Bernie Sanders isn’t a brawler — and that’s why he can’t beat Trump

Bernie Sanders is not a fighter like Trump. To the contrary, in key moments, and when under attack, he has faltered or demurred.

With a popular-vote victory in Iowa and an outright win in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders has officially emerged as the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Many commentators have noted the parallels between Sanders’s surging, antiestablishment candidacy and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The analogy is real. Both men can call upon large, passionate bases of support. Both have also had to contend with the fierce resistance of a party elite bent on denying them victory, along with unfair media coverage.

Trump, of course, confronts these challenges with glee. From the earliest days of his campaign, right through to his celebratory, post-impeachment acquittal “press conference,” he has turned the tables on the DC insiders.

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