There’s a plethora of challengers in the 2020 election. One is reprising his role from 2016: Bernie Sanders. The Vermont Senator is one of the most popular Democrats, and may just be the man who can get Trump out of the White House. Here’s twenty reasons why Bernie is the one to beat.

20. His Social Media Presence

Donald Trump is the most internet active president in recent history. A strong contender needs an online presence to rival the beast’s in order to beat it. Bernie and his media producer, Armand Aviram, have an online savvy that expands their reach. For example, the Sanders team struck viral gold by sharing a video of Jim Carey discussing the benefits of universal healthcare. They were able to edit it and post it in such a way that the message got out to many people.

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19. His Grassroots Origins

Sen. Sanders ISN’T a part of Trump’s “swamp”. He’s a political outsider, and his funders aren’t huge corporations. They’re regular folks. Sanders’s campaign has origins outside the political and corporate

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18. His Plans For Education

Bernie wants to forgive student loans. He wants to ensure universal public college education. In an economy that requires at minimum a bachelors’ degree to get a decent paying job, ordinary folks who can’t afford expensive higher education appreciate this.

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17. His Stance on Marijuana

Sanders wants not only to legalize marijuana, but to also decriminalize it. Millions suffer for small amounts of the drug, especially black people. Bernie’s plans to commute drug sentencing and legalize pot  could help millions.

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16. He’s One of the Few Democrats who can Resonate with Trump Fans

There are two types of Trump supporter-those who actually support him and those who are simply done with feeling as though the establishment has forgotten them. Trump’s empty promises to the downtrodden working class can be answered by Bernie. He advocates student loan forgiveness and a higher minimum wage.

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15. He’s Not *Really* A Democrat

Senator Sanders is certainly a leftist, but he isn’t cut from the same establishment cloth as most of the Democratic Party. The vast majority of Americans don’t identify as Democrat or Republican—rather, sick of the corporate two party system, they identify as independents. This is part of the reason an outsider like Trump got elected. But Sanders is an outsider too. And that gives him an edge.

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14. He Has Experience

Unlike Trump, Sanders is a seasoned senator. In addition to this, he has been a mayor and a congressman. He’s the right amount of outsider and insider, giving him a unique position over Trump

13. People Loved Him Before, And They Still Do

2016 voters loved Bernie. His loss to Hillary was the source of much controversy. And in the three years since, Sanders fans have not lost their gusto. Their support is as strong as it was during the 2016 election cycle, making them unlikely to go for a corporate type like Biden or a former prosecutor like Harris.

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12. Especially Young People

Perhaps Bernie Sanders’s greatest strength is his appeal to younger voters. Stereotyped as lazy and apathetic, the reality is that the youth tend to feel ignored. Without candidates that speak to them, young people feel discouraged and are less likely to vote. But in the 2016 election cycle, Sanders’s campaign electrified them. And their adoration hasn’t gone away.

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11. He’s Anti War

Since 9/11, Americans have been in a state of perpetual war. Its been stressful and destructive, effecting mostly everyday Americans. Sanders wants to end our state of perpetual war—and he’s the man most likely to do it.

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10. And Anti Prison Industrial Complex

Sanders is also against the racist, classist prison system. He recognizes its profiting off the poor and black, and the cycle of keeping people in prison rather than rehabilitation. He’s one of the few candidates to call this out.

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9. He’s a Leader of Environmentalism

Sanders is a passionate environmentalist. In a world where the environmental situation seems more and more dire, a politician who actually cares is a breath of fresh air. This endears Sanders to the many who are concerned for the world their children will inherit.

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