Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, itching to take on Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump and riding high on the latest polling showing him beating Trump by wide, double-digit margins, rolled out a new mantra in California.
“If we win the Democratic nomination, Trump is toast.” – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
The new mantra, “Trump is toast” has gained popularity as Sanders traverses the state of California reaching out to – he hopes- at least 200,000 supporters before the state’s June 7 primary. Sanders speech has gradually gravitated toward the November general election and now hits the New York real estate mogul, turned reality TV star on issues ranging from climate change and racism, to economics and integrity.
Comparing former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s polling numbers against Trump to Sanders’ own, the progressive, Democratic socialist from Vermont told the crowd that his campaign was taking its fight through to the convention in July. A Rasmussen Reports poll released on Thursday showed Clinton’s lead over Trump narrowed to a single (1) point.
Looking back on the beginning of the campaign that began just one year ago, Sanders talked of not being taken seriously and being considered a fringe candidate by the establishment and media.
“A year has come and gone and here we are,” Sanders said.
Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News Marist poll puts Sanders up in the general election over Trump by a 34 point margin (62/28). Clinton tops Trump in the Golden state by 24 points. Presidential preference numbers had Sanders up by 15 points over Trump nationally. Trump closed the gap on Clinton’s lead, with the former First Lady only 3 points ahead of the GOP contender.
In favorability ratings, Sanders was the only candidate who was actually liked in the poll with a positive +7 public image number. Clinton’s number was negative -20 and Trump rounded out at the bottom with a negative -29.
In keeping with the “Trump is toast,” theme, it would appear ‘by the numbers’ that Sanders has the better chance of making it a reality in the November election.
This article first appeared on Examiner.com on June 2, 2016.