Reihan Salam: Sanders ‘Is Speaking to a Lot of White Voters’ Who Feel ‘Marginalized’
SALAM: "Well, there’s something very striking about that, the fact that he has not been a Democrat for decades. And the movement that he’s built really is something separate and distinct from the Democratic Party. So when he says that, what he’s saying is that the Democratic Party is kind of a weak host that’s waiting to be taken over by this new movement. The trouble, however, is, look at the fact that Bernie Sanders actually has lot of very wealthy supporters. That’s kind of interesting. He’s calling for higher taxes on the rich and what have you. What people are missing is that Bernie Sanders is speaking to a lot of white voters in many cases who feel marginalized by the rising place of identity politics in the party, the rising place of African- Americans and Latinos. They don’t necessarily think of it that way. But Bernie Sanders is giving them a way to say that, hey, we still have a place at the table."