“Young people support Bernie Sanders because it is in their interest to support Sanders.”
Not quite. They support Mr. Sanders because they THINK that it is in their interest to support Mr. Sanders. They don’t know what ‘socialism’ is, but they think that it’s got to be better than their current situation. So they’re supporting Mr. Sanders just as mindlessly as Mr. Trump’s supporters (who are also disgusted with ‘the system’) support him.
So really this election will be a battle of the ignorant, with the blind followers of Mr. Trump dueling it out with the blind followers of Mr. Sanders. Either way, the country will continue to spiral downwards towards collapse because neither side has the faintest idea of what’s really causing all this pain.
“However, if the Democratic party nominates a truly progressive candidate like Bernie Sanders, he may be able to rally enough support and excitement from young liberals that he could land on top in the election.”
He will definitely rally lots of young people. And those hated boomers, who at least are mature, will vote for him, too. But he will also rally millions of other voters who are terrified of the prospect of communism to show up as well. My guess is that the number of fools who are terrified of communism will be greater than the number of fools who have fallen in love with socialism.