Bernie Sanders: The crusade against the establishment and status quo must go on

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Make no mistake, settling for Hillary Clinton means d  to acquire the number of delegates needed, he has to keep fighting. It is, as it always should have been, about the movement, not the man.

If Sanders drops out from the race, he will only be benefitting the Republican candidate, which is likely to be Donald Trump. According to a poll conducted by The Hill, nearly 50 percent of Sanders’ West Virginia voters would back Trump if Sanders was to drop out of the race; this is because voters in America are looking for someone independent who doesn’t conform to establishment ideals to win the presidency. An NBC poll found that 50 percent of Americans consider themselves independent, and fewer than 30 percent align with either major party. It is hard to deny that the biggest political revolutionary after Sanders is Trump. Sanders’ dropping out would be a death wish for America’s political and economic trajectory.

Even under the assumption that Sanders’ delegate count makes it mathematically infeasible for him to win, he should still stay in the race. Recently, anti-Sanders and pro-Hillary activists have cited Clinton’s supremacy in delegate count as a primary reason as to why Bernie should drop out. However, Sanders is unlike any other candidate in presidential history. Looking at just about every other metric, Sanders is very much still an active and forward presidential candidate.

In the New York primary, Sanders was able to raise the funds and support to outpace Clinton’s advertising by a 2:1 ratio. Although, as the numbers pile up, it may become more difficult to win, Sanders has an unprecedented opportunity to leave a stamp on the Democratic party process. By remaining in primaries, caucuses, and raising money and masses of people, Sanders can show the extent to which his message applies to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Sanders’s unprecedented rise to political power underscores a large leftward swing in political standing among millennials.

All of this gives Sanders the political leverage to gain concessions from the Clinton campaign and have policies passed that are more reflective of the American population and its needs. In either world, Sanders’s revolutionary politics mark a stark and refreshing departure from conventional standards of political campaigning that persist today.

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