Trump is definitely all about the classy. Though honestly, the highlights from the debate read like the incidents report from an elementary school recess. You aren't the only one to think that.
So, having summed up Trump and following the Bernie segue: why is he so awesome? I note the heavy support in our own poll, I hear a lot about him, but so far it seems to sum up as "democrat who, unlike Hillary, has some charisma."
I could post a slew of links to answer this, but I'm going to go off the cuff. If you want, I've already posted some links to Bernie speaking in his own words. Bernie speaks to the common man. He identifies the problems that are, in fact, affecting our nation as a whole: crumbling infrastructure, a crumbling middle class, a crumbling education system. He isn't 'bought and paid for' by SuperPACs or by the Koch brothers - his campaign is funded by something like 80% small donations. As a Senator, his personal net worth is among the lowest - this is someone who flies coach to his stumping venues, not someone who has a private jet drop him off.
More importantly, he has a plan. A plan to move spending from places where it's not doing any good to places where it can help our country grow - like our infrastructure, our education system, and our middle class. He supports a 'living wage' instead of the starvation wage that many people are currently working under. He doesn't claim it's going to be a magic pill. In fact, he consistently says that he will need us, the American people, to pull together in order to make this work. That's a key word - together. He doesn't try to divide the voters against each other with the specter of 'the Other'. He is inviting us - all of us - to vote for ourselves
and not for some lobbying campaign.
Although I'm writing this off the cuff, I keep getting flashes of quotes from previous leaders that would not be out of place in Bernie's campaign - nor do I think that the original speakers would object to them being used: 'We do not do these things because they are easy. We do them because they are hard.' 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' And one other - not from a former leader:
I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.
We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be!
We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy.
It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."
Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.
I want you to get mad!
I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the
Russians Middle East and the crime in the street. All I know is that first, you've got to get mad. You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"
That's Bernie in a nutshell.