Justin Wise, The Hill, August 18, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday invoked the Holocaust while vowing to go to war against white nationalism and racism if he wins the 2020 presidential election.
“I’m Jewish, my family came from Poland. My father’s whole family was wiped out by Hitler and his white nationalism,” Sanders said while speaking at the Young Leader’s Conference in Atlanta. “Too many people have fought over the years, too many people have died against racism to let it resurface and flourish in America.”
“We will go to war with nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives,” Sanders added, before arguing that hate crimes perpetrated on the basis of race should be viewed as domestic terrorism.
“When we combat white nationalism and when we combat racism, we are going use all the laws in our power, including executive orders in every area to make certain that we end the discrimination which now exists,” Sanders added.
Sanders acknowledged last week that Trump doesn’t want to see anyone get shot, but he argued that the president has created a climate for attacks like the one in El Paso.
Separately, FBI Director Christopher Wray said last month that the agency has made about 100 domestic terrorism-related arrests since October, with the majority tied to white supremacy.