Bernie Sanders made himself an unlikely target for criticism among his detractors in the Democrat Party on Sunday, after rejecting an assertion from a questioner that he supported open borders.
A man asked how Bernie intended to sustain his vision of enlarged governmental social programs while supporting open borders. The Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate clarified that he did not support open borders, going into brief detail as to why he did not. Watch here:
“My point is that if you open the borders, you’re going to have people from all over the world. That is not my position.”
As milquetoast and basic as Sanders’ argument against a policy of open borders was, it became a target for derision among some on the progressive left unwilling to accept anything less. Some expressed indignation that Sanders would so much as even take a stance on the subject, stating that any conversation about the notion of open borders- a commonly suggested policy proposal in corporate media- was nothing more than cleverly disguised Republican propaganda.
The Koch brothers-funded corporate libertarian outlet Reason Foundation also published a piece criticizing Sanders for taking the most elementary stance possible in support of American workers by rejecting open migration to the United States. Increasingly centrists and liberals on both the left and “right” find themselves in league with one another in support of radical globalist policies that would import millions of new low-wage workers and voters into American society. If such an open borders vision were to be executed, it’s likely the American middle and working class would be crushed by an onslaught of cheap-labor competition, eventually resulting in the creation of a new Brazilian or Russian-style class system in the United States in which a small contingent of wealthy oligarchs have complete leverage over the vast impoverished masses.
Sanders still advocates for a massive amnesty of up to twelve million illegal immigrants and the drastic neutering of immigration law enforcement agencies such as ICE in the United States. However, one can’t help but notice the irony that his immigration policy views are probably well on the right of what’s commonly proposed by Democratic Party presidential candidates and legislators. Julian Castro, another Democratic Presidential candidate, potentially represents the left wing of Democratic Party opinion migration. Castro has called for the full decriminalization of illegal migration, potentially opening the southern border up to unprecedented waves of crossings that could make the caravans appear no greater than small formations in comparison.
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POLL: 15% of Sanders Supporters Plan to Vote For Donald Trump in November
They prefer Trump to an establishment Democrat.
New polling from ABC suggests that Donald Trump is primed to win over a significant share of Bernie Sanders primary voters in the November general election, suggesting that some of Bernie’s Bros don’t intend to bend the knee to likely establishment Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The poll reveals that 15% of self-identifying Bernie Sanders supporters already plan on voting for Trump in November. President Trump ultimately ended up winning the votes of 12% of 2016 Sanders supporters, suggesting he’s increased his appeal to the democratic socialist’s supporters.
Some centrist Democrats have expressed their personal distaste of Sanders(and some Gabbard) supporters on account of their perceived unwillingness to vote for the Democratic nominee, forgetting that it’s the obligation of American political candidates to win the votes of citizens who chose to support their opponents in primaries.
While Trump and Sanders are on opposite ends of the American political spectrum, they could be compared in a sense that they’re both considered political populists. Trump’s policy positions on trade, some foreign policy, and American manufacturing are closer to the Sanders’ views than Joe Biden’s reheated neoliberal political program.
Perhaps even more significantly, the poll shows that Biden gauges the lowest ever recorded “enthusiasm level” for a Democratic Presidential nominee. A paltry 24% of likely Biden voters describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” to vote for him in November.
With a voter base that seems lethargic in an unprecedented fashion, it’s possible that Joe Biden could go down as the most “low energy” major Presidential candidate in recent American political history.
The poll’s general election survey reveals a tight contest between Biden and Trump, with the former Vice President leading within the margin of error by 49% to 47%. Trump’s polling has improved significantly in recent weeks in ABC’s surveys, in part because of high public approval of the federal response to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
Biden seems to have largely disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the historical epidemic, only sparsely appearing on public broadcasts in bizarre gaffe-filled livestreams from a converted recreation room in his Delaware home.
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