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Bernie Sanders Claims He Could Have Won Against Trump If He Had The Chance

Sen. Bernie Sanders declared recently that he “likely” would have defeated Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election if Democrats had chosen him instead of Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee.

However, according to Yahoo News, the Vermont lawmaker added that “it doesn’t matter” now that Trump is in the White House. During an appearance on “The Circus” on Showtime, Sanders said he learned from his experience on the campaign trail why the Republican candidate appealed to so many voters. “What I recognized was pain,” the senator explained. “All over this country, people are hurting and they are hurting very badly. Trump understood that … and that’s why he said, ‘The whole system sucks; I’m going to blow it up.’”

Sanders surprised pundits and political insiders by mounting an impressive challenge to Clinton in the primaries. He offered a progressive alternative to the more establishment views of the former secretary of state. The senator showed that a candidate can raise sufficient funds to mount a successful campaign without super PACs and contributions from billionaires.

Yahoo News noted that since the election, Sanders has repeatedly slammed Trump’s policies regarding economic and environmental issues. The political independent, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, advocates a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare system. He also favors free college tuition, a $15-per-hour minimum wage and getting the country off fossil fuels by 2050.

In a recent national survey by Harvard University and the Harris polling organization, 57 percent of voters said they viewed Sanders favorably. No other politician score above 50 percent. Only 40 percent gave Trump a favorable rating.

Sanders’ popularity is reflected by the large crowds he draws to his events, as he tours the country to promote legislation and lend support to progressive congressional candidates. The senator is urging the Democratic Party to “open its door to independents.” He said at a recent event that “we need a Democratic Party which is not the party of the liberal elite but a party of the working class of this country.”

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