Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praised Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar as “one of the bravest members of the United States Congress” during a campaign rally at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.
After Omar introduced Sanders to the stage, the Daily Wire reports the Vermont Senator made the comment and thanked her for supporting him.
“I want to thank all of you for coming out this evening and especially want to thank Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for coming all the way from Minneapolis,” Sanders said. “This Congresswoman is not only one of the most progressive members of the U.S. House, a leader on so many important issues; she is also one of the bravest members of the United States Congress. She has stood up to more ugliness coming from the highest levels of government than I have ever seen, and I am so impressed by all that she does and so honored to be able to work with her and have her here in New Hampshire tonight.”
According to Fox News, this was the first time Omar has accompanied Sanders at a rally since officially endorsing him last month:
In her speech introducing Sanders, the congresswoman highlighted how she and Sanders have been labeled by the media and many political pundits as radicals.
“If believing that 500,000 Americans should not be forced into medical bankruptcy every single year is radical, then we’re proud to be radical,” Omar said as she continued to list a number of examples of why “we should all be proud to be radicals.”
There were no demonstrations against Omar at the Southern New Hampshire University event, and people in the mostly pro-Sanders crowd that Fox News spoke to didn’t appear concerned or bothered that the senator was accompanied by the controversial congresswoman.
Omar has faced several controversies during her brief time in office, including “comments about Israel and Jewish Americans that many Republicans and some Democrats considered anti-Semitic. Her comments have also created division among Democrats regarding U.S. policy toward Israel,” Fox News adds.
New Hampshire state representative Judy Aron, a Republican, issued a statement ahead of the planned event criticizing the Sanders campaign for including Omar.
“New Hampshire Democrats have really gone too far,” Aron said in the statement per Fox News. “By bringing noted anti-Semite and opponent of Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar to New Hampshire, Democrats are showing how anti-Israel the modern Democrat base is.”
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