No really, that is something I see not even a hint for. I see it only ever used as a strategy to smear Sanders. Because, maybe there were a few Bernie or Bust people, but would they have voted for Clinton in the first place? I think it is the other way around: that Sanders fought hard in the primary activated many voters that would have been passive otherwise because they had long given up on voting, as they felt neither party would do anything for them. Sanders could actually bring them back in the political process. That some of these people were in the end disappointed that Clinton was the nominee and didn't show up on election day is meaningless, as they would have been absent if Sanders wouldn't have been in the primary in the first place. But many of the people he activated in the end voted for Clinton.
In the end Clinton got 65 million votes, just about the same as Obama did. To be precise, Obama got 65,915,795 votes 2012, while Clinton got 65,853,514. So she lost about 62K voters, pretty much nothing compared to one of the most beloved presidents. Trump on the other hand got 62,984,828 votes, about 2 million more than Romneys 60,933,504. So in the end Clinton did not lose because she lost voters, Trump won because he convinced voters. In which way he did that is a miracle to me, but he did.
So, people want to tell me, that Clinton - a candidate with certainly a lot of problems and baggage - would have magically gotten more votes than Obama, if not the mean kid Sanders threw a wrench in it? Yeah no, I don't buy that. It is obviously bull to damage Sanders, and it disheartens me that so many people believe that bull.
The thing is that she lost most of the rust states by just a couple thousand votes. Having even just some Bernie supporters following the Bernie or bust motto and abstain from voting is therefore enough to give Trump the advantage - or at least that's what some democrats think and are since hating Bernie for that. Trump won Michigan by less than 11k votes, Pennsylvania by 44k and Wisconsin by 23k. All of those are within one percent and total 46 electoral votes, enough to flip the entire election in favor of Clinton.
I'm not saying that I believe he's the reason that Clinton lost (I don't), just that some believe he's the reason she did, as I explained further down in the previous post. I just wanted to explain why some democrats do think Sanders is he reason that Trump is president now, not Clinton.
Btw, your calculation has one fallacy: The total amount of voters grew by 7M. At the 2016 election, there were a total of 135.7M, while in 2012, there were only 128.7M people who voted. The republicans raised their amount of votes by 2M, most of the rest went to third parties. That means that Clinton lost voters, as otherwise it would have been more balanced (as in ±3M for each candidate and the rest for 3rd parties). In fact, she got about 150k less voters than Obama did in 2012. Not a huge amount, but still some regression on that front, too, despite the rather large increase in total voters.
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