How Bernie Sanders helped make the Trump presidency.
Let’s be honest for a minute. Hillary Clinton was a Democrat from the past, whose history of political stances was from a decade where Democrats scrambled to the center in answer to the Reagan Revolution. Ignoring the flip-flopping she did when faced with different crowds (and whether it was a primary or a general election) she was at her roots a center-left, moderate liberal.
While Hillary banged the drums for social liberalism, she only banged them when she had to. Her fiscal policies, while definitely not laissez-faire, did not willingly wander into the realms of socialism. And, most notably, while she had been an accomplice of Obama’s appeasement policies, her tendencies were more along with the traditional Democrat styles of JFK.
In short, Hillary Clinton was a demagogue who went along to be along, but when left to her own devices naturally gravitated center-left. Queue Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders is an unabashedly, die-hard socialist and was the first Democratic candidate to refer to himself as a socialist candidly. He added fuel to a far-left revolution that is dragging the country farther from Jefferson and ever closer to Marx.
As if running as the third term of Obama hadn’t been enough, Hillary Clinton found herself competing against a man so extremely leftist as to have left the modern Democratic party for not leaning far enough left.
In the course of the 2016 primary, Hillary responded to Sanders’ popularity by completely jumping ship from her 90s brand of liberalism. She embraced (at least in rhetoric) the social and environmental justice of the Obama era.
What does this have to do with Donald Trump? Donald Trump had a large portion of the GOP running for the hills. Whether we discuss moderates, libertarians, neoconservatives, or people who just didn’t like Trump’s tone, there were a lot of disenchanted Republicans with nowhere to go.
Hillary might have been situated to take advantage of this situation if she had maintained her center-left, ’90s liberalism demeanor. But Bernie pushed the Democratic Party, and their nominee Hillary Clinton, irretrievably to the extreme left.
Many Republicans who may have revolted against Donald Trump came back to him begrudgingly because of how extreme the Bernie Sanders revolution had pushed Hillary to become.
In the end, Bernie Sanders’ leftist, socialist ideas helped create the conditions which allowed a Trump presidency to happen. And, judging by his continued popularity and the adoption of his rhetoric by many of the other current Democratic candidates, the 2016 scenario may be set to play out again in 2020.