Toward the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were viewed as the two most populist candidates on the edge of each spectrum.
But their differences have also been marked by several overlaps where they see eye-to-eye.
Both candidates have railed against the Washington establishment that leaves many Americans disenfranchised, and both Trump and Bernie have called out the rigged political system and corruption relied on to select a president.
With many Bernie supporters now fuming after their candidate endorsed opponent Hillary Clinton Tuesday, here are a few reasons Sanders’ followers should consider casting their votes for Donald Trump.
1. Bernie and Trump agree on Free Trade
Trump has made it a staple at nearly every campaign rally to point out that he and Bernie Sanders view international trade through a similar lens.
“We both agree that we’re getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with,” Trump told CNN’s State of the Union in February.
During his jobs speech in Pennsylvania last month, Trump also outlined how Bernie has called Hillary out on trade.
“As Bernie Sanders said, Hillary Clinton ‘voted for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs.’”
Trump however has differentiated himself from the Vermont senator by adding he is likely the only candidate who can revise the current trade situation, saying, “The difference is, I can do something about it. I’m going to renegotiate those trade deals and make them good – and, believe me, they’re going to be really good.”
Following news that Bernie had endorsed Hillary, Trump reached out to the senator’s more idealistic supporters asking them to support a Trump presidency “to stop bad trade deals.”
To all the Bernie voters who want to stop bad trade deals & global special interests, we welcome you with open arms. People first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2016
2. Bernie, Trump agree: Hillary’s Foreign Policy a disaster
While ignoring the Benghazi debacle, Bernie did make note of other Hillary foreign policy mishaps, particularly her support for the Iraq war and her decision to invade Libya.
“When it comes to foreign policy, we cannot forget that Secretary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in modern American history, and that she has been a proponent of regime change, as in Libya, without thinking through the consequences,” Sanders said last month.
Meanwhile, Trump has taken apart Hillary’s foreign policy instincts by highlighting her “bad judgement” during the Benghazi situation, including the fact she lied to parents of the victims, telling them their kin’s death was the result of an internet video and not the result of an orchestrated terror attack.
The GOP presidential hopeful even made Clinton’s Benghazi lies number one in his list at the website LyingCrookedHillary.com.
Hillary has no shame! The Benghazi attacks were a preventable tragedy disgraced further by Hillary’s web of lies.
She knew within hours that the attacks in Benghazi were a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest due to a You Tube Video. But she lied anyways. She stood in front of the flag-draped coffins of four Americans that died serving their country and peddled the lie that the video was to blame both to the victims’ families and the American public.
Last December, Trump also took Hillary to task asserting her “stupid policies” killed “hundreds of thousands.”
“She is the one that caused all this problem with her stupid policies,” Trump said on Fox News Sunday. “You look at what she did with Libya, what she did with Syria. Look at Egypt, what happened with Egypt, a total mess. They don’t back — we don’t back any of our allies. You look, she was truly, if not ‘the,’ one of the worst secretary of states in the history of the country. She talks about me being dangerous. She’s killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.”
Indeed, Senator Sanders has also alleged Hillary’s pursuit of regime change in Libya spurred the rise of ISIS.
“I voted against the war in Iraq … Secretary Clinton voted for that war. She was proud to have been involved in regime change in Libya, with [Muammar] Gaddafi, without worrying, I think, about what happened the day after and the kind of instability and the rise of Isis that we have seen in Libya,” Sanders told The Guardian at the end of last year.
3. Bernie, Trump agree: Hillary “Not Qualified” for President
One of Trump’s favorite lines from Bernie’s campaign is the time the Vermont senator said his opponent Hillary was unfit for office.
During a rally in Philadelphia in April, Bernie took the gloves off as he laid one of the most devastating and insightful criticisms on the former First Lady concerning her eligibility for the office.
“She has been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote-un-quote, not qualified to be president,” Sanders said. “Let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton, I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds. I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your Super PAC. I don’t think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I don’t think you are qualified if you supported the Panama free trade agreement.”
Later Trump echoed the sentiments ad infinitum to his supporters – giving Bernie full credit.
I said that Crooked Hillary Clinton is "not qualified" to be president because she has "very bad judgement" – Bernie said the same thing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2016
“Hillary is a disaster, folks. She has bad judgment,” Trump said in May.
“That was said by Bernie Sanders . . . He’s given me a lot of my best lines. I mean, he has given me such great lines on her, and if I say it, they’re gonna say, ‘That’s not a nice thing to say,’ so I always refer to Bernie Sanders.”
A recent compilation from the Trump camp depicts several times during Bernie’s campaign that he related Hillary was unfit to serve as president.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2016
4. Trump, Bernie agree: Political process a “rigged system”
Even before he secured the Republican nomination, Donald Trump was slamming the rigged delegate process that kept awarding states he’d won to GOP opponent Ted Cruz.
But Bernie was also being screwed over, winning a majority of numerous states’ popular votes only to lose primaries and caucuses to Hillary over obscure superdelegate rules.
Toward the end of his campaign, Bernie started taking a line out of Trump’s book and began calling out the “rigged system.”
“When we talk about a rigged system, it’s also important to understand how the Democratic convention works,” Bernie said in May. “We have won 45 percent of pledged delegates, but we have only earned 7 percent of superdelegates, so in other words, the way the system works is you have establishment candidates who win virtually all of the superdelegates. It makes it hard for insurgent candidacies like ours to win.”
Trump took note of this and mentioned it in a speech slamming Hillary and welcoming Bernie supporters into the fold.
We will never be able to fix a rigged system by counting on the same people who rigged it in the first place.
The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money.
That’s why we’re asking Bernie Sanders’ voters to join our movement: so together we can fix the system for ALL Americans. Importantly, this includes fixing all of our many disastrous trade deals.
Because it’s not just the political system that’s rigged. It’s the whole economy.
5. Third of Bernie voters will not support Hillary
The disdain among Bernie voters for the former secretary of state is so great, many would rather not vote Democrat after she wins her party’s nomination.
In a March Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 33 percent of Sanders supporters said they had an unfavorable view of Clinton and expressed they would not vote for her in November.
Indeed many supporters were aghast Tuesday when Bernie threw his support behind Hillary two weeks ahead of the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.
— Luis (@dinfiv) July 12, 2016
— BLACK CENTRAL™ (@goblackcentral) July 12, 2016
Welp, Bernie. "I will make it clear as possible, as to why I'm endorsing Hillary Clinton." #NeverHillary We won't follow you there.
— aaron bowersock (@abowersock) July 12, 2016
Some polls have also shown that Bernie voters would rather back Trump than Hillary.
A Fox News exit poll in West Virginia, for example, showed that one in three Democrats said they would prefer Trump over Clinton.
While Bernie’s platform has been one of revolution and change, Hillary’s has focused on asserting she will continue many of the Obama administration’s disastrous policies. If Bernie supporters are disappointed with their candidate and do not want to embrace the typical corrupt politician, they still have an optional Trump card in November.