A Not So Subtle Comparison Of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders
I’ve just had an encounter on Twitter with a few Donald Trump supporters. I can’t help but have the feeling that some of them see Trump as some sort of savior. Indeed, Trump acts like a savior, like someone who wants to make America great again. Yes, I have encountered some people sporting the #maga hashtag on their Twitter profiles.
When I hear Trump say that the stock market will tumble if he is impeached, or removed from office, or if he just loses the next election, I hear, “savior” in my mind. When I see news articles about conservatives expressing the sentiment that there will be a civil war if Trump isn’t allowed to finish his first term, and a second term, I hear, “savior” in my mind. When I see pictures of people sporting “Pray for 45” t-shirts, I hear the word, “savior” in my mind again. Isn’t that called, “idolatry”?
When I see Bernie Sanders on YouTube, or on video anywhere, when I see his fanatical supporters, I am reminded that Sanders told us all long ago…
“No president, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else, can do it alone. We don’t need a savior,” he continued.
“We need a political movement with millions of people.”
“See, there are people voting for Donald Trump, thinking he’s going to do it all,” the Vermont senator said.
“Wrong. The only way that real change ever takes place is when millions of people stand up and fight back. That’s what this campaign is about.”
That speech was reported by The Hill in a story about Bernie Sanders at a rally in 2016. I just never forgot that about Bernie. He says, “It’s not about me, it’s about us.”
With Trump, it’s all about Him, Him, and more Him. Oh, wait. Maybe I shouldn’t have capitalized “Him”. Trump is the most famous man on the planet. He’s practically a deity in American politics. So I have to admit that I find it somewhat amusing to see that guy getting booed at the World Series. He was booed at the Ultimate Fight Championship just last night. Booed at the UFC? Isn’t that Trump’s authoritarian crowd?
I’ve never seen or heard of Bernie Sanders getting booed. OK, well he was booed at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. But generally, he gets a pretty warm reception wherever he goes.