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Lessons to learn from Sanders’ voters helping to elect Trump

Earl O. Hutchinson | 8/31/2017, 5:59 a.m.

That means a Democrat who will crack down on Wall Street, reinstate the Glass-Steagall firewall on the banks, fight for hard-nosed regulations on the financial industry, and even demand, as Sanders did, that the big banks be broken up. The Democratic party must convince them that its candidate will fight to slap a hefty tax bill on the wealthy and major corporations and call for a single-payer health care plan.

The second lesson is that the Democrats must figure out a way to duplicate the passion and fervor that Sanders instilled in his backers by moving close to his positions on Wall Street, the banks, and health care to make them show up on Election Day in 2018 and 2020.

Trump and Sanders showed in their own way that a presidential candidate can have a seemingly radical program or no program at all and still fire up millions and get them to go to the polls. The brutal reality is that many of Sanders’ backers to the eternal embarrassment of Sanders and the Democrats did help put Trump in the Oval Office. And it could happen again, if the lessons from that aren’t learned.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.