Bernie Sanders Returns


Gage Skidmore

Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, throws his hat in the ring once more to win the presidential election he lost in 2016.

Amanda Chung, Photojournalist

The year 2020 is just around the corner, signalling the beginning of a new presidential term. An alarmingly large group of ambitious Democrats have already thrown their hat in the ring, hoping to win the chance to face off President Donald Trump in the nearing election this fall. However, they first have to compete against each other until one lucky candidate is left standing.

Many candidates’ names might sound familiar because of their popularity within the past couple of years. Elizabeth Warren, known by President Trump as “Pocahontas”, has always been a prominent figure in the progressive movement. California Senator Kamala Harris has also gained momentum, making a name for herself since she became senator in 2017.

Though, out of all the candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders undoubtedly steals the spotlight. His campaign leaves exactly where it left off, and many of his loyal supporters are happier than ever. The odds were never in his favor in the 2016 election, but with the new reforms to the DNC, many believe he has a good chance of winning this one.

Many people speculate that the only reason Sen. Bernie Sanders didn’t win the primaries against Hillary Clinton was because the DNC was always rigged in her favor. DNC chairwoman, Donna Brazile, wrote about this in her book, where she claimed that Clinton’s “campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses.” She alsos says the deal was “not a criminal act”, but “compromised the party’s integrity” (CNN). However, if Bernie did end up winning the primaries, data from political analysts has revealed statistics proving Bernie Sanders would have beaten Trump in the race for president back in 2016.

According to multiple polls from different sources around May of 2016, “Sanders fare[d] 6 points better against Trump than Clinton [did], and he [beat] Trump by double digits on average.” More recent polls show Sanders leading 44 percent to 32 percent against Trump. Sanders also “turned out more young people in the primaries than Obama did in 2008” (Medium). Additionally, his undying passion for civil rights has been consistent ever since he was a young man; he even got arrested once for protesting against segregation in 1963. This can’t be said for a few of his colleagues in the government who have recently been exposed for doing black-face in their youth.

Ashley Bui-Tran (12) thinks the the best bet for the Democrats next year will be for Bernie to win the primaries. “The Democrats should learn from their mistakes in 2016 and nominate the person with the best chance of defeating Trump- Bernie Sanders.”