Bernie Sanders unveiled a three-point Plan to beat Donald Trump at the CNN Ohio Democratic Town Hall in Columbus, Ohio. On March 13, 2016, Sanders and his opponent, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton met with a group of Democratic voters armed with questions for each candidate. The state poet laureate, a Dublin, Ohio radiologist, Dr. Amit Majmudar asked the Vermont senator to try and outline a plan that would persuade him to vote for the senator come Election Day.
The catch was that the plan had to be a succinct, three-point plan that did not delve into attack-ad mudslinging, but described specifically what the Democratic candidate brought to the table that would inspire confidence in someone who was feeling increasingly ill at ease with the rancor from Republican frontrunner Trump.
1. He Is the Strongest Democratic Candidate
Sanders prefaced his list by stating that the common criticism he heard from voters is that they liked his ideas but were not confident he could win the general election. Sanders pointed out that at every national poll that has been done, The Wall Street Journal and NBC, most recently, showed that Sanders would beat Trump by 18 points. His margin over Trump’s was wider than Secretary Clinton’s. In statewide polls, in Michigan for example, he was nineteen points ahead of Trump. The strength of numbers was behind Sanders as he unveiled the other two points in his three-point plan to defeat Trump.
2. Republicans Win When the Voter Turnout Is Low
Sanders’ second point was the reflection of the movement he had engendered. As the longest serving independent in congressional history, Sanders has amassed a following that is arguably comparable to President Obama’s campaign. In December 2015, Bustle noticed something during a raucous GOP debate which included name-calling and rambling answers to questions that the moderator did not ask. Sanders gained more Twitter followers than all of those attending the debate. Bustle thought this was a fair indication that the Republican candidates could have been driving voters directly toward Sanders. The inference was clear, and it was reiterated when Sanders amassed over $40 million dollars online from small donations. At the Ohio Town Hall, Sanders stated that at his rally in Columbus, Ohio, there were 7,000 people who came out in support of their cause. The more exciting and high energy a campaign is the better the voter turnout. Sanders knows his campaign and a highly publicized following are one of the best weapons he has in his three-point plan to defeat Trump.
3.Expose Trump for Who He Is
“The way you beat Trump is to expose him.” Sanders declared for his third and final point of the three-point plan. He pointed out that Trump could be exposed on many levels, credibility being one. Sanders stated that Trump is a billionaire but doesn’t think we should raise the minimum wage above $7.75 an hour. Sanders exercises the faith he has in the population, declaring that the American public would not vote for a man who condones violence, makes wildly insulting claims about Mexicans, Muslims, the disabled, veterans and women. A man who hangs onto the inaccurate belief that climate change is not real. Sanders said that people would not vote for a man who finds a way to insult everyone who is not like himself, and said, “Thank God, most people are not like Trump.”
Sanders went on to state in an addendum that no one should forget that Trump was one of the leaders of the “birther movement,” or a pocket of the population who insistently called for President Barack Obama to step down because they did not believe he had the right to be President. Sanders stated that this was different from simply disliking the president’s policies and saying so in a manner befitting a member of the public with some authority as a public figure. Sanders reminded the crowd that the birther movement had been a pointed attack on the legitimacy of President Obama’s role. Members of the movement presumed to believe that he was not born in the United States of America, and therefore, could not be President. Sanders said that it was an insult, not only to the African-American community but to every one of the voters who supported and voted for Obama.
By Juanita Lewis
Edited by Cathy Milne
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