MANCHESTER, N.H. – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders returned on Friday to the state that holds the primary major within the race for the White Home with freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, the high-profile and progressive firebrand member of Congress.
After introducing Sanders at a marketing campaign occasion at Southern New Hampshire College, the populist senator from Vermont known as the controversial Minnesota lawmaker “some of the extraordinary individuals in American politics.”
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It was the congresswoman’s first time on the marketing campaign path with Sanders since she formally endorsed his Democratic presidential nomination bid at a rally in Minneapolis final month.
In her speech introducing Sanders, the congresswoman highlighted how she and Sanders have been labeled by the media and plenty of political pundits as radicals.
“If believing that 500,000 Individuals shouldn’t be compelled into medical chapter each single 12 months is radical, then we’re proud to be radical,” Omar stated as she continued to listing numerous examples of why “we should always all be proud to be radicals.”
Omar is a member of a bunch of first-term feminine progressive Home members of shade who’re collectively generally known as “the Squad.” Along with Omar, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have additionally endorsed Sanders.
The fourth member of the group — Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — has endorsed Sanders’ populist rival for the nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Pressley was set to talk later Friday on the identical occasion the place Sanders and Omar had been additionally talking: an awards and fundraising gala for the New Hampshire Younger Democrats.
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Omar has repeatedly been embroiled in controversy throughout her temporary tenure in Congress — together with over feedback about Israel and Jewish Individuals that many Republicans and a few Democrats thought-about anti-Semitic. Her feedback have additionally created division amongst Democrats concerning U.S. coverage towards Israel.
There have been no demonstrations towards Omar on the Southern New Hampshire College occasion, and folks within the largely pro-Sanders crowd that Fox Information spoke to didn’t seem involved or bothered that the senator was accompanied by the controversial congresswoman.
On the eve of the arrival of Sanders and Omar in New Hampshire, the state GOP issued a press release from a Republican state consultant criticizing state Democrats.
“New Hampshire Democrats have actually gone too far,” Rep. Judy Aron stated. “By bringing famous anti-Semite and opponent of Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar to New Hampshire, Democrats are exhibiting how anti-Israel the trendy Democrat base is.”
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Sanders largely delivered his customary stump speech, however he did take purpose at President Trump over local weather change — particularly on the Republican incumbent’s criticism on Thursday of Greta Thunberg, the teenager local weather change activist who was named Time’s Individual of the 12 months.
Trump, who was named Time’s Individual of the 12 months in 2016 and was on the shortlist for this 12 months’s honors, took to Twitter to mock the Swedish teenager after she beat him out for the honor.
“So ridiculous. Greta should work on her Anger Administration drawback, then go to a superb quaint film with a pal! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump tweeted.
Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has spoken publicly in regards to the social challenges it creates.
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Taking purpose at Trump at his occasion in New Hampshire, Sanders stated: “On this situation, what he’s doing by claiming that local weather change is a hoax, by really attacking Greta Thunberg — what he’s doing will not be solely endangering our nation however all the world.”
Sanders’ point out of Trump’s jab at Thunberg elicited boos from the group.