Sanders and O’Malley Say What We All Are Thinking, Call Trump A Fascist Demagogue

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Following Trump’s statement that the US should implement a shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States on Monday, democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders snapped back and called the GOP front-runner exactly what he is, a demagogue.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has consistently been quick to call out Trump’s bigotry, and Monday was no different — within 30 minutes of Trump revealing his policy paper calling for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” O’Malley was on the attack. He immediately tweeted saying that the former reality show star is running as a “fascist demagogue.”

O’Malley also spoke out against Trump’s immigrant bashing during the presidential debate in Iowa last month.

“The fact of the matter is, and let’s say it in our debate — because you’ll never hear this from that immigrant-bashing carnival-barker Donald Trump — the truth of the matter is that net-immigration from Mexico last year was zero,” O’Malley said.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who is currently in second place for the democratic nomination had similar words in a statement issued by his campaign.

“Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin. Now, Trump and others want us to hate all Muslims. The United States is a great nation when we stand together. We are a weak nation when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us,” Sanders’ statement read.

The criticism is not just coming from the left, however. Late Monday afternoon, Lindsay Graham also tweeted calling the real estate mogul’s rhetoric “downright dangerous.”

Governor Chris Christie told reporters that “this is the kind of thing people say when they have no experience and no idea what they’re talking about.”

Even GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush chimed in, tweeting, “Donald Trump is unhinged. His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious.”

While Ted Cruz did not have harsh words for the candidate like many of his peers have — he did say that Trump’s plan is “not my policy.”

It seems as though the only GOP candidate coming even close to Trump’s extremist views is Senator Rand Paul who recently introduced a similar proposal that would prevent refugees from obtaining tourist and immigration visas if they are from a country with a “significant jihadist movement.”

On Sunday, addressing the nation from the Oval Office, Obama stated:

“But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be treated differently.”

In Trump’s inflammatory tweet, he claimed that due to the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!” Many Americans would agree, if we are talking about the hate and danger coming from the Trump campaign.

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