Bernie Sanders supporters switched their allegiance to Donald Trump in large enough numbers in November 2016 to sway the election for the real estate billionaire, according to an analysis of voter data released by the blog Political Wire. Since Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton, much discussion has focused on the degree to which passionate Sanders supporters’ refusal to embrace Clinton led to the Republican winding up in the White House.
Fully 12 percent of people who voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries voted for President Trump in the general election. That is according to the data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study — a massive election survey of around 50,000 people.
Yesterday this discussion was hot again as Steve Bannon forewarned Bill Maher that Bernie Sanders supporters will retaliate like “they did in 2016” if he doesn’t win the Democratic nomination for president by either sitting out the general election or re-electing Donald Trump.
On Friday night’s “Real Time,” Trump’s former White House chief strategist rebutted Maher’s criticism that the Democratic party loses elections because of the “flawed” electoral college in which “a senator in Wyoming represents 290,000 people and the senator [in California] represents 20 million.”
“This is what I love about you guys — you’ve got to whine about everything,” Bannon snapped back. “With this attitude… we’re going to keep winning.”
Bannon went on to say that Sanders has “been screwed by the Democratic party,” citing what many are calling a debacle of an Iowa caucus. “Bernie voters are [going to do] what they did in 2016… either don’t vote or come vote for Trump.”
Steve Bannon annihilates @billmaher and the crowd. @BernieSanders voters for @realDonaldTrump 2020 @charliekirk11 @DeplorableChoir @CitizensAR @GOPLeader @DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump #trump2020 pic.twitter.com/pqVzrK0Fn0
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) February 8, 2020
He also called Bloomberg an oligarch:
Bannon went on Bill Maher and called Bloomberg an oligarch pic.twitter.com/VUs3mixzBq
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 8, 2020
Here’s more from the last night show:
WOW! Watch Steve Bannon absolutely destroy INSANE Bill Maher, who claims @realDonaldTrump is a dictator, electoral college is rigged & debt isn’t an issue because “Trump is white”! 🤪 pic.twitter.com/2CSxH4utBc
— Maggie VandenBerghe 🇺🇸 (@FogCityMidge) February 8, 2020
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