During the Republican debate last Thursday, Donald Trump stated that he would consider running as an independent, outside of the Republican Party, calling the threat to do so “leverage.” An NBC poll of “Republican and Republican-leaning voters who watched either of the debates or followed coverage of the debates in the news,” conducted by Survey Monkey from last Friday night to Saturday, shows that 54% of Trump’s supporters would vote for him “as an independent candidate.” 12% of citizens voting for Trump as an independent in the general election would divide the American right enough to hand the White House to the Democratic Party nominee rendering Trump’s “leverage” potentially effective.
While few outside of NBC and AOL in the corporate media are paying attention to Trump’s use of leverage on the Republican side of the campaign, there has been a complete black-out of news about the same primary campaign strategy launched by Revolt Against Plutocracy (RAP), covered exclusively here on June 22nd. They are seeking pledges from 1,000,000 plus voters to write-in Senator Sanders in 2016 to use as leverage during the primaries next year. Their website reads, “Unlike Gore vs Bush vs Nader in 2000, Democratic primary voters will have the choice next year to unite the broad, American liberal/progressive left behind Senator Sanders or risk putting another Republican in the White House. The Bernie or Bust campaign puts the burden of unity on them.”
Alternative media source, Ring of Fire, has covered this write-in strategy, but the corporate-funded media has completely ignored their efforts. The Washington Post covered a “Billionaires for Bernie” super PAC a California lawyer, Eric C. Jacobson, established for Senator Sanders. Even after reporter Colby Itkowitz was tweeted about Revolt Against Plutocracy’s “grassroots” PAC, there has been zero coverage by that newspaper about their “revolutionary” primary campaign strategy, super PAC or their explosive marketing strategy.
Revolt Against Plutocracy’s Bernie or bust pledge requires pledge-takers to recruit only two more people to take the same pledge to write-in Senator Sanders in the general election. While they currently have obtained only 4,000+ pledges, multiplying that number by two every week from now until late October would lead to considerable leverage for primary season next year. Keep multiplying that number until the end of the year, and, like Republicans who would take Trump over any Democrat, Democrats will have no choice but to support Bernie Sanders next year or else risk seeing a Republican win the White House next year. At least, that’s their theory.
In a year for party outsiders, a Real Clear Politics average of three polls indicates, should this leverage should work for both Trump and Sanders, the Senator would handily defeat Trump in the general election.