Bernie Sanders can absolutely defeat Donald Trump, write Meagan Day and Matt Karp of Jacobin Magazine. Americans chose Trump over Hillary Clinton, a centrist from the Democratic establishment who was correctly seen as someone who would maintain the status quo. Her inability to motivate voters resulted in low turnouts among Democrats, handing Trump victory. Sanders is creating a huge surge of enthusiasm across the country, crucially so in the Obama-voting counties that chose Trump in 2016. His ability to motivate groups, like young people and minorities, is unmatched. Coming from the outside, he offers a refreshing message that resonates with voters.
Bernie Sanders is too risky of a candidate to beat Donald Trump, asserts Timothy Egan of the New York Times. While his ideas have fuelled a much-needed national conversation on healthcare and income inequality, Americans are uneasy about a democratic socialist in the White House. Whether he can replicate his popularity among young people with the rest of the population in a general election is doubtful. Additionally, his politics will make him a major target for Republicans, who will go after him with everything they have. The 'socialism' label will hurt him here and give Trump a major advantage. Democrats need to choose a more unifying candidate.