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Would Bernie Sanders have beaten Donald Trump?

In the wake of Hillary Clinton's stunning loss to Donald Trump, many progressives argued that if Democrats had nominated Bernie Sanders, he would have trounced Trump in the general. Clinton's defenders strongly disagree, and it's a schism that continues to divide the left as they struggle to find a way forward. If Bernie had been nominated, would we have President Sanders right now?Â đŸ‘ŽđŸ»

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Why are we still talking about this? Because after a crushing defeat, the Democrats need to figure out a way forward. Bernie and his supporters say that if the Dems don't move further left, focus on the white working class, reject corporate influence, and drop identity politics, they will keep losing. 

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Sanders never managed to connect with voters of color, who are historically the backbone of the Democratic Party. And many say Bernie would've lost because those voters would not shown up for him in a general election. Fusion writer Terrell Jermaine Starr argues:

Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic primary in large part because he failed to win the hearts of black progressives...his campaign never explained how black people fit into his vision of a radically changed America....campaign leadership didn’t really see the point in trying.
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But for mere 109,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (or just 128,000 votes more in Florida and Michigan), Hillary Clinton would be president. Sanders supporters argue that in a change election, an establishment candidate dogged by ethics controversies was the worst possible choice. Sanders, as a fresh face with a populist message, would've gotten those Rust Belt votes. Clinton just didn't have enough appeal to turn out the Obama coalition.

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Critics scoff that Sanders never actually had to face the GOP actually turning their guns on him. 

Their oppo research showed they planned to attack him for the fact he had been on unemployment into his mid-30s, that he co-sponsored a bill to dump Vermont’s nuclear waste on a poor Hispanic community in Texas, that he voted for the 1994 crime bill he skewered Clinton for supporting, that his universal healthcare system in Vermont collapsed due to out-of-control costs... the list goes on. Not to mention Jane Sanders' financial issues.  

Republicans would've turned him into a godless, socialist, tax-crazed caricature. As Kurt Eichenwald noted:

The belief that Sanders would have walked into the White House based on polls taken before anyone really attacked him is a delusion built on a scaffolding of political ignorance.The Republicans would have torn him apart.
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In a lengthy thread, Propane Jane breaks down why she thinks Sanders' failure to understand intersectionality of civil rights doomed him in the primary, and would've doomed him in the general.

Bernie couldn't have beat Trump because Bernie couldn't beat Hillary. Trump didn't beat Hillary either, he just committed theft and treason.
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But Sanders supporters argue the DNC and the establishment wanted Clinton, and greased the skids for her. Sanders could've done much better in a general election.

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But for many people, the fact that Hillary beat Bernie by more than three million votes proves there's no way he could have beaten Trump in the general.

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For many, Clinton was simply an irredeemably flawed candidate, whereas Sanders would've been an ideal foil to Trump.

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And they think Sanders could've turned out the white working-class voters Clinton lost.

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But a lot of Democrats feel strongly that focusing on the white working class would have been a betrayal of the party's values. Hillary won the popular vote by almost three million votes—doesn't that mean maybe the Democrats did something right?

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