The 2016 Presidential primary race has been a tumultuous, interesting and highly publicized event thus far. To say the least of the candidates, we have some of the most polarizing candidates ever seen in a presidential race, although not just from party to party.
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump couldn’t be more different while Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton strike opposites on many different issues of policy.
While the candidates are interesting in their own right, what is perhaps even more pertinent and eye-opening is the beginning of a battle between the establishment candidates, Cruz, Clinton and John Kasich, and the non-traditional candidates, Sanders and Trump.
Although Sanders has served as both a mayor and senator in his time in politics, his views are notably far left of traditional democratic views. With a major focus on social justice and income inequality, Sanders falls undeniably left of Clinton and it can be seen in a variety of his viewpoints, from a $15 minimum wage to the proposal of a European-style single-payer healthcare system.
In the GOP, Trump characterizes himself as a macho candidate who disregards the rules of “political correctness” in favor a more strongman approach to politics.
Trump has proposed building a gigantic concrete wall that would completely line the border of Mexico and the United States, banning all Muslims from the United States and repealing the affordable health care act.
While many of Sanders’ and Trump’s policy positions set them apart from the typical candidates, what remains to be seen is the last affect their highly populist and successful campaigns will set for the future.
With the leading of Trump in the republican primary race, doors have been opened for other non-traditional candidates to run in the future.
Perhaps we’ll see Hulk Hogan, Kim Kardashian or Steve Buscemi run for President of the United States of America in the future. The Trump campaign arguably proves that enough money and catchy rhetoric could easily propel a non-traditional candidate into the forefront of the presidential race.
Sanders, on the other hand, has proven that far left candidates may finally have a real place in politics. Before 2016, any candidate who campaigned as a “democratic socialist” would have had absolutely zero chance in the presidential field.
However, Sanders has proven that candidates who would traditionally have been relegated to third parties like the Green Party, Constitution Party or Socialist Action Party.
Down the line, we could see many candidates similar to Bernie Sanders and less akin to the traditional democratic candidate, even if Sanders loses the nomination.