Bernie Sanders lost the 2016 Democratic primary, but less than one year later, his progressive platform appears to be winning over the party and, maybe even more importantly, some of its biggest donors.
There were a number of factors that contributed to Sanders losing to Hillary Clinton in last year’s primary, with the relatively small exposure of the Vermont Senator likely the biggest one. But as Sanders’ progressive message continues to gain more visibility, it is winning over some of the key players who will be determining the party’s platform moving forward.
This week, the Democratic Party’s biggest donor, California hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer, gave a rousing endorsement of Bernie’s platform. Steyer supported Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and gave close to $90 million to Democratic candidates and causes last year, but this year appears to be throwing all of his support behind Sanders’ vision for the future.