Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) sees right through President Trump’s race-baiting, and is publicly calling him out for it.
In a viral Facebook post that’s been shared more than 40,000 times as of this writing, Sanders tore into Trump for his decision to invite family members of people killed by undocumented immigrants to his joint address to members of Congress on Tuesday night.
“The murder of anyone is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to all families who lose a loved one to violence,” Sanders began. But let’s be clear about what Donald Trump is doing tonight in inviting family members who saw a loved one murdered by an undocumented immigrant. He is stirring up fear and hatred against immigrants and trying to divide our nation.”
Sen. Sanders then pointed out Trump’s hypocrisy in not extending an invitation to the family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian American man who was recently killed by a 51-year-old white man in Olathe, Kansas who shouted “get out of my country” before firing the fatal shot. He also reminded his followers that Trump didn’t invite the family members of the 9 African American parishioners killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.
“President Trump, any murder is a tragedy. Don’t use these tragedies to stir up divisions by race and nationality?” Sanders wrote.
Trump is addressing a joint session of Congress tonight, where he is expected to speak about his intent to slash taxes, bolster the military budget, and prevent immigrants from distressed Middle Eastern nations from emigrating to the United States.
Read Sanders’ full Facebook post below:
The murder of anyone is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to all families who lose a loved one to violence. But let’s be…
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.