Right after the US election results were clear on Wednesday, Bernie Sanders supporters rushed to social media to say: “We told you so!”, using various hashtags such as #DontBlameMeIVotedForBernie,
#StillSanders and #BringBernieBack.
Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election came as a shock to many Democrats, some Republicans and generally a whole lot of people around the world, but not to the supporters of the Vermont senator who lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton in June.
The campaign of Sanders repeatedly argued that Clinton was not fit to be a presidential candidate due to her track record of political scandals, as well as her Wall Street and corporate ties.
— Tod Moore (@TodMoore3) November 9, 2016
Clinton was forced to respond to many issues that she had been associated with during her campaign; from the millions of dollars she earned from speeches, accusations regarding the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, more recently controversies with her aides, and most seriously, using a private email server for official communications when she was the secretary of state.
In addition, Bill Clinton, former president and husband of Hillary, has a collection of his own.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2016
The supporters of Sanders were already frustrated even before the election as throughout the Republican campaign the same argument Sanders used against Clinton was echoed loudly by Trump.
Trump depicted the former secretary of state as a “corrupt politician” of what he called “the Washington establishment”, also saying that Clinton was not fit to be a president, as Sanders did.
— Shirtless Pundit 🇺🇸 (@ShirtlessPundit) November 9, 2016
— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) November 9, 2016
“Hilary Clinton is being protected by a totally rigged system,” Trump said, in one of his final rallies in Florida, criticising the FBI’s rapid review of a Clinton aide’s emails over her and her team’s handling of classified information.
The FBI said the discovery of new emails on the disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer warranted no new criminal action against Clinton.
“My contract with the American voter begins with a plan to end government corruption, and take back our country … from the special interests, who I know so well. When we win tomorrow, we are going to drain the swamp,” Trump said, revisiting Sanders’ rhetoric.
Many on social media also argued that votes that the Republican candidate secured were not pro-Trump votes, but were anti-Hillary votes.