The Lid: Will Bernie Bros Really Go For Trump?

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Journalists this week had to translate to non-Twitter users what Hillary Clinton meant by her ‘Delete Your Account’ tweet to Donald Trump. The way this election is going, we’re also going to have get good at explaining the Dos Equis guy, Becky With the Good Hair and this emoji → ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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‘16 from 30,000

We’re the first to caution against reading too much into a single poll, but - heck - it’s Friday! So with the big caveat that this is just one single data point, here’s something we thought was pretty interesting in the latest FOX News poll. In a general election matchup, Trump gets 39 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 42 percent. That’s pretty similar to other surveys. And Sanders performs quite a bit better against Trump, winning 49 percent to 38 percent. Also not surprising. But what we noticed was that Trump gets about the SAME percentage against Sanders and Clinton. That would suggest that Sanders voters really ARE “Bernie or Bust!” rather than purely anti-Clinton voters. In other words, they’re a lot more likely to go third party or just stay home than they are to vote for Trump. We’ll have to wait for subsequent polling to see how this dynamic really plays out, but it could be an early sign that while Clinton will still need to court as many voters as she can who felt the Bern, she may be less at risk than we once thought of losing Sanders voters to Trump.



“You guys have got to try the cold chai. It is delicious, isn’t it?”

  • Hillary Clinton’s response to a question about possible VP talk during her meeting with Elizabeth Warren. Clinton stopped by a coffee shop after addressing a Planned Parenthood Action Fund event.


Donald Trump holds rallies in Tampa and Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Mitt Romney continues his annual retreat in Park City, Utah.