Many objections were raised to my article "The Trump phenomenon shakes the U.S." published in Daily Sabah in February 2016. Actually, our "U.S. pundits" constituted the majority, saying that Trump was overrated; he would fail to convince the U.S. with his "reckless teenage" manners and had no chance against Hillary Clinton. Four months after the article, Trump was officially nominated by the Republicans, and nine months later he was elected president of the United States.
When I look at the way the U.S. election process is going, I see that the only candidate who is on the rise is Bernie Sanders. Indeed, Sanders was the only figure to challenge Clinton in 2016 in the nomination race within the Democratic Party. According to some, Bernie could not be elected because the party's entrenched structure intervened to get Clinton elected. When you look at the "superdelegate" system, it is not a very unfair claim at all. Although four years have passed, Sanders still stands today as the most unifying figure in the Democratic base.
Despite all the contrasts between them, Trump and Sanders have one thing in common. It would not be wrong to say that the crowds who prefer either one are fed up with the political status quo that dominates Washington. Just as Trump did not hail from within the Republicans, Sanders has never been a typical Democratic Party member either.
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