In 2016 as many as 12% of Bernie Sanders supporters chose to vote for Donald Trump. An even higher number likely didn’t vote at all. This proved critical in helping Trump to win a few critical swing states and then go on to win the election over Hillary Clinton.
Now it’s 2020 and a similar scenario is playing out yet again as the Democrat Party elites continue to push Sanders to the sideline in favor of Joe Biden. The initial outrage by Sanders supporters appears to be even more volatile than four years earlier, leading a growing number to believe their support of President Trump in 2020 will eclipse the 12% that took place in 2016.
Read on to learn more.
Loyal Bernie Sanders supporters warned of a “massive exodus” from the Democratic Party if Joe Biden snags the party’s presidential nomination.
The socialist Vermont senator’s most vocal supporters, including “Bernie Bros,” could give President Trump and Republicans a boost if their preferred candidate does not make it to the general election, according to a New York Post report.
“We will never — NEVER boost or support Joe Biden or defend his abysmal record and terrible policy positions,” said Henry Williams, executive director of the Gravel Institute, a group founded “to carry on the life’s work of former U.S Senator Mike Gravel in fighting for global peace and democracy.”
“We will tell people, as we always have, to vote their conscience and to make decisions based on the interests of all the world’s oppressed people … I do expect a massive exodus from the Democratic Party,” he continued.
Bernie Bros uniting against Biden could be a nuisance to the former vice president if he snags the nomination. An estimated 12% of Sanders’s supporters voted for Trump in 2016, according to an analysis by Cooperative Congressional Election Study.
Sanders disavowed his more aggressive Bernie Bro supporters over their online attacks on his rivals.
Biden is currently polling at 45%, according to national polling averages, while Sanders has 34% support. Biden became the front-runner in the fight for delegates after strong performances in recent state contests, starting with South Carolina and the Super Tuesday primaries.