Sanders hires protester Biden told to 'vote for Trump'

Sanders hires protester Biden told to 'vote for Trump'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign has hired an activist who former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE told to “vote for Trump” after he confronted Biden about deportations under the Obama administration, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Carlos E. Rojas, a former leader of the immigrant advocacy group Movimiento Cosecha, announced on Facebook that he will serve as Latinx Constituency Organizer for the Sanders campaign in Iowa ahead of the February Iowa Caucuses.

“As someone who is part of the immigrants rights movement, I believe Sanders has the most progressive platform when it comes to immigration, foreign policy and the best approach when it comes to basic needs like healthcare and education,” Rojas wrote.

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“For me, working for Bernie Sanders, is beyond Bernie Sanders - it is about redefining the path we, as a nation, started walking in 2016 under 45. It is about rejecting white supremacy and the scapegoating of vulnerable communities and embracing popular ideals that resonate with a majority of americans like #HealthCareForAll #FreeCollegeEducation #FightFor15 #AbolishICE #CloseTheCamps #CancelCollegeDebt #EndWarsNow etc,” he added.

“Policies are crucial but creating narratives that reframe the us vs them is just as important and I believe the Bernie campaign is best position to intervene with both policy and narrative,” he wrote.

Rojas confronted Biden in South Carolina last November. After he interrupted Biden’s answer on deportations, the former vice president responded “Well, you should vote for Trump … you should vote for Trump.”

“I’m not going to do that,” Rojas responded. The Sanders campaign told the Inquirer that it had indeed hired Rojas but that he did not work for the campaign when he interrupted Biden.

Sanders has led the Democratic field among Latin Americans in multiple polls, including 2019 surveys from the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Latino Decisions, particularly with younger Hispanic voters.