Voters Sure Are Pissed Off This Year

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Voters are angry this year. Bernie Sanders proved it on the Democratic side and Donald Trump on the Republican side. People are sick and tired of the old guard that talks and talks but never gets anything done. The establishment has turned politics into a corrupt charnelhouse catering to the rich and powerful instead of regular Americans, and voters are finally fed up. The tea party was a start, Occupy Wall Street was next, and now there’s a volcanic, bipartisan fury erupting all over the country.

So, um, that means incumbents should be in big trouble on both sides of the aisle. It’s probably been a bloodbath in the primaries this year—though of course the lamestream media will never tell you about it. Let’s take a look.

Hah! There’s your evidence right there. In 2014 four incumbents lost their primary contests. This year five have lost. Behold the fury of the American electorate. Truly this year represents the long-awaited revolt of the voters against the entrenched interests that bailed out Wall Street and sent all our jobs overseas.

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