Bernie Sanders Accuses Trump of Hate Crimes

Bernie Sanders and Killer Mike (David Goldman / Associated Press)
David Goldman / Associated Press

The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is accusing Donald Trump of encouraging hate crimes against Muslims, Latinos and African-Americans.

A petition on Sanders’s campaign website, entitled, “Stand with Bernie against Trump’s Racism and Xenophobia,” reads:

It’s fun for the political media to treat Donald Trump like he’s the lead character in a soap opera or the star player on a baseball team. But the truth is his language is dangerous, especially as it empowers his supporters to act out against Muslims, Latinos and African-Americans. Poll after poll shows that Bernie is the candidate best suited to take on Donald Trump and every other Republican running for president.

Add your name to join Bernie in condemning Donald Trump’s racism and xenophobia.

Sanders himself has faced accusations of racism from Black Lives Matter activists. In addition, as Buzzfeed reported last August, the crowds at Sanders’ events are comprised primarily of whites, and have been accused of racism themselves.

Referring to Marissa Johnson, a young black woman with the Black Lives Matter movement who interrupted Sanders on stage at a Seattle Social Security event, Buzzfeed wrote, “Black activists like Johnson who have interrupted Sanders on stage have been doxxed, digitally harassed, and shouted at by Sanders backers, they say.”

Tia Oso, a protester who interrupted the Netroots candidate forum, told Buzzfeed, “It’s very insulting and completely tone deaf and really indicative of the level of vitriol and derision that very specific Bernie Sanders supporters are exhibiting and began to exhibit right away–which is 100% racist, it’s discriminatory, it’s very anti-black.”


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