With the presidential primaries inching closer and closer, it’s really too soon to call who will win the nomination of either the Democratic or Republican party. However, one vote that is already taking place is starting to show a clear winner.
In TIME’s annual Person of the Year vote, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is winning… by a lot. He has more than double the votes of Malala Yousafzai who is in second place. He also has far more votes than Pope Francis, President Obama and Stephen Colbert — nearly combined:
Sanders may be trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls nationally for the Democratic nomination for president, but he’s clearly not lacking in popularity. It will be interesting to see how the results of this poll may play into how primary voters see the Vermont Democratic-Socialist.
TIME writes of Sanders:
“Sanders, who was little-known when he began his unlikely bid for president in April, has become a hero on the Democratic left among progressives disillusioned by growing income inequality and money in politics. With a little over two months until the Iowa caucuses, Sanders faces tough odds to win the Democratic nomination. But he has cast a long shadow over the Democratic primary with his ability to introduce a progressive wish-list including breaking up the big banks, instituting public financing of elections, socialistic single-payer healthcare system and tuition free college at public institutions.”
Past winners of TIME’s Person of the Year include Pope Francis, President Barack Obama, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Ronald Reagan to name a few.
Currently, Sanders is a breath of fresh air coming from the far left. He’s the antithesis of the bigoted, ultra-conservative, capitalistic, zero regulation, cutting taxes for the wealthy, pro-war rhetoric being spewed by every single one of the Republican presidential candidates. Especially the GOP frontrunner, real estate mogul Donald Trump, who’s racist rhetoric and islamophobic remarks are reminiscent of Nazi Germany. And that’s not being hyperbolic.
TIME’s poll is an election of the people without much influence from outsiders, unlike our actual election process. In fact, the person who is front and center in trying to make elections fair and honest by taking all big money out, is none other than Bernie Sanders. So, in a way, it makes perfect sense that he is dominating the TIME-run election for Person of the Year.
Sanders has currently been making history as he refuses to take money from big-money donors and PACs. He’s also pulling in giganitc crowds all across the nation who are really inspired and drawn to his message that is simply an America of the people, by the people, and for the people. Sounds familiar, right?
No matter who wins the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, one thing is for certain, whether it is Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, they need to win the White House in order to keep progress moving forward. We can not slip back into the dangerous policies that led our nation into financial despair.
If you’d like to vote for who you think should be Person of the Year, you can vote HERE. Voting will close on December 4, at 11:59 p.m.
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