Last week, MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff searched for Trump supporters in the Los Angeles region. He ran into Frank Ontiveros and asked him whom he was supporting in 2016. Ontiveros said that it depends what happens on the Republicans, and the he was sure that he’s not backing Hillary Clinton. He’s for the underdog. Soboroff followed up by suggesting Clinton’s primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders, to which Ontiveros said, “that’s correct.”
“If Bernie doesn’t win, and it’s Hillary versus Donald Trump in the general, what are you going to do?” asked Soboroff.
“It’s like shooting yourself or stabbing yourself—one or the other,” responded Ontiveros.
Ouch. Though that’s probably going to be how most of the electorate feels come Election Day. We’re going to have two of the most disliked people in American politics duking it out.
The Golden State will be the last primary contest where a large swath of key delegates will be up for grabs; Republicans need not worry since Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee. On the other hand, Democrats will be fighting over a huge chunk of delegates–564–on June 7. It could go either way. Clinton has name recognition and is seen, more or less, as a reliable liberal on the issues, though the state’s hard left streak could lend itself to being fertile ground for Sen. Bernie Sanders to mount an upset. Still, it would be a pyrrhic victory. If he does win, Bernie won’t be able beat Clinton by margins that would allow him to take the delegate lead—that ship sailed months ago. And it would further fracture the party heading into their convention in July.