Two Brilliant Bigots: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Are More Similar Than You Think
Politics and Activism

Two Brilliant Bigots: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Are More Similar Than You Think

So Different, yet so Similar.


The 2016 presidential elections have been taken over by clever catchphrases, rioting on the street, and a level of bigotry from a beloved socialist, and a radical conservative who no one seems to get. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, on television seem like polar opposites based on what they believe is best for the country. However, when looking more into their policies, the similarities that these two candidates share are quite disturbing, no matter how badly the media would like to tell you otherwise.

Disclaimer: No, this is not a pro-Sanders or pro-Trump point of view. I actually have no leg in this race as my candidate with his own clever hashtag left the race far too early.

The first thing I want people to do is to watch a Donald Trump speech. Now take a shot every time he mentions a wall or blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems.

Now that you’re done, do the same for Bernie Sanders and take a shot every time he blames the 1% for our problems or any time he mentions the word “free”.

You’ve probably taken the same number of shots for those two respective speeches, and now you can see where the similarities start.

Now whether people like to admit it or not, the 1 percent of people who own 40 percent of the wealth are in fact minority groups. According to the definition of minority, it is a small percentage of people never exceeding 50%. Just like the illegal immigrants and Muslims Donald Trump will blame, Bernie Sanders will blame the 1% for all our problems in a very similar way.

However if you think the similarities end there, you’re horribly mistaken. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have what the media considers very radical ideas. Donald Trump wants to force Mexico to build a wall keeping Mexicans out of America and also wants to ban Muslim people from entering our country. People will ask, how can someone as wonderful as Bernie compare to such a terrible person? Well, does taxing 1 percent more than half their wealth in the interest of “fairness” seem a bit outlandish to you? Maybe, but if someone says “Hey, I see you’re making a lot of money over here. You can keep half and the rest goes to these guys over here. If that’s your idea of fair, I have questions about what you consider fair.”

When you look at both of the positions they have taken, they have been rather similar but only one of them gets all the credit for “his” way of thinking. Both of them have been against the Iraq War, both of them are currently against the “Common Core” school system and both of them have been strongly against NAFTA. Yet, it seems a bit odd that one of them is praised for those positions and the media condemns the other candidate for those same positions. And guess who’s who?

Lastly, the reasons behind people supporting these two candidates are more similar than they want to admit. People are sick and tired of the same old boring candidate with a checkered past in politics. Donald Trump is every bit of change the Republican Party needs, focusing on the power of media has and making sure he looks as good with the media as humanly possible. Whether it’s the contrast- Jeb Bush looking tired, John Kasich appearing older than he is, Marco Rubio looking too young to be in the debate and Ben Carson looking completely out of place- or something else, Trump has shown the Republican Party how to win over the media, and the delegates. With Senator Sanders it’s a very similar approach. The Democratic Socialist has taken many stances that aren’t very common and seem rather easy to take. These include his takes on health care and education, and trying to end the corruption that exists within the government. He refuses to accept the political norm of taking money from big companies, but rather accept 27 dollar donations from the average American striving to make America as great as it can be.

Both Sanders and Trump have taken extreme approaches and have had these pay off massively. Both candidates have been able to win over many people and have been able to show their respective parties how you can truly break new ground and win over the people.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Minorities are consistently under-represented in our day-to-day lives, notably in the world of fashion. It's likely you're looking for a way to support black artists. Whether that's the case or you're just a fashion-lover in general, these brands aren't just some of the best black-owned fashion brands — they're some of the most innovative brands of our time, period.

From luxury staples to fun accessories and loungewear, these brands aren't just stunning names you should definitely be following on Instagram, each honors the founder's roots in unique ways with the power of storytelling through artistic expression that manifests in pieces we can't wait to wear.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

10 Home Items You Need For Stress Relief, On The Days You 'Literally Cannot'

Fill your home with peaceful, calming coping mechanisms.

I'd like to think that 2020 is teaching us a lot. Or will teach us a lot. Or will be a story we tell at parties one day. Ultimately, this year has been — and is probably going to continue to be — a bit of a mess.

At the beginning of the year, Australia was on fire and we mourned the death of Kobe Bryant. Then, coronavirus (COVID-19) took our spring and shut us in our homes, inciting panic over public health and sparking political upheaval at every decision made by local and federal officials alike. Now, a week after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a nationwide conversation is reignited with protests regarding racial injustice in the United States. There is an enormous amount of tension, hurt, and change that is upon the American people.

Keep Reading... Show less

No matter who you are (an introvert, person of color, member of the LGBTQ+ community, Scorpio, TikToker, you name it), we want to hear what dating in America is like for you and the thoughts you have while working through the talking stage, first dates, navigating love, working through dating problems, etc.

Keep Reading... Show less

30 Black-Owned Skincare Brands Every Beauty-Lover Should Know About In 2020

They're not changing the game — they're making a new one.

Skin is something most beauty-lovers obsess over from our early teens, whether our aim is to be glowier, softer, dewier, or poreless, most of us are consistently tracking a new skincare goal. No matter how many products we try, we'll likely forage on with the goal of IRL Photoshopped skin, no matter how many dollars go to them.

The black-founded skincare brands below are the brainchildren of extreme dedication and resilience within the privileged world of beauty. Born out of resilient entrepreneurs overcoming circumstance in a world that does not favor business people of color, these brands have loyal cult followings, and with good reason.

Keep Reading... Show less

A huge part of being in a relationship is communication and, well, part of communication is listening. So, why not have a little fun with your partner and see just how well they know you?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

7 Ways You Can Safely Attend A Protest In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Wear a mask, but speak up.

It seems like coronavirus (COVID-19) has been around forever now. Life before masks and with public sporting events is a distant memory, hoping to make a comeback sometime this year. We've all had to make some sort of life changes to abide by this pandemic's rules. But that doesn't mean everything has stopped. On May 25, George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, sparking a cry for justice and racial equality across the nation.

For the last week, protests have taken place in major cities like New York City, LA, DC, Chicago, Phoenix, Portland, Dallas, and Floyd's hometown of Minneapolis. Many of the cities experiencing protests have begun phased reopening, while others (specifically New York City and LA) have yet to begin phase one of post-coronavirus reopening.

As COVID-19 is hardly in our rearview mirror, there are extra precautions protestors can take as they advocate for justice.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Helpful, Effective Mental Health Resources Specifically For The Black Community

These organizations are qualified, caring, and acknowledging the mental trauma individuals are experiencing.

On May 25, George Floyd died after being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer. In the last week, protests have sprung up across the nation, demanding justice for Floyd and accountability for police brutality. Social media has also seen widespread conversation regarding Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter, and racism in the United States. Today is #BlackoutTuesday, where many are sharing a single black square to represent unity and support for Black voices.

In light of the heavy climate that our country is facing, it is a safe assumption that many individuals' mental health may be suffering. We wanted to highlight mental health resources and organizations that are Black-owned and prepared to assist in whatever you're going through.

Keep Reading... Show less

15 Black-Owned Haircare Brands That Cater As Much To Inclusivity As They Do To Your Locks

Championing Black entrepreneurs who make some of our hair favorites.

The haircare industry is vast. With the rise of social media came hundreds of thousands of empowered, niche brands. Single entrepreneurs came out of the woodwork with hair brands that now, years later, have dedicated cult followings.

Of those multitudes of brands, few cater to all hair types, most made without regard for curly or coily hair. These brands, however, are different.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments