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.