Bernie Sanders Uses 2020 Campaign To Fundraise For Ilhan Omar’s Reelection

By Zachary Stieber

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was using his 2020 presidential campaign to raise money for the re-election of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Sanders suggested the sharing of campaign funds came after the crowd at President Donald Trump’s rally chanted “send her back” about Omar, an immigrant from Somalia.

He said he was with the lawmaker when the chants erupted on July 17.

Last night, I was with @IlhanMN when we heard people at Trump’s rally were chanting ‘send her back.’ She was unfazed. Sadly, she said, this racism isn’t new,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Ilhan has incredible courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s hate, and neither will we.”

Sanders shared a picture of him and Omar eating at an unnamed place and a link to a page on ActBlue, which Democratic lawmakers and candidates use for fundraising. On the page, the following statement was posted: “Please split a contribution between Ilhan Omar and our campaign for president. Your contribution will send a message that Trump’s racism will not stand.”

On another portion of the page was a note that said: “Your contribution will be divided evenly between Ilhan Omar and Bernie Sanders.”

A page for Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign was taking donations for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s re-election. (Act Blue)

There was an option for people donating to Sanders to allocate less money to either him or Omar, or no money at all to one of them, if they selected that option by clicking on a hyperlink.

The Sanders campaign also sent an email out Thursday asking supporters to split a donation between him and Omar.

“Can you split a $2.70 contribution between Ilhan Omar’s re-election campaign and our campaign for president?” Sanders wrote in the email, reported The Hill. “Send a message that we will fight back against Trump’s racism.”

The same picture he shared on Twitter was included in the email, saying he was with Omar, her daughter, and other members of Congress eating dinner when the chants erupted.

“To my surprise, Ilhan was pretty unfazed. Sadly, as she told me, she has been dealing with this kind of hatred and racism for a long time,” Sanders said. “And she knows, as we do, that Trump is a demagogue doing what he does best: dividing and conquering through hate.”

Trump disavowed the “send her back” chant the day after it happened, but took to Twitter Friday morning to issue fresh attacks on Omar and her close allies.

“It is amazing how the Fake News Media became ‘crazed’ over the chant ‘send her back’ by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen,” he wrote.

“Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party. It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch! They even covered a tiny staged crowd as they greeted Foul Mouthed Omar in Minnesota, a State which I will win in #2020 because they can’t stand her and her hatred of our Country, and they appreciate all that I have done for them (opening up mining and MUCH more) which has led to the best employment & economic year in Minnesota’s long and beautiful history!”