Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Sanders handily won the Nevada caucuses last week, and now a Republican activist is coming forward with why he temporarily switched parties in early voting to caucus for Sanders.
Some Trump allies have encouraged Republicans to vote for Sanders in their state's primary or caucus because they believe he'd be the easiest candidate for Trump to beat (evidence tends to indicate the opposite).
Republican Chuck Muth doesn't believe Sanders would be the easiest for Trump to beat, but caucused for him in Nevada because Sanders's political stances are the most ideologically opposite from Trump, leading to what Muth says is the best matchup to gauge the ideology of the country.
Why is this allowed? Conservative activist Chuck Muth temporarily switched parties to vote in the #NevadaCaucus: "… https://t.co/0X85xYtEzj— Minh Ngo (@Minh Ngo) 1582656860.0
Muth told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the dynamic would be
"a great civics lesson for the entire country, comparing an absolute avowed socialist versus an absolute avowed capitalist...It would be a dream election. The nightmare would be if Sanders won, of course. But, look, if Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump, we've already lost it.""
It's important to note that Sanders is a Democratic Socialist—a far-cry from the authoritarian socialism Republicans invoke to sway voters away from policies that benefit working people.
Muth said he also caucused for Sanders to point out flaws in Nevada's voting policies:
"It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus. So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie."
Not everyone approved of Muth's actions.
@minhtngo @jidk1187 Republicans cheat. It is that simple. And, because we have an election system that assumes eve… https://t.co/rpv84Wv8F0— Diana Zinn (@Diana Zinn) 1582657199.0
@minhtngo If he's so stupid that he wants to vote for the front runner, awesome.— Vegan_Fire Ⓥ (@Vegan_Fire Ⓥ) 1582656971.0
@minhtngo If a voter switches parties for the primaries, they should not be allowed to switch back until the genera… https://t.co/KkdkRjlrMW— 🌸Magnolia (@🌸Magnolia) 1582659947.0
@minhtngo @bettyonline011 That’s what Republicans do.— Danny Lage (@Danny Lage) 1582661099.0
@minhtngo Republicans are so proud of their cheating......— Hummingbird13 (@Hummingbird13) 1582658080.0
@minhtngo It’s legal cheating. The state law says you can register to vote the same day you vote. Then he’ll regist… https://t.co/asuuXsJses— Kathy Hansen (@Kathy Hansen) 1582658324.0
@minhtngo This is repugnant.— Yelro (@Yelro) 1582660166.0
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Stewart Boss, however, denies that others are following Muth's lead—especially in Nevada, where Sanders won by double digits.
To be clear: Chuck Muth is a joke and literally nothing in entrance polls indicates this was in any way common or h… https://t.co/HqVbRyz5hq— Stewart Boss (@Stewart Boss) 1582429858.0
Muth and his wife have since switched back to the Republican party.