Sanders’ backers want a government that works.
Trump’s backers want a government that gets even.
Lost in the tumult of covering the 2016 presidential campaign trail is a striking reality that’s largely gone unacknowledged: the brewing revolt at the grassroots by working- and middle-class Americans who feel left behind by the system.
This discontent and its insecurities are fueling the surges of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – who offer different responses to it and whose candidacies haven’t faded –
– despite predictions from party insiders and many pundits.
It’s also underscored by the fact that the GOP’s two leading candidates—Trump and Ben Carson—have never held elective office –
– unlike the senators and governors trailing them.