Sanders and Trump represent two different sides of American populism—and the uprisings they sparked could topple the established political order.
On November 9, the day after this year’s election, Donald Trump may well join Bernie Sanders as a footnote to U.S. history. But that doesn’t mean that their candidacies will vanish without a trace. In a decade or two, American politics may look as strange to us as the conservative politics of the 1980s looked from the liberal vantage point of the 1960s. And part of the reason will be Trump and Sanders, and what they revealed about the soft underbelly of our political system.
Trump and his followers are regularly denounced as fascist, nativist, misogynist, and racist. “We want him off the stage,” political scientist Peter Dreier declared in August, “and we want his racist followers to know that they represent a tiny sliver of America.” Sanders was dismissed by Clinton backers and Republicans as a “utopian socialist” whose supporters were “naïve idealists.” But such simplistic dismissals overlook something essential about both men’s campaigns—and about the impact they are likely to have.
h/t Norman in NY