Sanders fundraises for congresswomen targeted in Trump tweets

Sanders fundraises for congresswomen targeted in Trump tweets
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMSNBC's Chris Matthews confuses South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate with GOP's Tim Scott Trump surveys South Carolina supporters on preferred Democratic opponent Watch live: Trump holds a rally in South Carolina MORE (I-Vt.) asked supporters on Monday to donate to four progressive congresswomen targeted by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE in a series of tweets telling them to “go back” to other countries.

“When I call Donald Trump a racist, this is what I’m talking about,” Sanders said in a text message to supporters, referring to Trump's tweets directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez cuts census ad with Lin-Manuel Miranda Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Industry group warns fracking ban could cost 7.5M jobs in US MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC via video Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Progressive group leader describes why Warren would be better than Sanders MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHome state candidates risk losing primaries Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC via video Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Omar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir MORE (D-Mich.). All four are U.S. citizens and all but Omar were born in the U.S.

“Please split a contribution between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and our campaign for president,” the donation page reads. “Your contribution will send a message that Trump’s racism will not stand."

Sanders, like the four congresswomen, is associated with the progressive wing of the Democratic party, and on Sunday said House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community Appeals court rules House can't sue to enforce McGahn subpoena House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products MORE (D-Calif.) was being “a little bit” too tough on Ocasio-Cortez amid ongoing tensions between the two after Pelosi dismissed the four congresswomen's influence in an interview with the New York Times.

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"I think you cannot ignore the young people of this country who are passionate about economic and racial and social and environmental justice,” Sanders said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “You've got to bring them in not alienate them."

Sanders tweeted a link to the fundraiser around the same time that the four held a press conference responding to Trump’s tweets, in which Omar said the “blatantly racist” attack demonstrated “the agenda of white nationalists.”