Bernie is the left’s Trump. Everyone makes that lazy argument. Sounds cute to say. On the surface it checks out too. Both New Yorkers, both white men in their 70’s, both went against Hillary in 2016, etc. But after Super Tuesday, it’s been validated. But what makes them so similar and what makes them so different, has nothing to do with themselves as individuals. It’s their supporters. It’s their political parties.
In 2016, Trump ran on an anti-PC campaign to break up the republican establishment. He resonated with folks who felt left out of the political landscape. Folks fed up with having to tip-toe around every conversation with friends and co-workers. Folks who longed for the good ol’ days. For the first time in their lives, there was a presidential candidate who said out loud what they had been saying in private for decades. It was empowering. His supporters were brash and they were angry. Any candidate that went after Trump, his supporters turned on with the ferocity of a swarm of bee’s. Any negative media his way was coined as Fake News. Anything damaging that sprung up, his supporters would generate some conspiracy theory, redirecting the attention toward something or someone else.
In the 2016 campaign, Trump’s supporters created a protective barrier around him, and anyone not inside the walls of Trump were considered the enemy.
In 2020, Bernie is running on campaign to break up the democratic establishment. He is resonating with the youth and minorities who feel left out of the political landscape. Folks fed up with being talked down to and mistreated. Folks who long for a new era in America. For the first time in their lives, there is a presidential candidate who says out loud what they have been pleading for decades. It's empowering. His supporters are brash and they are angry. On Super Tuesday though, I watched Bernie supporters turn on the other candidates. I watched them blame the media anytime they reported Biden won a state. I watched them stir-up conspiracy theories to explain what was happening. Bernie’s supporters were building their barrier.
But the biggest difference between Trump and Bernie supporters, is the political parties.
The Republican party Trump was trying to tear down, didn’t fight back. They joined his army.
The Democratic party Bernie is trying to tear down, took a swing this past week. They’re fighting his army.
Bernie’s supporters are trying hard on Twitter to organize their bee’s to attack Biden. They are trying to blame the media for bias reporting. They are trying to make this a conspiracy theory. But when you run against the establishment, you can't cry when the establishment doesn’t roll over. It feels manufactured.
The Democratic establishment isn’t just not rolling over and letting Bernie rub their belly, they are organizing, they are fighting. But will whoever is still standing after the Democratic war of 2020 be enough to fight Trump’s army? I don't know... politics are weird.
The Illinois primary is in two weeks. I honestly don’t know which candidate I will support. It’s going to be interesting whether Bernie supporters double-down on their wall or open the gates to let the establishment in. Or whether the establishment offers a peace deal to Bernie and meet policy in the middle. But one thing I do know for sure; as the Democratic establishment battles Bernie’s army, Trump’s supporters are strengthening his walls, and the Republican establishment is inside the castle ready to attack.