Don't Give Up on Bernie Sanders Yet

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a town hall event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 2, 2016. REUT
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a town hall event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

The mainstream media almost convinced me Bernie Sanders had lost the Democratic nomination after his disappointing Super Tuesday. When I was told the bad news, I honestly thought it was all over and the inevitable candidates were going to be Trump or Clinton. And I was livid. I wasn't going to vote, politics was finally at its peak of corruption and the American public just didn't care enough about its future. I thought Sanders had lost the nomination and for a few days, a cloud hung over me that elections were just a facade and big money in politics simply couldn't be defeated.

But a month later, after many blowout wins by Sanders, and multiple self-inflicting wounds by Clinton, Bernie Sanders proved me wrong. Now more than ever, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally shining through. I thought his momentum was at a halt, but Sanders out-raised Clinton in both February and March (and that's without Super Pacs).

After Sanders wins both Wisconsin and Wyoming later this week, his train is going full steam ahead into New York. People assume that Sanders isn't the favorite in New York, but he's actually a Brooklyn native, who naturally comes off as an authentic, homemade Brooklynite. If Sanders can pull out a victory in New York, he will go on to win the Democratic nomination and then eventually the presidency. A win in Clinton's adopted back yard would push the Sanders campaign over the edge in momentum and cripple any inevitable belief that assumes Clinton will be the nominee.

The biggest mistake Clinton has made during this election season is attacking Sanders. Attacking the most moral candidate we've seen in quite some time is just an awful, embarrassing blundering misstep. It's as if the Clinton camp assumes people don't have access to the internet, won't fact check her, and will believe whatever she says. That's why she losing the under 40-age vote by a massive margin.

The first thing younger people do when they hear a candidate make an outlandish statement is check online to see if it's true. Look at Twitter, Facebook or Reddit, and Clinton overwhelmingly comes off like leprosy among people online. I'll say it again, I just don't see the same enthusiasm coming out of the Clinton camp.

And don't forget Clinton is under federal investigation. No one knows what's going to come of the current investigation, but the fact is she is under federal investigation! If any other candidate was placed under federal investigation, that's an automatic disqualification of being able to run for president of the United States.

But Democratic voters wanting to see women in power, don't give up hope! Sanders has stated he would like to see Elizabeth Warren in his cabinet and rising Democratic star, Tulsi Gabbard, who put her career on the line for Sanders, will also be highly regarded among the Sanders campaign. I could very well see (and vote for) either one of these respectable women for a Vice President or future President.

Sanders can still pull this thing out. He won his first mayoral campaign by 10 votes, beat a multi-millionaire businessman in the 2006 Vermont Senate race, and then was re-elected with 71 percent of the vote years later. Don't think for a second that there isn't still a warm, glowing light at the end of a dark tunnel that is the election process. And that light is shining brighter than ever for Bernie Sanders.