You don't have the capability for mayhem
- Jun 4, 2013
Well based on a multitude of reasons.Based on what?
For starters Bernie had the progressive consistency that Hillary didn't have. You can actually believe what he is saying, he didn't have public & private views. You can't dig up quotes and videos of Bernie arguing for the Iraq war or calling black people super predators. You can find old videos of Bernie consistently arguing for the working class, the same working class demographic that supported Trump.. Bernie's views on trade, foreign policy sounded very similar to Trump's message, as they are both populists on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Trump somehow shifted to the left of Hillary on these issues, whereas Hillary DID support TPP, NAFTA, she did support the Iraq war. Bernie had a wide appeal, especially with independents, atheists, young progressives, anti war libertarians, etc. I think Bernie wouldn't have lost the rust belt states to Trump like Hillary did. I mean, somehow Hillary managed to lose Pennsylvania to Trump. She lost fucking MICHIGAN to Trump. I don't think Bernie would have lost those states. Lots of Trump supporters liked Bernie, they both had that outsider anti establishment appeal.
also Bernie is pretty much scandal free. Strategically, Trump wouldn't have all of this ammunition to use on Bernie like he did with Hillary. The best thing Trump could have done with Bernie in the debates is label him a socialist/communist and I think that smear would have failed. Trump is a brawler, probably the best trash talker/verbal assassin that the political world has ever seen. Bernie would have countered Trump's bluster with his own facts, he wouldn't have corny throwaway lines like "trump'd up trickledown economics" or "Trump is putin's puppet".
Bernie also significantly polled better vs Trump than Hillary did. You can say these polls mean nothing, etc - but Trump's internal campaign polling even confirmed that they were worried about Bernie.