Why Many Sanders Voters Will Vote Trump If Bernie Is Denied the Nomination
The NYC Board of Elections has just announced that it will not count over 90,000 provisional ballots from Brooklyn in the critical New York primary, after city and state officials said that hundreds of thousands of registered Democrats were stripped from the voter roles in Brooklyn alone. Two NYC officials have already been suspended without pay, and both state and city government investigations are in progress.
The classic voter suppression move was clearly aimed against Sanders. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the rolls were purged of "entire buildings and blocks of voters," which may not make sense until one realizes, as one Brooklyn voter noted on a Sanders Facebook page, that some parts of Brooklyn are practically "Millennials City," with entire high-rises occupied by students and young professionals. "If there were anyplace to strip entire blocks and buildings full of likely Sanders voters from the roles, Brooklyn would be the place to do it."
And so the grotesquely corrupt, thoroughly undemocratic Democratic establishment continues with its string of cheating victories for Clinton at key junctures in the calendar of primaries, including Massachusetts, Arizona, Illinois, and New York, but astoundingly still expects Sanders voters will fall into line when they find they have no place to go, and the object is to "stop Trump."
According to Reuters, one-half of all Americans now think the primary process is "rigged."
What the Democratic establishment does not understand is that, as repulsive as Trump is, he represents a wild card, whereas Hillary represents 100% more of the same, status quo, business as usual. Trump is as much of an outsider on the right as Sanders is on the left. But he's an outsider, and Sanders voters include many independents who vote for either party.
Some of the most popular social media groups are unequivocal, with names like "Bernie or Bust" and "Stop Hillary."
More war, more welfare for the rich, more cheating more lying more throwing workers under the bus. This is business as usual. What does not escape many is that Trump came across his victory in the primaries in an honest way. He may be wrong, but he won his nomination in a democratic fashion compared to Hillary.
Democracy can survive a process in which people with different points of view take sides, argue, and abide by results which all sides see as mostly fair. If you lose, you are motivated to work harder, argue more persuasively, do better next time.
What democracy cannot survive is a total loss of faith in the process itself, a belief that it doesn't matter who works harder, the fix is in.
John F. Kennedy said "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable."
We have seen cheating before, but in the past it resembled islands of corruption, perhaps important ones, in a sea of more or less fair vote-counting. This season, Hillary and her forces have raised election-stealing to a new level. According to mathematical analysis, it is impossible that exit polls have not just erred, but break in the same manner in the last 20 out of 22 Democratic primaries, which suggest Sanders actually won many of them.
Eyewitnesses at audits seem to confirm what the numbers suggest. In Chicago, eyewitnesses described what amounts to felony vote tampering at a Chicago hand-count audit. So far no criminal charges have been filed.
For all his bellicose talk, Trump has never actually, in real life, helped start wars, like Hillary with her Iraq war vote, and with her bellicose speeches before that vote on the floor of the Senate. Trump has never helped run guns and money to people who turned out to be hostile to America, as Hillary did in Syria while Secretary of State.
Jeffrey Sachs, the Harvard economist, now a special advisor to the UN, wrote of Clinton's claim that she had helped "negotiate" a Syrian ceasefire:
"This is the kind of compulsive misrepresentation that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton’s role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close."
Trump says stupid, obnoxious, offensive things. But Hillary has blood on her hands. Which is worse?
Hillary just rattled sabres with iran, undermining Obama's nuke deal and saying at the Brookings Institution “I don’t believe Iran is our partner in this agreement. Iran is the subject of the agreement,” and “I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon."
In the same speech, Clinton said she would dramatically escalate efforts to arm the Syrian opposition against Assad, and suggested deploying additional U.S. forces to the Persian Gulf region
None other than Trump recently called Clinton "trigger-happy."
If Hillary is ever president, we can assume we will soon be at war with Iran, which would bring us to the brink of World War III. How much worse than that could Trump be?
Hillary never met a job-killing trade deal she didn't like, like NAFTA or TPP, never met an oil industry or shady Wall Street practice she wouldn't support, like fracking or the bank bail-outs. All that we know about Trump is that we don't know much. He will say anything to please the crowd, to pander to the audience. Good thing Hillary never does that.
Trump is not a racist, but he has said things which smack of religious bigotry ("Islam hates America.") The trouble with Trump is you don't know how much of what he says he really believes, or is gauging for reaction. He is at bottom a cosmopolitan New Yorker used to working with and living near all kinds of people.
Trump may be the devil we don't know, but Hillary is the one we definitely do.
It took the disastrous presidency of Herbert Hoover to pave the way for FDR. History has precedents for bad presidents who came before good ones. If Trump is a terrible president, in four years the rotten core of this Democratic party will be carved out, as people lay the blame squarely where it belongs.
As a man without a party, nor with deep tentacles into the world of Washington, the Pentagon, nor any other power center, Trump would be ill-equipped to do much damage. Clinton has all these things, and is well-positioned to carry out a disastrous corporate, crypto-Neocon agenda.
Trump will be he most vulnerable president to impeachment in decades, and if elected, his reign could well be one of the shortest in history. The Republican establishment already hates him.
Of course all this could be avoided were the DNC to renounce the corrupted primaries, split those delegates 50-50, and let the rest of the primaries proceed with no more cheating.
Otherwise, Trump will at least shake things up in unpredictable ways, then when the corrupt and amoral Democratic establishment is buried and no more, it will be left to a new generation to pick up the pieces and rebuild true democracy.