The Legions of the Donald and Bernie are Very Different

Political pundits are quick to say that Trump appeals to anger on the right while Sanders appeals to anger on the left. But that’s a very superficial assessment of the situation.

The Donald’s army of followers is mostly low information voters that knows it’s mad as hell at something, but what? Indeed, this crowd vaguely understands exactly what’s the problem, or who’s responsible or how it can best be fixed. All it knows is that Trump, the quintessential BS salesmen, says he is “going to make American great again” and that’s good enough.

Bernie’s army, quite to the contrary of Trump’s backers, is a rather more sophisticated lot that knows exactly what the problem is, who is responsible and how it can be fixed. It sees the problem as a corporate elite that absorbs an inordinate amount of the nation’s wealth to the determent of the country at large. Bernie’s message precisely reflexes his followers resentment and remedy of the situation.

Meanwhile Hillary of the Democrats and Jeb and his gaggle of Republican presidential hopefuls are seen by both the Trump and Sanders legions as business as usual, special interest politicians.

Of course if the Donald really has gone to war permanently with the all-powerful Roger Ailes of Fox News, the complexity of the 2016 presidential race goes completely bonkers.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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