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Trump’s polls rise as Bernie and Hillary try to kill each other

As the Democratic party bickers over whether it’ll be Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been making strides in the polls.

As the Democratic party bickers over whether it’ll be Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been making strides in the polls.

According The Hill, a new NBC News poll shows Clinton and Trump polling at equal numbers. The poll also pitted Clinton and Trump in a hypothetical presidential match-up and Clinton barely edged out Trump with a 48 percent win to his 45 percent — meaning Hillary has her work cut our for her.

Judging from the current numbers, Clinton will need to rally more support from Democrats, just like Trump who seems to be unifying the GOP despite not have the backing of major figure heads (Mitt Romney or the Bush family). Problem is, uniting the party is an even bigger hurdle for Clinton with her opponent Bernie Sanders still in the race.

Recent criticism has been directed towards Sanders supporters, claiming they’ve participated in threats and harassment of Democratic staffers. Sanders responded to criticism of his supporters’ behavior by saying that the comments were “nonsense” and that the party should embrace “people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change” or it would “choose to maintain its status quo structure [and] remain dependent on big-money campaign contributions.”

In response, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Sanders’s comments were “silly.”

“Every week, every news cycle, every tweet that goes by where the focus is not on the GOP presumptive nominee is a day lost in this race to seize the most advantageous ground to wage the general election,” said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane when talking about Clinton and Sanders attacking each other.

Looking for some hope for Clinton against Trump, Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics said, “Trump might be getting something of a ‘unity bonus’ that Clinton might yet realize after Sanders leaves the race, whenever that is.”

Featured image: Kazim Alikhan (Flickr)

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  1. Tim Fransioli

    May 19, 2016 at 8:54 am

    What a simplistic and under-informed opinion (not that it’s anything new from the DNC) … “Sanders better drop out so the country doesn’t realize what a horrible choice we’re shoving down their throat”! …. like Trump is incapable of pointing out all her lies and corporate pay-offs???

    What you failed to mention is that while Hillary actually loses to Trump in some of these polls.. Sanders has always been WELL ahead of Trump in the numbers… because he appeals to Independent voters… something Hillary can’t do (and obviously doesn’t care to)

    The Democratic Party is more interested in nominating Hillary than beating Trump… They have made that perfectly clear… and it’s the attitude of “Our way or the highway” (as they subvert the spirit of democracy) that will possibly cost them this election cycle… and cost our country any hope at progress for another generation as Trump gets to install fellow fascists in the Supreme Court

    Also – I don’t buy that Trump’s numbers are going up because Sanders is pointing out how “non-progressive” Hillary is… his numbers are going up, because now that he is (presumably) the GOP nominee, he has begun his dance to the center and is appealing to those with very short memories (or simply a loathing for Hillary) – Bernie Sanders fighting for the benefit of Americans is not going to be the downfall of Clinton… Clinton telling Independent voters that they should “fall in line” and support her corporate conservative ass will be the downfall of Clinton.. and possibly the DNC with her

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