Fringe Politics: Why so many voters are attracted to Trump & Sanders

Why are so many voters attracted to Trump and Sanders?

  • Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have had great success in their respective parties
  • Although both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders differ on every issue, they have both done a tremendous job in rallying their base
  • The inability of both parties to work together in Congress has caused distress and distrust amongst the American people

The two presidential candidates that have swept the nation by storm cannot be any more polar opposites of one another. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have had great success in their respective parties and it seems as though the prototypical politically correct candidate is having trouble being embraced by their own parties.

Many columnists, news stations, and radio hosts have been perplexed as to why this is the case, and cannot find a concrete answer on how a real estate mogul and a devout socialist are winning primaries for being the next leader of the free world. The reason for their success stems from the inability of the two parties to tone the constant bickering down, and the frustration of the American working class.

PARTIES BICKERING

Washington has become the hub of political gridlock, partisanship, and tiresome bickering. When an average American listens to the radio, or watches their television news stations, there seems to be a headline on how Congress and the president have been unable to reach an agreement on legislation. There is constant polarization between the two parties and the candidates who seem to express moderate opinions are seen as soft people, or even sometimes as traitors.

This has caused many Americans to be fed up with the status quo, and turn to individuals who are seen as outsiders to Washington gridlock and squabbling. The Republicans have seen how the constant bickering in Congress has led to the rise of the Tea Party movement, and the inability of the Democrats to negotiate with Republicans has led to both houses of Congress into Republican control. The mystery now is how political bickering has now played into the hands of two unconventional candidates.

THE TRUMP AND SANDERS APPEAL

Although both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders differ on every issue, they have both done a tremendous job in rallying their base. Donald Trump has used the fear of the American people to his advantage and points to the fact how calm and rational candidates within the Washington establishment cannot get the job done. He sees himself as a brass, unapologetic and authentic negotiator who will get the job done.

His message has resonated with many, but the substance of his message seems more glamorous than it actually is in practice. He points out to the fact that he is self-funding his campaign, and is not bought out from major PACs and corporations like the Washington insiders.

Bernie Sanders seems to be rallying his people by stating that the United States election process and economy are rigged by those with vast amount of wealth, and he wants to change the dynamics of the game. He calls for a political “revolution” that stems from reforming our economy, election process, and making the economy beneficial for the American people.

He has bold plans to reform the tax code, and wants to make sure that those in the 1% are paying their fair share. His message has resonated with the youth, and he has been upfront and honest about his progressive socialist policies. Sanders and Trump are the only candidates that do not take money from any super PACs.

DISSATISFIED WITH THE STATUS QUO

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have shown both political parties that the people are dissatisfied with the status quo. The inability of both parties to work together in Congress has caused distress and distrust amongst the American people. The loud voices that are seen as “extremists” are gaining traction in this political climate.

This election cycle should show the political establishment that people want something different from their political candidates. It is troubling to see however that Mr. Trump has resorted to playing on the fears of the American people and using unacceptable language against minorities, especially Muslim Americans. The 2016 presidential campaigns have been very interesting, and it seems this anomaly is going to continue the rest of the election year.

About the author

George Doctorian graduated Magna Cum laude from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in American History. His area of concentration is Middle Eastern Relations and public administration. He is currently an administrative assistant at Orange County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO). He plans to continue his education at Cal Poly Pomona to obtain his master’s degree in public administration.

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