Bernie Sanders visits mosque, says Trump’s rhetoric could lead to another Holocaust

Bernie Sanders visits mosque, says Trump’s rhetoric could lead to another Holocaust

Look­ing to keep pace in a cam­paign where se­cur­ity and ter­ror­ism have taken cen­ter stage, Bernie Sanders took his mes­sage to a new set­ting Wed­nes­day: he vis­ited a mosque.

On Wed­nes­day, the sen­at­or from Ver­mont told a small crowd at Wash­ing­ton’s Masjid Muhammad (also known as “the Na­tion’s Mosque”) that “dem­agogues” try­ing to di­vide the coun­try are act­ing in “shame­ful” ways in the wake of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Par­is and San Bern­ardino, Cali­for­nia. He then stressed the strides the coun­try has made to over­come hatred and dis­crim­in­a­tion in the past.

“Let me be­gin by stat­ing the ob­vi­ous: there is enorm­ous anxi­ety and fear in this coun­try,” Sanders said. “Our people are deeply con­cerned—justly so—about the threats of in­ter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism.”

Sit­ting at a table with a co­ter­ie of re­li­gious lead­ers from around D.C.—Im­am Talib Shareef of the Na­tion’s Mosque, Rep. Keith El­lis­on, Rev. Re­gin­ald Green, Rabbi Batya Stein­hauf, and Chap­lain Ab­dul-Rasheed Muhammad of the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment—Sanders spoke about the his­tory of bigotry and urged Amer­ic­ans to avoid let­ting fear di­vide them.

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