Speaking to the Black Church PAC Presidential Forum in Atlanta two weeks after a gunman opened fire in an El Paso Walmart with the goal of killing Mexicans, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said his administration will “go to war against white nationalism and racism” if he is elected president in 2020.
“I’m Jewish, my family came from Poland, my father’s whole family was wiped out by Hitler and his white nationalism,” said Sanders. “Too many people have fought over the years, too many people have died against racism to allow it to resurface and flourish in America. We will go to war against white nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives.”
Sanders vowed to “throw the full force of the law” against those in the U.S. who harm or kill people on the basis of skin color, which the Vermont senator described as “domestic terrorism.”
We will go to war with White Nationalism. pic.twitter.com/HVtDI0eweQ
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 17, 2019
In addition to fighting the white nationalist terrorism that is on the rise in the United States, Sanders said the U.S. must combat systemic inequities in healthcare, housing, and other facets of American society.
“When we combat white nationalism and when we combat racism,” said Sanders, “we are gonna use all of the laws in our power, including executive orders in every area, to make certain that we end the discrimination which now exists in healthcare, where black women are dying three times the rate of white women when they give birth.”
“We will end the redlining that exists in housing discrimination,” Sanders said. “We will end the absurdity of black kids leaving school much more deeply in debt than do white kids.”
A historian of Nazi Germany explains why the divided opposition to Trump should terrify you
As we witnessed in the third Democratic primary debate last week, Democratic presidential candidates are struggling to distinguish themselves from their party rivals and competing for endorsements. Their horizontal vision in these disagreements diverts their gaze from the peril we face as Donald Trump dismantles the norms that have guided our political life since 1776.
Whatever their differences, Democratic candidates must agree to broad principles related to key issues, for example, immigration, health care, and the growing wealth gap. A general consensus would leave plenty of room for healthy debates about implementation, but failure to emphasize shared ideals in relationship to two or three major questions will blunt Democrats’ offensive against a candidate whose campaign is based on slander and fear.
Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’
Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.
With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.
"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.
Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all
Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.
Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:
It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.