The Hill

Sanders: You can’t praise Ali and disparage Muslims

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday said those mourning Muhammad Ali must remember the boxer’s deep Muslim faith.

“I’ve been all over this country and I’m talking to Muslim people who say, ‘You know, Bernie, our kids are now afraid,’” he said during a press conference in Los Angeles. “I say to those people, one of the great American heroes in modern American history was Muhammad Ali, a very proud Muslim.”

“Don’t tell me how much you love Muhammad Ali and yet you’re going to be prejudiced against Muslims in this country,” he said.

Sanders cited Ali’s opposition to the Vietnam War as an example of the pugilist’s bravery and integrity in and out of the ring.

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