In 2016, young, idealistic voters and older ones disenchanted with establishment politics, became enamored of an obscure senator from the remote northeast, pledging their loyalty, donating what they could and working to get the out the primary vote in an effort that surprised pundits and politicians alike.

But with Hillary Clinton becoming the Democrat nominee, Sanders supporters aren’t automatically shifting allegiance, causing concern in the Clinton campaign.

The script had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton coasting to the nomination without challenge, drawing on the traditional alliances and the so-called “Obama coalition,” as well as women eager to vote for the nation’s first woman candidate of a major party.

That was until self-avowed Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declared his candidacy promoting income equality, free college tuition and single-payer health insurance for all, upending Clinton’s perfect ending.

Sanders won 23 state primaries, earning over 13 million votes, telling supporters that the system is “rigged” against the common man, but they held out hope that he could upset the party’s chosen candidate to win the nomination and they poured into Philadelphia ready to force a showdown.

It never happened.

Sanders capitulated even as the release of nearly 20,000 leaked emails from the DNC proved his accusation about a “rigged” nomination was not paranoia.

As his supporters wept, the curmudgeonly old uncle who had told them to dream of making a change suddenly explaining the political facts of life.

If Democrats believe disappointed Sanders voters will find solace in a candidate who is as much an insider as their hero was the outsider, they may be mistaken.

Those who waved signs proclaiming, “Feel the Bern” are not rushing to embrace the candidate who colluded with party operatives to sabotage Bernie’s campaign.

Nor did his supporters chanting, “Hell no DNC, we won’t vote for Hillary,” take it kindly when they were mocked from the podium by a comedian who told them they were “ridiculous.”

Instead, orphaned Sanders voters may line up behind Republican candidate Donald Trump because, despite his wealth, he, too is an outsider who wants to shake up the political establishment.



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