Bernie Sanders Speaks of Trump, the Holocaust at Washington Mosque

The Democratic presidential hopeful criticizes Trump’s call to ban Muslims from the U.S. and recalls the deaths of his family members under the Nazi regime.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in event at Muhammad Mosque, December 16, 2015.
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Bernie Sanders spoke of the Holocaust and condemned Republican candidate Donald Trump’s “anti-Muslim rhetoric and hatred” in a visit to a Washington mosque.

Sanders, the Democratic presidential hopeful and Vermont senator, participated in a roundtable discussion with Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders at the Muhammmed Mosque on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

Sanders specifically criticized Trump’s recent call to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

“We must never forget what happened under the racist ideology of the Nazis, which led to the deaths of millions and millions of people, including family members of mine,” Sanders said at the northwest Washington mosque, which calls itself “the nation’s mosque.”

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, one of two Muslims in Congress, has endorsed Sanders and appeared with him at the mosque on Wednesday.