Bernie Sanders is the people’s front-runner – a man with a heart who is on a mission. With the presidential candidacy in full swing, voters forget for whom they intended to vote and end up voting for who is more popular. Running for president should never be a popularity contest. It should always be about who is best for the issues at hand and how they can benefit the United States. One scenario this election season may have voters weighing those factors when deciding between Sanders and Donald Trump. If so, an examination of both candidates’ histories could prove useful.
- Freshly-appointed Mayor Sanders establishes the Burlington Community Land Trust for affordable housing.
- Sanders wins an award for his efforts from Jack Kep-led HUD.
- Trump spends up to $1,000 on hotel rooms and boasts about trashing enemies. He also says he is loyal to his friends, but admits to having very few.
- Trump says in 1985 that people are making him out to be more sinister than he really is.
- Sanders creates the National Program of Cancer Registries in 1994. “Reader’s Digest” calls it “the cancer weapon America needs most.” The registries help to gain important insights for researchers.
- Donald Trump complains about the press, saying, “The American press isn’t what I thought it was.” He is interviewed by “Playboy Magazine,” and predicts he will be on the Democratic ticket.
- Trump attacks the Mashantucket Pequot Nation in 1993, saying, “They don’t look like Indians to me.” H also remarks that the Mafia has infiltrated the Indian casinos.
- Sander’s efforts in 2008 doubles funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps Americans heat their homes during winter.
- Trump files suit against Native American tribes in 2003. He opens a college in his name called Trump University. It is later shut down because of lawsuits by the attorney general and students of the university, who claim the college is a scam.
- Trump is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 2010s and Today:
- Sanders secures $1.5 billion for the National Health Service Corps for scholarships and loan repayments, helping doctors and nurses who practice in low-income communities. In 2012, he becomes chairmen for the Senate Veterans’ Affair Committee.
- Trump boldly offers the new president of the United States, Barack Obama, $5 to produce his birth certificate.
- NBC cuts ties with Trump in 2015 after his remarks about immigration. Trump sues his own companies; Trump Entertainment, Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza Casinos, arguing they were not up to his standards.
After weighing in on the issues, it should be clear who is more qualified to run the United States, and who is running for president because it is some popularity game. Sanders is a president for the people. He has been a man on a mission for the commonwealth of the people of the United States from the very beginning.
Sanders is a man who cares whether or not the poor have heat for their homes. Trump cares whether or not the businesses that carry his name are up to his over-the-top standards.
Sanders cares that the people of the U.S. have a place to live, doing his best to do so by enacting an act to help the poor with houses to live in. Trump resides in $1,000 per night hotel rooms and thinks that trashing another person is okay.
Sanders creates a registry to help doctors find important research in the fight against cancer. Trump attacks an Indian tribe, accusing them of not looking Indian enough.
It is clear who should be a front-runner and who should not even be running. There is no telling why some think that Trump would be the better president vs. Sanders. Reviewing differences of the two candidates should help to put things in better perspective.
Opinion by Tracy Blake
bio.: Bernie Sanders
Playboy Magazine: Donald Trumps Interview
RollingStone: Donald Trumps Life and Career: A Timeline
The Atlantic: When Donald Trump Became a Celebrity
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