At this point in Donald Trump’s quest for the White House, if you’re still a supporter of the hotel magnate, it can be pretty much assumed that you are a racist jerk. Not one thing that comes out of Trump’s mouth has anything to do with real policy, but rather just a promotion of fear and hatred. And noticing that the more racist and bigoted Trump is the more people seem to be drawn to him, one can only conclude that those who support him are likely either dumb or bigots themselves.
So, when Bernie Sanders appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday claiming he believes he can get Trump supporters to come support him, it was confusing to say the least. Either Sanders is truly unaware that the remaining Trump supporters are raging bigots, or he is willfully ignorant and put words into their mouths for what they want in a candidate. Sanders claims that Trump’s supporters are angry “working class voters” — sure, but that anger is likely not equivalent to that of Sanders’ own supporters who truly want progressive change and not just minorities to be kept down, or rather out of the country completely.
The Vermont senator said:
“Many of Trump’s supporters are working-class people and they’re angry, and they’re angry because they’re working longer hours for lower wages, they’re angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries, they’re angry because they can’t afford to send their kids to college so they can’t retire with dignity.”
“What Trump has done with some success is taken that anger, taken those fears which are legitimate and converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims, and in my view that is not the way we’re going to address the major problems facing our country.”
Sanders makes a solid point that there “are the ways I think that we improve lives for our people, not by dividing us up and having us hate Mexicans or Muslims.” Which is definitely true. However, the more Trump utters his divisive hate speech, the more his supporters seem to adore him. If Sanders wants their support, he’s barking up the wrong tree.
“It appears that Mr. Trump is getting nervous that working families are catching on that his policies represent the interests of the billionaire class against almost everyone else. He refuses to support raising the minimum wage. He believes wages are too high and he wants to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very richest families in America.”
It would appear, that in all legitimacy, Sanders truly wants to help the American people and is trying to appeal to Trump supporters as the person who will truly bring about positive policy to bring about real change in people’s lives. His zeal for the ideal is one to truly be admired. However, as ideal as those thoughts are that people will be swayed by logical thought, it’s not likely Trump supporters will jump ship over to team Sanders. Trump supporters seem to be anything but logical.
Sanders is basically asking Trump supporters to rethink what they are doing and not vote against their best interests, and use their anger for good instead of evil.
Sanders’ grassroots efforts are to be greatly admired, and his idealistic tone is certainly popular with those seeking instant change away from the status quo of an ever-stalled Congress of rigid thought and constant filibustering. Hopefully, whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be the person to win the White House and bring both sides together to work for a common purpose of progressing the nation forward to further the ever-growing economy that the Obama administration has helped revitalize.
As far as Trump supporters going to Sanders, well, it’s a nice thought, but that may be as far as that idea goes. Sanders is far too nice and smart with real ideas for Trump supporters. His logic would likely confuse and anger them.
Watch Sanders’ full appearance here: