Understanding Where The Sanders And Trump Movements Share Common Ground

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Hillary Clinton has been declared a lock for the Democratic nomination by the AP. The Trump v. Clinton showdown that we all assumed was coming looks imminent. And yet, when we look back on the 2016 primaries, what will be remembered most will be the peoplegalvanizing, headlinegrabbing, sometimesviolent movements of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Something about these party outsiders captivated the public consciousness and brought listless citizens back to their respective parties.

At first glance, Trump and Sanders fans couldn’t be more different. Not only would they be likely to self-identify as polar opposites, but they’d also hate the idea of being compared. And yet, it’s tough to deny that both candidates built their respective movements on a platform that hoped to speak for the voiceless and break down the D.C. power structure.

With that in mind, we asked Uproxx News editor Kimberly Ricci and economist Thad Beversdorf to analyze the overlap between the two movements — both in what they want and how they perceive themselves. Their thoughts overlap at times and diverge at others, leaving plenty of room for conversation.

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