Bernie Sanders had always said he was a better challenger to his Republican Party rival, Donald Trump. Would Donald Trump have won the November 8 elections if he was up against Bernie Sanders? The Independent explores the possibilities of what could have been.
In May, when the Vermont senator appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press he revealed that he had trumped his Republican Party rival in every poll and always at a bigger margin than his Democratic Party counterpart, Hillary Clinton.
“Right now in every major poll, national poll and statewide poll done in the last month, in six weeks, we are defeating Trump often by big numbers and always at a larger margin than Secretary Clinton is.”
The white-haired Democratic socialist made this claim a number of times, insinuating that despite his larger following he was not the popular candidate for the DNC. Political watchers believe that the senator’s popularity among white working class voters would have made the difference. In addition, Sanders defeated Clinton in Michigan and Wisconsin during the primaries, states that Trump stunned Democrats on Tuesday.
The 74-year-old’s rallies were always a bubble of euphoria and excitement. Traits that political pundits said was absent at the campaign meets of Hillary Clinton. They also said the lack of passion evident at Clinton’s rallies did not come close to what was experienced when Obama first won his first tenure in the White House.
Progressive Sanders was a popular choice among millennial voters who did not totally turn up for Clinton. Sanders’ calls for the removal of student debt, free college tuition, a national health service, and the expulsion of corporate money from politics resonated massively with young voters. Paul Nagel, a gay rights and housing activist, had wanted Sanders in the Oval Office because he was confident he would truly be a man of the people.
According to the NY Post, earlier this year, WikiLeaks dumped an avalanche of internal emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee. In one of the emails, a Democratic Party official is fingered trying to sabotage Bernie Sander’s presidential ambitions by attacking his religious beliefs.
In a message dated May 5, 2016, with a “No s**t” subject line, the chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee, Brad Marshall, allegedly plotted how to portray the Vermont senator who was raised as Jewish in New York as a nonbeliever at the Kentucky and West Virginia primaries.
“It might make no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief? My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist. Does he believe in a God? He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage…I think I read he is an atheist.”
Brad Marshall denied it being a hit job on Sanders, implying that it was probably directed at one of his surrogates. In another leaked e-mail dated May 21, 2016, DNC press secretary, Mark Paustenbach had suggested that a story be planted about Sanders’ campaign being thrown into disarray. The emails confirm that the DNC were on the side of Hillary Clinton long before the primaries were concluded.
Thousands of people took to the streets when Donald Trump was announced as the 45th president of the United States. People trooped out in Oregon, San Diego, Oakland, Washington, and many other cities setting garbage trucks and tires on fire. In New York, singer Lady Gaga staged a protest standing outside Trump Towers with a placard reading “Love trumps hate.”
Hillary Clinton said the nation was “more deeply divided than we thought” in a speech conceding the election to the Manhattan billionaire. The 69-year-old former secretary of state reassured her supporters to be optimistic and give the president-elect a chance to bring all Americans together.
“This is painful and it will be for a long time but I want you to remember this. Our campaign was never about one person or one election. It was about the country we love, about building a country that was hopeful, inclusive and big hearted…I still believe in America and I always will.”
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