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Sanders: 'I never expected in my life, as an American, to see a swastika at a major political rally'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday he “never expected” to see a swastika at a major political rally, after a man was removed from one of his events in Phoenix for displaying a flag with the Nazi symbol.

"The idea that there was a swastika, a symbol of everything that this country stands against ... is unspeakable," Sanders said on CNN’s "State of the Union," adding that around 400,000 Americans died "fighting that symbol, fighting Nazism." 

"I never expected in my life, as an American, to see a swastika at a major political rally. It's horrible," Sanders added. 

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Sanders has the chance to be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major party. 

He said he did not see the flag, which it was unveiled behind him at the rally, and didn’t see it when he turned around after hearing the boos. He learned about it quickly after he left the stage. 

The Secret Service said Thursday no presidential candidate has requested protection from its agents.