The naked truth is that Bernie Sanders could have beaten Trump last time and can beat him in 2020 but instead of acknowledging they ran a terrible candidate and fielded neoliberal policies that hurt the very workers they had simply assumed would vote for them, the Democrats have avoided scrutiny of their own rigged primary process and the manner in which Bernie Sanders was unfairly treated by blaming it all on Russia.
Newsflash to the Democrats – Trump didn’t win because of Russia, he won because you failed to appreciate how your embrace of neoliberal globalisation hurt the very voters you needed the most.
One estimate puts the budget of Russian interference in the election via social media advertising at $250 000. With all due respect for American Democracy, if you can influence an election with a mere $250 000, you have way bigger problems than Putin.
We can scream racist and sexist as much as we like at Trump voters, but when Trump wooed Union families, women and the working poor in such huge numbers, something else needs to be examined as the reason this malignant tumour of a human being has been forced upon us all.
The free market globalisation that the Democrats embraced has robbed the domestic working classes of their dignity and economic ability to survive. Bernie Sanders understood this which is why he would have been able to woo those voters Trump needed back to the Democrats and beat Trump, but the vile corruption within the Democrats (who played to the elites within the Party) robbed Sanders of his nomination in a rigged system.
You beat the negative populism that Trump creates with positive populism. Trump plays to the economic and identity insecurities of the working classes using hatred of the other and divisiveness, Bernie offers those very same voters the hope of universal health care and education, Bernie re-pledges the solemn promise of democracy that you can look into the face of your child and know they will get a better deal than you have.
Trump channels hatred and frustration, Bernie offers them hope. The question is not if Bernie can beat Trump, it’s whether the corrupt Democratic Party who are bought and sold by the same corporations that own the Republicans will allow him to win. The ‘Super Delegate’ votes were created within the Democratic Party to stop a populist from ever winning the nomination. Bernie’s worst battles won’t be in facing off against Trump, it will be beating the perverse elitism of his own Party first.
This is how you win America’s heart…