While Donald Trump and Ted Cruz played to fear and racism after the Brussels terror attacks, Bernie Sanders called for international unity to destroy ISIS.
Bernie Sanders responded to the Brussels attacks by saying:
We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels who were the target of another cowardly attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. We stand with our European allies to offer any necessary assistance in these difficult times.
Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.
Compare what Sanders said with the bigoted pandering of Ted Cruz, “For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump wants to close the Southern border and tell everyone to hide under their beds, “We have to be very careful in the United States. We have to be very very vigilant about who we allow into this country. Trump later added, “I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what is going on.”
There is no comparison between the racism and bigotry of Cruz and Trump and the statement of Sen. Sanders. Bernie Sanders is prepared to lead an international coalition to destroy ISIS. Trump and Cruz are only looking to spread hate of immigrants and Muslims. Sanders demonstrated the integrity and strength that is completely missing in the top two Republican candidates for president.
While Cruz and Trump sounded like cowardly bigots, Bernie Sanders showed the values of a president.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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