A Republican voter in South Carolina admitted during a live Fox News interview that he voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary to help President Donald Trump’s reelection chances in the November general election.
The man, who was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, made the alarming comments while sitting inside a Columbia, S.C., diner Wednesday morning.
“I’m a Republican and a Trump supporter,” he said.
“But we have an ‘operation chaos’ going on and all over the state we’re encouraging Republicans to go vote for Bernie because we believe Bernie is the best worst candidate in contrasting his socialism against President Trump and his capitalism,” he told Fox News viewers.
This MAGAt already voted for Bernie in SC.
"We have an operation chaos going on, we are encouraging Republicans to go vote for Bernie because we believe Bernie is the best worst candidate in contrasting his socialism against Trump's capitalism."pic.twitter.com/aoOGLVF6cH
— Covie (@roper_93) February 26, 2020
Karen Martin, a freelance editor and pet-sitter who lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the creator of Trump 2-29, which is an effort encouraging Republicans to vote for Bernie Sanders in the state’s upcoming Democratic primary, on February 29th, according to The New Yorker.
“We’re really mad,” Martin told the news outlet, referring to her fellow-conservatives. “Mad at how our President has been treated for the past several years and wanting to do something now.”
According to The New Yorker:
Voting for Trump isn’t an option: South Carolina’s Republican primary was cancelled in October, out of deference to the President. (“With no legitimate primary challenger and President Trump’s record of results, the decision was made to save South Carolina taxpayers over $1.2 million and forgo an unnecessary primary,” South Carolina’s G.O.P. chairman, Drew McKissick, announced in a statement at the time. A former Republican state representative sued to block the cancellation but lost in court.) Obama’s former Vice-President, Joe Biden, was expected to perform well in South Carolina; Martin wanted to vote for someone who could ruin it for him. As Iowa neared, she said, “We decided it’ll be Bernie.”
If Sanders ultimately becomes the Democrats’ nominee, Martin says, “It would be a great lesson in American Civics 101,” adding, “To have those final debates be between an avowed socialist and a capitalist with the economic record that President Trump does, that would be really a contrast to see. Bernie makes it poetic.”
Chuck Muth, a Nevada Republican activist, said Saturday that he had re-registered as a Democrat last weekend and marked Sen. Sanders as his first choice on an early voting ballot.
Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red ‘Keep America Great’ hat, explained that he had crossed over to show Democrats “how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus.”
Nevada’s Democratic Party allows same-day registration for the caucus. The party said in a news release that 10,000 people had signed up for the Democratic Party during four days of early voting.
The day before the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary, President Trump encouraged his Republican supporters to cross over and “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”
“So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot,” Muth explained. “We caucused for Bernie.”
Muth, who attended the Nevada Republican Central Committee on Saturday, explained that he chose Sanders, not because he thought Sanders would be the easiest Democrat to beat, but because he thought a contest between Trump and the Vermont senator would provide “a great civics lesson for the entire country, comparing an absolute avowed socialist versus an absolute avowed capitalist.”
“It would be a dream election,” Muth said. “The nightmare would be if Sanders won, of course. But, look, if Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump, we’ve already lost it.”
Muth said he is thinking of starting a group called, “Democrats for Trump.”