Joe Biden’s presidential campaign privately apologized to radical left-wing activist Linda Sarsour after publicly condemning her extreme anti-Israel views last week.
Sarsour is a leader of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which singles out Israel for isolation. As a former leader of the anti-Trump Women’s March, she excluded pro-Israel Jewish women and maintained ties with the racist and antisemitic Nation of Islam. She also called for “jihad” against President Donald Trump, Breitbart reports.
Sarsour spoke at last weeks DNC as a representative for the Muslim Delegates in the United States, she proclaimed, ““absolutely our party in this moment.” Biden’s campaign quickly distanced themselves from her comments, as Breitbart reported.
“Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of anti-Semitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns her views and opposes BDS, as does the Democratic platform … She has no role in the Biden campaign whatsoever,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told CNN.
After heavy pressure from the Muslim communities, Biden quickly changed his views and apologized.
Biden campaign spokesman @AndrewBatesNC says regarding Sarsour being on this call: “Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of anti-Semitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns her views and opposes BDS, as does the Democratic platform…. https://t.co/GR4ATJTf0p
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 19, 2020
Ashley Allison, Bidens coalition director issued the following apology on behalf of Bidens presidential campaign:
Allison said she empathized with “the pain” that the campaign had caused to Arabs and Muslims by disavowing Sarsour.
“I am sorry that that happened. And I hope that whatever trust was broken, that this conversation is one small step to help build back the trust, but that is not the last time we have this conversation,” Allison told the activists.
Biden foreign policy advisor Tony Blinken, a former Obama administration official, also apologized as well as Biden spokesperson Symone Sanders.
Now get THIS! They took away the apology!
Tapper posted a new statement by the Biden campaign, this time from Symone Sanders that repeated the campaign’s disavowal of Sarsour, “.@SymoneDSanders of Biden campaign: “We met to affirm Vice President Biden’s unshakeable commitment to working with Arab, Palestinian, and Muslim Americans and to standing up against anti-Muslim prejudice, and to make clear that we regretted any hurt that was caused to these communities. We continue to reject the views that Linda Sarsour has expressed.”
2/ “… that was caused to these communities. We continue to reject the views that Linda Sarsour has expressed."
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 23, 2020
Not only is Sarsour known for antisemitic comments, but she is also infamous for making anti-American statements and calling for violence in the United States. She is also widely known for her affiliation with Black Lives Matter and Kaepernick kneeling during National Anthem in the NFL.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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