A guy who made a living on casinos, bankruptcy and firing people on a television, one day claimed that he will get Americans their jobs back by deciding to run for the Presidential election.
He had all the makings of a politician,money, fame and a catch phrase and also a million dollar in merchandize.
On the other hand, another woman was making a headline. She was the matriarch of the most powerful family in America and she had ‘experience’.
From 1986 to 1992, she was a board member of the Wal-Mart, became the first lady of American and eventually Secretary of state. But, there was only one problem, the FBI.
FBI had been after the Clintons for years, but never got them. It was not them or Trumps that she had to worry about, Bernie Sanders. He wasn’t even a member of the Democratic Party and took a long shot at becoming the President.
For 30 years, Bernie’s words had remained the same and it wasn’t his words that inspired people, but his arithmetic. “Walmart heirs own more wealth than the bottom 40% of this country,” he said in one of his public speeches.
The sad fact that remained was that the people did not know or still don’t know how capable he was and the media made sure it remained that way.
In the primaries, Hillary and Bernie were set for the battle. In Iowa, Bernie defied poles by losing to Hillary by less than a percentage point. A week later, he shocked the nation and won New Hampshire. The deep south was Clinton country and Bernie could not resonate with people’s minds. While Trump was capturing peoples fears, Bernie was capturing their hearts. The Millenials started showing up for him. He said things that they never heard from a Democratic Presidential candidate.
He talked about economic instability in America’s middle class, he talked about the gravity of Climate Change and talked about free college.
His history is even more significant to know who really is. He was a civil rights activist and marched with Martin Luther King, but now was forgotten for people like John Lewis.
On the other hand, the more Trump insulted people, the more he was put on the television. The more press he got, the more votes he got and in no time, he was dominating the Republican primaries.
Bernie couldn’t get on a major network and Hillary couldn’t escape the press for her email scandals. While Hillary’s approval dropped, Bernies soared nationwide.
The first six debates held during prime time football ensuring modest ratings, Bernie felt that the national committee was protecting Hillary. He wanted a chance to spread his message to the masses on mainstream tv, but that wasn’t enough. Bernie supporters claimed that they were prevented from getting to the polls and voting.
The alleged voter oppression in the Democratic primaries was briefly covered by the mainstream media and quickly forgotten. But the friction led to a clash between Bernies supporters and the Clintons’.
Californie was Bernie’s last chance to revive. The night before the California primary, the AP made and announcement. Before anybody could vote, they called the race as their pools showed Hillary winning by a huge margin even though superdelegates couldn’t vote until July. Bernie lost California and pressure mounted on him to end his campaign.
Bernie promised to launch a massive floor fight and come out the winner. His supporters pledged to to storm the Philadelphia streets if he didn’t get the nomination. They thought that the DNC had cheated Bernie. Some believed that it was actively working with the Press to smear him and slow his campaign. Everybody from Barack Obama to Elizabeth Warren supported Hillary. As they all thought Hillary would get it, the media finally put Bernie on prime time TV but the endorsement never happened.
Finally, in July 12, 2016, Bernie Sanders, the man who once said never to give up on your rage, suddenly felt silent by supporting Hillary Clinton for President.
But once a man is woken up, it’s hard to go back to sleep.