The excuses are piling up: Bernie is losing because of the deep south, or voter fraud, or superdelegates, or super PACs, or the DNC, or the “establishment,” or because he isn’t trying, or because poor people don’t vote.
Here’s the reality: Hillary is winning because Hillary has more votes and is energizing more people. But you wouldn’t know that if you listened to Bernie and his surrogates. Their excuses for losing are a veiled attempt to delegitimize Hillary’s success. It’s a tactic that Donald Trump is using too, suggesting a “rigged” system accounts for her success.
Now, the Washington Post reports:
Bernie Sanders said Saturday that many of his losses to Hillary Clinton in Democratic primaries were because “poor people don’t vote.”
But then there’s this:
It’s not clear that larger turnout among poor voters would have actually helped Sanders against Clinton, however. Sanders has lost Democratic voters with household incomes below $50,000 by 55 percent to 44 percent to Clinton across primaries where network exit polls have been conducted.
In other words, if more poor people voted, Bernie would lose more ground to Hillary.
This graphic being shared today on social media is particularly apt:
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)