Sanders voters may back Trump against Clinton: Journalist
8 June, 2016
“Sanders out-polls Trump by a lot and I think that voters are voting because they have really desperate economic needs and they may well—even Democrats may well select Trump if that is offered to them,” American journalist Don DeBar says.
Supporters of US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders may end up supporting the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump if they are forced to choose between him and Hillary Clinton, an American journalist and political commentator says.
Don DeBar, a radio host and TV commentator based in New York, made the comments on Wednesday following Trump’s call on Sanders’ supporters to back him up against Clinton in the race for the White House.
Sanders’ campaign took a severe blow on Thursday after Clinton obtained enough delegates to secure the party’s nomination.
“The thing that I found most interesting was Trump suddenly becoming very articulate; instead of rambling and sounding scattered and all over the place, he made a very clear pitch to Sanders voters,” DeBar noted.
Trump tried to woo the Vermont senator’s supporters by touching on the driving forces of his campaign, namely economics and unemployment, the analyst said.
“He delivered that like an experienced, polished politician and knowing how the polls have shown Sanders voters not likely to vote for Clinton, particularly that need work and need relief from their college tuition and all of that, it is likely going to resonate among many of them,” DeBar noted.
In his victory speech on Tuesday, Trump made a plea to Sanders’ followers, who he said “have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates,” calling on them to support him.
He also pledged to fix “the terrible trade deals that Bernie was so vehemently against,” and replace them with “fantastic trade deals,” something he said was not going to happen in a Clinton administration.
Clinton became the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee on Tuesday, after defeating Sanders in six close primary contests, reportedly reaching the party’s 2,383-delegate threshold.
DeBar said Sanders still had a shot at nomination as Clinton had to secure the superdelegate vote, which remains unclear until the Democratic convention later this month.
But in case the former first lady wins the nomination, he argued, there is a great chance that Sanders’ backer will lean towards Trump.
“Sanders out-polls Trump by a lot and I think that voters are voting because they have really desperate economic needs and they may well—even Democrats - may well select Trump if that is all that's offered to them,” DeBar noted.