Bernie Sanders and the anti-Semites make strange bedfellows

Sanders has been endorsed by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who was voted on by thousands of Americans as the “anti-Semite of the year.” Omar has accused American Jews of dual loyalties and suggested that they have bought Congress with their money. She is also a vocal supporter of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel.

Recently, Sanders was also endorsed by actor and screenwriter John Cusack, who was in hot water for tweeting an image with a quote from white nationalist and neo-Nazi Kevin Alfred Strom. The tweet suggested Jews were in control and were not allowed to be criticized. To make matters worse, Cusack added his anti-Semitic trope to the tweet by commenting, “Follow the money.”

Sanders not only welcomes endorsements from anti-Semites, but he goes out of his way to work with them. One of his surrogates, Linda Sarsour, said at an event that Israel is “built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else.” Despite Sarsour spouting off this anti-Semitic trope on stage to the masses, Sanders continues to work with her.

Anti-Semites are thrilled to call Sanders an ally, and he is equally excited to call anti-Semites friends. While a racist might justify their actions by claiming they “have a black friend,” Sanders acts as a shield to anti-Semites everywhere because he is Jewish in name.

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