Bernie Sanders Bows Out

Dr. Munr Kazmir
6 min readApr 8, 2020

Bernie Sanders has ended his bid for the Democratic nomination. Has the Democratic Party learned anything from his campaign?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. March 5, 2020. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

“I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful, and so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign.”

“We are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path to victory is virtually impossible.”

— Sen. Bernie Sanders. April 8, 2020.

The Sanders presidential campaign of 2020 is officially over. Bernie Sanders has failed, once again, to secure the nomination of the Democratic Party.

Whether the Democratic Party has learned anything from the Sanders campaign remains to be seen.

Sen. Bernie Sanders made the announcement today; voicing his disappointment at the outcome; thanking his supporters; and pledging to support the Democratic Party’s now presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

Will supporters of Bernie Sanders, who have been again denied the chance to vote for Sanders for President, really turn out for Joe Biden?

In 2016, a not-insignificant number of people who voted twice for President Barack Obama cast their vote for Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton.

Are they more or less upset with the Democratic Party than they were four years ago?

Are they more or less likely to rage vote- again- for Donald Trump?

This is a question the party needs to answer between now and November. But the Democratic Party is missing an important point about Bernie Sanders.

Sanders was never a threat to the party; Bernie Sanders isn’t the real problem. The suspension of his campaign, though it is something party leaders have wanted very much, doesn’t solve the main problem facing the Democratic Party in 2020.

It is the people who supported Bernie Sanders- fiercely and vocally, online and in real life, financially and personally- that should worry the Democratic Party. What they liked about Sanders…