Bernie Sanders blasted the hypocrisy of Trump supporters this weekend.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders blasted supporters of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for their hypocrisy regarding the recent death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
At issue was a tweet Trump posted
Trump posted a tweet earlier on Saturday that read: “Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!”
Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2016
Sanders spoke directly to Trump supporters who were also fans of Ali noting the hypocrisy of supporting Ali and Trump in light of his proposed ban on Muslim immigration and mosques along with a proposed registry for all followers of Islam.
“To all of our Donald Trump supporters who tell us that they love Muhammad Ali but say they hate Muslims – understand Ali was a devout Muslim that took his faith very seriously,” Sanders said.
ABC News elaborated on the hypocrisy of Trump’s tweet, noting that “The differences in opinion between Trump and Ali became apparent in December after two Islamic extremists killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Following the tragedy, Trump made his infamous Muslim ban proposal.”
Shortly afterwards, Trump made his initial declaration suggesting the USA shut its borders to Muslim immigration.
Ali issued a statement entitled “Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States.”
Ali not only condemned the shootings, he also took an apparent stab at Trump, writing: “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” Ali wrote, adding: “They have alienated many from learning about Islam.”
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