December 16, 2016
Bernie Sanders: 'Donald Trump Won Because People Are Tired Of The Same Old Politically Correct Rhetoric' [Opinion]

Many of us were eagerly anticipating the idea of a Bernie Sanders presidency, but now that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States, how does Bernie Sanders feel about Trump's upcoming presidency and why does Bernie think Donald won?

Over the course of a rip-roaring discussion on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show on Monday night, Bernie Sanders explained his views on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential win, as reported by Reason.

"Trump said he will not be politically correct. I think he said some outrageous and painful things, but I think people are tired of the same old politically correct rhetoric. I think some people believe he was speaking from his heart and willing to take on everybody."
Election night on November 9, 2016 with Donald Trump favored in the popular vote over Hillary Clinton.
Election night on November 9, 2016 with Donald Trump favored in the popular vote over Hillary Clinton. [Image by Elsa/Getty Images]

Whatever your political views, it can't be denied that Americans are tired of old school politics and "business as usual," and it's not just Americans who feel this way. In the U.K., a slight majority of voters approved the Brexit plan which would see the U.K. leave the European Union. Citizens of the U.K. were also keen to send a message to the political elite running their country.

While Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote, Americans appeared to be sending a similar message to the political elite when Donald Trump was elected president. As Bernie Sanders suggests, political correctness may have been one reason that Trump won the election. What exactly is his idea of political correctness and did Donald's big focus on trade policies help to sway the election his way?

"What it means is you have a set of talking points which have been poll-tested and focus-group-tested and that's what you say rather than what's really going on. And often what you are not allowed to say are things which offend very powerful people. For years and years we have been told by Republicans and many Democrats that our trade policy was a great idea, that it was working for America. The American people don't believe it."
Bernie Sanders in Lebanon, New Hampshire on on September 5, 2016.
Bernie Sanders in Lebanon, New Hampshire on on September 5, 2016. [Image by Darren McCollester/Getty Images]

Bernie Sanders went on to say that Americans would really like a candidate that would focus less on billionaires and more on the middle class, as well as the many working families in the country. While Donald Trump does have billionaire friends, he is perceived as representing more traditional and working values by many.

When Chris Hayes suggested that Donald Trump was merely being a jerk for the sake of it rather than abide by polite society rules, Sanders said that Trump was focusing on the media when he made many of his comments that may have been taken the wrong way, and Bernie then asked Hayes if he really felt that the media reflected the true reality of society in America.

While it has been suggested by some that Trump has more than his fair share of racist and homophobic supporters, Bernie Sanders vehemently denied this. He describes how Donald spoke to the average American in a way that Hillary Clinton simply could not.

"One of the arguments as to why Trump won is the belief that most or many of his supporters are sexists or racists or homophobes. I happen not to believe that's the case. I think what he did do is he said, 'You know what, there's a lot of pain in this country, people are scared and people are worried.' People are tired of status quo politics. He broke through that."
Even though Bernie Sanders recently "flipped" a Trump supporter and was able to change their mind about Donald Trump, he is clearly of the belief that the people have spoken in this election.

Do you agree with Bernie Sanders about the reasons why Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential election?

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