The Trump Campaign Is Going to Try to Woo Bernie Sanders Supporters

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Here we are, huddled together in a nightmarish dystopia where screaming giant cheese wedge Donald Trump is a leading presidential contender. Now, his campaign is hinting darkly that they’ll woo disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters. Bernie Sanders supporters: Please don’t fall for this shit.


Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who’s not being prosecuted for battery against a female reporter, now has time to romance Sanders fans, he told CNN:

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the campaign is ready to bring into the fold anyone in the “feel the Bern” movement who is not inclined to support Clinton in the general election.

“You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country,” Lewandowski said. “Bernie Sanders has large crowds — not as large as Mr. Trump’s, but large crowds — and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in.”

This really, really should not work, given that Sanders has made opposing corporate greed a cornerstone of his campaign, while Donald Trump has made it the driving principle of his life. Sanders is pro-choice, while Trump has decided recently that he’s not. And yet CNN found a Sanders fan named Marina Coddaire at a Trump rally:

“I feel that the core of both what Bernie’s movement is and Trump’s movement is, is the same. This anti-establishment, being upset with the way that our government has been run and how the mistakes that they’ve made have really damaged the middle class and have disenfranchised them,” Coddaire said. “This cry of change. The way that they’ve both gone about it is of course different but I still respect it.”

I want to be respectful here. I want to be gentle in conveying that this opinion is both bad and wrong.

But Sanders and Trump do both enjoy support among angry middle-class white men who believe their job prospects have been diminished. A very helpful Democratic strategist named Dave “Mudcat” Saunders told Glenn Beck fan site the Daily Caller that Trump will beat Hillary Clinton “like a baby seal” and steal the vote of “working class whites” from her: “Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have very similar messages; they’re just dressed in different clothes. I think you’re going to see a lot of Sanders people jump to Trump.”


Let’s recall that not long ago Trump was referring to either Sanders or his supporters as “wackos:”


Trump is also encouraging Sanders to run as an independent, for reasons that are surely not motivated by self-interest or anything.


Earlier this week, Jane Sanders told Wolf Blitzer her husband won’t consider that: “We’ve been very clear right from the beginning that we will not play the role of spoiler.”

Trump fans crash a Bernie Sanders rally in Oaks, Pennsylvania, April 21. Photo via AP

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.



I was going to scoff at this until I remembered the number of 18-30 year old “Bernie or Bust!” dudebros on Facebook who don’t have to worry about access to women’s healthcare or race relations and now I’m kind of nervous.