“Bernie or bust” wasn’t just a hashtag
Several of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ supporters — after reading WikiLeaks which confirmed their suspicions of a rigged primary system — are saying “we told you so” to the Democratic Party.
“I’d like to point out Hillary is LOSING areas that Bernie won. We. Told. U. So. Signed, #bernieorbust,” Twitter handle MzLoy wrote on the social media site on Election night.
Indeed, the populism of Mr. Sanders gave him wins over Mrs. Clinton in Wisconsin and in Michigan during the Democratic primary — both states where Republican Donald Trump flipped the map on Mrs. Clinton, securing his win.
“If Bernie Sanders was the Democratic nominee, we would have won this election by far. Michigan, we were down 20 percent in the polls in the primaries, and Michigan gave Bernie Sanders the biggest political upset in U.S. history,” Linda Sarsour, the Muslim Democratic actives and former Mr. Sanders campaign surrogate told Democracy Now on Wednesday.
Mr. Sanders mobilized first-time voters and millennials to his cause — a base Mrs. Clinton was never able to enthuse throughout her campaign. Although Mrs. Clinton won 54 percent of the millennial vote compared to Mr. Trump’s 37 percent, she didn’t turn out enough of them to secure a general election victory. In 2012, President Barack Obama won 64 percent of the millennial vote — 10 percentage points higher than Mrs. Clinton’s performance.