Sanders and Trump both side with flyover country rather than the Washington bubble. This approach is valuable on election days, albeit creating much personal inconvenience on the days in between. As part of this, both will speak some of the truisms that are supposed to be off limits. E.g., Trump's "American carnage" in his inaugural address (if you think that was not a truism, look here). Or Sanders' admiration of the Cuban literacy campaign (as impressive as it was for literacy results, it was even more impressive as a political move, helping to cement Castro's power for many decades). A difference between Sanders and Trump on this is that Trump simultaneously says the politically incorrect while expanding the boundaries of his brand. He says the truth in a way that goads his
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Trump is smarter. Take the controversies that the two ignite. By insisting that fracking be banned, Sanders seems unaware that Pennsylvania is a swing state. By more easily acknowledging accomplishments of Castro than of Trump, Sanders seems unaware that Florida is a swing state filled with people who voted for Trump but not Castro.