(RightWing.org) – Winning an election is always about two things: the path to victory and the opponent. If Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is the Democratic nominee for president his socialist, economic platform is the antithesis of Trump’s and in probability won’t play as well with the majority of voters.
A democratic socialist, Sanders has expressed an open desire to minimize capitalism and increase federal government influence over business, the markets, and the everyday lives of Americans.
His proposals would cost the country approximately $100 trillion over ten years. They include the Green New Deal to curb climate change, Medicare-for-All and the elimination of private insurance, free college, and elimination of student loan debt.
If Sanders is the Democratic nominee, he’ll have to convince working Americans, suburban women, and minorities that his programs are worth the sacrifice of raising their taxes and cost of living.
Sanders has claimed that he is expanding his voter base and creating a movement that can defeat Trump. However, not one state through Super Tuesday shows Sanders mobilizing new voters. If anything, his influence has gone backward.
Expanding on Hillary Clinton’s voter turnout in battleground states is proving to be more challenging than Sanders wants anyone to believe.
To win, Sanders would have to win every state Clinton won in 2016 plus Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. That’s a tall order on Sanders’s campaign promises to raise taxes on everyone for Medicare-for-All.
When looking at the electoral college map, we can see how Trump’s democracy, and capitalism policies vs Sanders’ socialist/communist history, paints a more Trump positive re-election .
- Sanders’s populism doesn’t appeal to those who want an opportunity instead of a free hand-out. According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, only 28% of adults said they have a favorable view of socialism (23% of independents and 7% of Republicans viewed socialism favorably).
- Democrats who were responsible for winning the House in 2018 were moderates in suburban communities where the women’s vote is crucial, not far-left candidates.
- Wisconsin has been trending red for the last few decades, and Trump is either well within the margin of error or ahead of Sanders in polling.
- Sanders’ praise of communist Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua may significantly hurt him with Latin Americans in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona.
- Sanders pledged to ban fracking in Pennsylvania — one of the top energy-producing states in the country.
- In Arizona, Sanders is trailing Trump by 13 points and is struggling with Hispanic voters.
Sanders makes it easier for Trump to argue that the socialist will destroy the economy by raising taxes and making everyday things we buy more expensive. Trump will also be able to more easily expose Sanders’ brand of socialism as out of touch with most Americans.
What do you think?
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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