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The socialist policies of the Nazis mirror Bernie’s. So does the antisemitism of the Democrat party.

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Nazi flag at Sanders rally sparks outcry, concerns about safety

By Allyson Chiu, WaPo, March 6, 2020 :

Moments after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the stage at his campaign rally in Phoenix Thursday night …….

[….] one man standing behind the senator in an upper section of the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum wasn’t waving a “Bernie” sign like many of those around him.

Instead, the man was holding a red flag above his head — and it was emblazoned with a swastika.

“It was absolutely wild,” Brianna Westbrook, a national surrogate for the Sanders campaign, told The Washington Post. “I never thought I would have seen a swastika at a political event. It’s gross.”

While people near the unidentified protester quickly ripped the offending item out of his hands and he was removed from the arena, the mere appearance of a Nazi flag at an event dedicated to a democratic socialist who could become the country’s first Jewish president sparked outcry. The moment, captured in videos and photos that circulated on social media Thursday night, was denounced as an act of anti-Semitism and prompted increased concerns about Sanders’s safety on the campaign trail.

“We can argue about which candidate should get the Dem nomination, but anti-Semitic acts have no place in this world,” tweeted Steven Slugocki, chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Party. “This is absolutely abhorrent.”

Sanders’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment late Thursday. A spokesperson for the senator told BuzzFeed News reporter Ruby Cramer that Sanders “is aware of the flag with the swastika on it and is disturbed by it.”

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