Bernie Sanders’ New Speechwriter Following the Boston Marathon Bombing: ‘Let’s Hope the Terrorist Was a White American’

Bernie Sanders just hired David Sirota as a speechwriter for his 2020 campaign — a man who once wrote an article for far-left Salon titled, “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.”

Sirota has also praised Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and is massively critical of other Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Following the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, Sirota wrote, “regardless of your particular party affiliation, if you care about everything from stopping war to reducing the defense budget to protecting civil liberties to passing immigration reform, you should hope the bomber was a white domestic terrorist. Why? Because only in that case will privilege work to prevent the Boston attack from potentially undermining progress on those other issues.”

Sirota also asserted that “if the bomber ends up being a white anti-government extremist, white privilege will likely mean the attack is portrayed as just an isolated incident — one that has no bearing on any larger policy debates. Put another way, white privilege will work to not only insulate whites from collective blame, but also to insulate the political debate from any fallout from the attack.”


“It will probably be much different if the bomber ends up being a Muslim and/or a foreigner from the developing world. As we know from our own history, when those kind of individuals break laws in such a high-profile way, America often cites them as both proof that entire demographic groups must be targeted, and that therefore a more systemic response is warranted. At that point, it’s easy to imagine conservatives citing Boston as a reason to block immigration reform defense spending cuts and the Afghan War withdrawal and to further expand surveillance and other encroachments on civil liberties,” Sirota wrote.

He has also praised Chavez for advancing Socialism.

“Indeed, as shown by some of the most significant indicators, Chavez racked up an economic record that a legacy-obsessed American president could only dream of achieving,” Sirota wrote.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

“This isn’t the first time Sirota has worked for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.). When Sanders was a member of the House of Representatives, Sirota was hired as his communications director but was fired soon after. It was discovered Sirota ran a fake website that attributed racially incendiary comments to an opposing candidate when he worked on a campaign for Philadelphia mayor.”

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