Today, Bernie Sanders finally succumbed to the will of the Democratic party and gave a raving endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Despite telling his supporters repeatedly that he was “taking the fight all the way to the convention,” it seems the DNC has other plans for Sanders. Many of his fans have expressed disappointment, but remain committed to the movement that he has started and vow to continue fighting the good fight.
I’ve noticed that a large portion, much larger than I think the media will ever admit, of Sander’s supporters have vehemently refused to vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstances, and for very good reasons. Hillary Clinton literally stands for everything that Bernie Sanders has claimed to fight against.
Deciding not to vote for Hillary Clinton is good start Bernie fans, and I know you may say to yourselves that you’ll never vote for Trump or the “lesser of two evils.” Yet, before you go branding Trump and his policies evil or opposite to your own, do a little research and find out just how many of his positions essentially align with Sander’s movement.
Toward the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were viewed as the two most populist candidates on the edge of each spectrum.
But their differences have also been marked by several overlaps where they see eye-to-eye.
Both candidates have railed against the Washington establishment that leaves many Americans disenfranchised, and both Trump and Bernie have called out the rigged political system and corruption relied on to select a president.
With many Bernie supporters now fuming after their candidate endorsed opponent Hillary Clinton Tuesday, here are a few reasons Sanders’ followers should consider casting their votes for Donald Trump.
1. Bernie and Trump agree on Free Trade
Trump has made it a staple at nearly every campaign rally to point out that he and Bernie Sanders view international trade through a similar lens.
“We both agree that we’re getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with,” Trump told CNN’s State of the Union in February.
During his jobs speech in Pennsylvania last month, Trump also outlined how Bernie has called Hillary out on trade.
“As Bernie Sanders said, Hillary Clinton ‘voted for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs.’”
Trump however has differentiated himself from the Vermont senator by adding he is likely the only candidate who can revise the current trade situation, saying, “The difference is, I can do something about it. I’m going to renegotiate those trade deals and make them good – and, believe me, they’re going to be really good.”
Following news that Bernie had endorsed Hillary, Trump reached out to the senator’s more idealistic supporters asking them to support a Trump presidency “to stop bad trade deals.”