Would Bernie Sanders Have Done Better Than Joe Biden? The Internet is Divided

Bernie Sanders supporters have flooded Twitter with claims the left wing candidate "would have won" against Donald Trump.

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King was among those to claim the socialist politician would have been a better pick as Democrats waited anxiously to learn of their candidate's fate.

Not everyone agreed with the verdict, however, with some pointing to the President's tactic of painting the democrats as socialist.

King, host of current affairs podcast The Breadkdown, told his 1.1 million Twitter followers: "Bernie would've won. In 2016. And he would've won today."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers an address on threats to American democracy at George Washington University on September 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sanders supporters have claimed online that he would have beaten Trump. Win McNamee/Getty

HillTV host Krystal Ball also appeared rueful as she told her 407,000 followers: "We coulda had Bernie."

Sakinah Lehtola had hoped to represent the Democrats in Florida's 24th Congressional district but lost in the primaries.

She wrote on Twitter: "I can think of many people who would have voted for @BernieSanders but didn't vote for @JoeBiden.

"On the other hand I can't think of many people who voted for Biden but wouldn't have voted for Bernie. Yes, Bernie would have won."

Left wing campaign group the Gravel Institute told its 272,000 Twitter followers: "Seriously, Bernie would have won."

However, some denounced the socialist, who dropped out of the Democratic primaries in April, admitting his campaign "cannot win" the nomination, ABC News reported.

The Twitter account for the Palmer Report blog told its 348,000 followers: "Just the fact that Trump easily won Florida by falsely accusing Biden of being a socialist when he obviously wasn't one, should be all the proof you need that Trump would have blown out Bernie Sanders across the nation.

"No more self-identified 'socialist' candidates. Ever."

In the October debate hosted by NBC, Trump said of Biden: "When he says public option he's talking about socialized medicine and health care."

Republican state Senator Manny Díaz Jr. told Politico last month that the Trump campaign's tactic in Florida was working.

He said: "Trump just knew how to hit a nerve. What group in this country is more proud to be American than immigrants that fled any kind of country where there was tyranny, chaos or communism?"

The debate came after an election prediction Sanders gave to Jimmy Fallon went viral with many saying his forecast was accurate.

In the October interview, Sanders said: "You're going to have a situation, I suspect, in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, other states, where they are going to be receiving huge amounts of mail-in ballots.

"They're not able—for bad reasons—to begin processing those ballots until Election Day or maybe when the polls close. That means you're going to have states dealing with perhaps millions of mail-in ballots."

In a video livestreamed from his Vermont home, Sanders said in April that securing the nomination had become "virtually impossible."

He added: "I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour."