For the love of Bernie Sanders, Trump isn’t a success story


Abigail Barrett, Editor-in-Chief

I’m not going to waste my time and yours trying to convince Bernie haters that he should get their vote, I’m just simply about to use this space to clear up untrue rumors about the two most opposite characters in this election, esteemed businessman Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders and Trump are respectively portrayed as a raging, decrepit communist and an economic wizard, albeit racist, who is steadily getting closer to the Republican nomination, and then ever-closer to presidency.

Let me just state this bluntly, Trump isn’t all that successful. Most of his success came from the inheritance his father left him and the exploitation of his “brand,” that being simply his name, being splattered on buildings across the world that he doesn’t even own, according to a segment from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” In fact, Oliver mentioned seven companies that were guaranteed greatness from their owner, Trump, that fell through into extinction. These ranged from fashion magazines to vodka companies, flight agencies to a steak brand.

So with the “successful” business man trope stomped into oblivion, here comes my next point. Trump blubbered in a rally on Feb. 26 that he, as president, will “open up our libel laws so when [newspapers] write purposely negative stories … we can sue them and make lots of money,” according to

Not only is this a violation of a first amendment right, a right that America was built upon, but it’s downright insane. For those who don’t know, libel is a FALSE statement published to make a certain individual look bad. Trump is saying that whether it’s true or not, any unflattering thing the press may say about you can be sued. Let’s totally limit the press. Sue them for printing truthful, accurate representations. I dare you.

And need I even comment on his violent manner and disregard for the power his words have on people? I probably don’t, but I will. According to the Huffington Post, on all of the days that Trump has had a rally, there adds up to be a total of 61 arrests/citations in the particular cities he rallied in. Forty-seven of the total arrests/citations were at the rallies. There have also been 28 reports of physical violence at his rallies. If that doesn’t convince you, I’ll just let Trump speak for himself. Get ready.

“I’d like to punch him in the face,” Trump said of a protester at a rally in Nevada.

Now for Bernie, sweet, lovely Bernie. On Tues., March 15, three major news networks, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all ignored Sanders’ speech to instead broadcast an empty screen “awaiting Trump.” All through the election process nobody has given Sanders any clout. “He’ll never beat Hillary,” they say. “He’s too old, too socialist for this country,” they say. But who has won the last seven primaries (as of Mon. April 18)? Not Clinton. Sanders.

And the rumors that America won’t elect a socialist? Well, “America’s most successful and beloved government programs are social insurance, social security and Medicare,” according to a video titled “6 Responses to Bernie Sanders Skeptics” hosted by political commentator Robert B. Reich.

He also had 27,000 people show up to his rally on April 13 in Washington Square Park in NYC, filling the park.

“Enthusiastic crowds overflowed Washington Square Park in Manhattan and spilled out into the street Wednesday night to hear Bernie Sanders speak,” an article in the New York Times said.

Sander’s is out there pushing for an America that everyone can benefit from while Trump is vouching for one that will work for rich white men for a couple years max, and then everything will be in shambles. But as I said before, I’m not trying to change opinions, only open minds to the possibility that these two men aren’t exactly what they’re portrayed to be.