Originally Posted by csbvan
That's true. Trump did indeed prove how irrelevant the conservative movement is in the U.S. It isn't even a commanding force in the Republican party. It is essentially a dwindling fringe movement.
I wouldn't say it's fringe. Figures like Romney and Paul Ryan and others which represent traditional American conservatism are still widespread throughout the republican party.
I would say Sanders also proved how fractured the Democratic party is. In reality, the USA is politically diverse enough to support 4 major parties (roughly, Sanders, Clinton, Romney, and Trump) - and the 2016 election has showed just how flawed and inadequate the two party system is in representing American voices.