So it looks like Hillary Clinton will clinch the Democratic nomination. All those folks who “felt the Bern” have been rubbing lotion on their skin. After months of vicious fighting and back-biting, the Democratic Party is trying to pull itself together, if they ever have a chance at slowing down the Trump train.
But all that vitriol care of Hillary Clinton may come back to bite her come election day. Bernie supporters weren’t just dyed in the wool sheep; they truly believed in his rhetoric and agenda. They don’t like the Washington establishment and they hate Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has more than a hard road if she wants to convince them to support her. And it looks like she’s isn’t towing it.
A June 14th Bloomberg Politics national poll of likely voters in November’s election found that barely half of those who favored Sanders — 55 percent — plan to vote for Clinton. Instead, 22 percent say they’ll vote for Trump, while 18 percent favor Libertarian Gary Johnson. “I’m a registered Democrat, but I cannot bring myself to vote for another establishment politician like Hillary,” says Laura Armes, a 43-year-old homemaker from Beeville, Texas, who participated in the Bloomberg poll and plans to vote for Trump. “I don’t agree with a lot of what Trump says. But he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what you get.”
This trend is likely to grow over the coming months as more and more of Clinton’s dirty laundry is hung out on display. Bernie Sanders gained momentum because of his outsider status. He convinced many Democrats, especially young ones, that he would upset the Washington establishment.
Those kinds of values voters are seeing in Donald Trump as well. Like Bernie, he’s a Washington outsider. But unlike Bernie, he’s not a career politician. He can look after the interests of the American people without kowtowing to the usual games. That alone should make Bernie supporters love him.
“There’s zero percent chance that Hillary Clinton could ever get my vote,” said Perry Mitchell, a 31-year-old nonprofit worker from Baltimore. “She’s a corporate candidate. I don’t vote for corporate candidates. I don’t do the lesser of two evils.”
The polling shows a large number of Americans who have strong opinions about the election. They care about their country and want what’s best for all of us. Anyone with that kind of view cannot support Hillary. She is in the pocket of foreign interests. She does not have our interests at heart.
Bernie supporters see that and are making up their minds.