After Huge Win in New Hampshire Bernie Sanders Seeking Black Votes

Bernie Sanders Having Breakfast with Rev Al Sharpton at Sylvia's in Harlem

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Bernie Sanders' win in New Hampshire primary over Hillary Clinton was huge. It was really YUUUGE, as Bernard  Sanders is used to saying in his Brooklyn accent; his supporters claimed to have experienced the "Feel the Bern" phenomenon in New Hampshire. 

After the win in New Hampshire, the attention now turns to Nevada, but most importantly to South Carolina, where Black votes will matter. Bernie Sanders, although making significant progress with minorities, still lags behind Hillary Clinton. 

Hence, he did not waste any time to court perhaps the most prominent Black  Civil Rights activist today, Reverend Al Sharpon. Today, in a highly

publicized visit to Harlem, Bernie Sanders decided to have a breakfast with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant, in Harlem, New York City.. Dining with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's is significant, as it is there where Al Sharpton  and  Barack Obama sealed a deal during the 2008 presidential campaign.

But Sanders' strong finish in New Hampshire and a wide appeal to younger voters and women have raised a question mark on Clinton's once perceived rock solid strength. Hillary Clinton lost by a 29 percentage point margin, the largest in New Hampshire primary history. The huge margin threatens her projected lead  in South Carolina, as both are getting ready to face off in the Feb. 27 primary.

As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are marching towards a nomination, some have started contemplating what the competition with Republicans will look like. Hence they compare the very liberal Bernie Sanders to the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump.  Democrats and some republicans have accused Donald Trump of being an extremist and out of touch with American values of tolerance and freedom. 

However, similarities exist, beyond their use of the word "YUUUGE".

Both are "angry". Bernie Sanders said that he is "angry because American people are angry"; whereas Donald Trump  said: " I can say oh I 'm not angry … I am very angry because our country is being run horribly and I will gladly accept the mantle of anger."

They both want to build crumbling infrastructures, are against PAC and super PAC, want to strengthen, even expand Social Security and Medicare,  are against existing trade policies, and will get the rich to pay more tax.

But where Donald Trump is against and Bernie Sanders remains vocally for is with regard to allowing immigration, enforcing civil rights, guaranteeing women rights and freedom for religion, and raising minimum wages. Also, while Donald Trump is mostly supported by what some call "angry" fringes, Bernie Sanders garners a very enthusiastic support from the young people, who like that "Feeling the Bern" sensation as the campaign is gaining momentum.

 The question now to all now is whether   "Feel the Bern" will carry through the remaining primaries and lead to a "polical revolution"