In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union”, Sanders called the incident “unspeakable” and “disgusting”.
“Obviously, it is inexpressible. It is disgusting. It is something – I must tell you that I did not expect in my life, as an American, to see a swastika during a big political rally. It is horrible, “said the senator from Vermont. said.
A man was kicked out of a Sanders rally on Thursday after he displayed a flag with a swastika on it. The man was immediately booed by the crowd. Members of the public tore the flag out of the individual’s hand and it was quickly removed for safety.
The incident, which Sanders said on Sunday he heard of after leaving the scene, sparked an uproar, was widely reported on social media and raised calls for safety.
“He was behind me. And I was talking to the crowd and I saw crowds booing and I turned around, I couldn’t quite see what it was. I learned that right after I left the stage” said Sanders. “The idea that there was a swastika, a symbol of everything this country stands against – we lost 400,000 people fighting this symbol, fighting Nazism. Six million Jews were killed, others people have been killed. The most devastating war in human history. ”
If elected, Sanders would be the first American Jewish president. The extended family of Sanders, originally from Poland, was killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War. This is a fact mentioned in a tweet from former Vice President Joe Biden, also a Democratic presidential candidate, condemning this act as “disgusting and beyond pallor”.
At the moment, in response to the hoots, Sanders told the large crowd of his supporters that “whoever” had caused the disturbance was “a little more than tonight”.
“And more importantly, they will be outnumbered in November,” he added.
The American Jewish committee tweeted Friday: “Nazi flags are symbols of pure hatred and have no place anywhere in America, let alone at a rally for a Jewish presidential candidate. We are grateful that the officials were immediately dismissed. “
The report found a total of 1,879 acts against Jews and Jewish institutions across the country, including mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, considered the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. history of the United States.
Veronica Stracqualursi and Annie Grayer of CNN contributed to this report.