders’ message income inequality has resonated stronger with his electorate than any other within the crowded field of Presidential hopefuls. Audiences have been flocking to see the progressive candidate speak, drawing a crowd of more than 11,000 in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday. Last week, Donald Trump held a rally in the same venue drawing just half as many as Sanders.
Sanders’ message at the rally in Phoenix could almost be used as a chant against the likes of Trump who have been vilified by those rebelling against the authoritarian figures of U.S. politics.
“For the last 40 years the great middle class of this country—once the envy of the world—has been disappearing. We need to stand together to make a political revolution where we create an America that works for all of us,” he continued. “Enough is enough—the billionaires are not going to have it, it’s our country. Let’s create that nation!”
Does Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders stand a chance of winning their respective primaries?