Aug 21, 2019

Sanders fires back at Trump over Jewish "disloyalty" remarks

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa Tuesday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to President Trump questioning the loyalty of Jewish Americans who support the Democratic Party by tweeting Tuesday that he's a "proud Jewish person" with no concerns about voting Democrat.

I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States."
— Sanders tweet

Why it matters: As CNN notes, the presidential candidate has increasingly referred to his family's experience of the Holocaust this year, as he frames a broader argument that Trump's rhetoric is stoking white supremacy in the U.S. And he's spoken of his father's experience as a Polish immigrant in America, as Trump moves to restrict immigration.

  • That's in contrast to his 2016 campaign, when Sanders became the first Jewish candidate to win a major-party presidential primary but rarely spoke about his background, per the progressive, secular outlet Jewish Currents.

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Trump doubles down on American Jewish "disloyalty" comments

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President Trump doubled down on comments he made yesterday regarding Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying Wednesday, "You’re being disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel."

The big picture: The “dual loyalty” charge has historically been used to allege "that Jews should be suspected of being disloyal neighbors or citizens because their true allegiance is to their coreligionists around the world or to a secret and immoral Jewish agenda," according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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Bernie Sanders pledges to cancel $81 billion in U.S. medical debt

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted on Saturday about plans to cancel "all $81 billion in existing past-due medical debt."

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Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren over Bernie Sanders

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The Working Families Party, a progressive labor group, on Monday endorsed 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: The WFP gained national attention in the 2016 presidential election when it endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. The party's early endorsement of Warren over Sanders signals that the Massachusetts senator is making significant inroads with progressive voters, a key wing of the Democratic Party.

Go deeperArrowSep 16, 2019