According to Sean Casten, a Democrat candidate for Congress from Illinois, President Donald Trump compares favorably to Osama bin Laden, a man responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans.
How disgusting, Sean Casten, Democratic candidate in Illinois 6th district is comparing our President, Donald Trump to Leader of al Quida, Osama Bin Laden. How desperate are the Democrats getting????
— Ruth Ternyila (@rosemaryruth) August 31, 2018
Regardless of one’s political views, this move by Casten (who was clearly trying to draw attention to himself and his campaign) is bush league at its finest.
From Fox News:
“I don’t mean to sound overly, I don’t know, hyperbolic on this,” Sean Casten, a Democrat, originally said in a recording obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “Trump and Usama bin Laden have a tremendous amount in common because they have both figured out how to use the bully pulpit to activate marginalized young men.”
“Every demagogue has done this, right – find a group of angry people and give them something to be angry at,” Casten continued.
Casten won the Democratic primary in March and will face incumbent Rep. Peter Roskam in November. Roskam, a Republican, has represented Illinois’ 6th congressional district since 2007.
Veronica Vera, spokeswoman for Roskam’s campaign, called the comments “hateful, vicious language” that is “exactly the wrong approach.”
“Sean Casten has called Republicans pedophiles, likened abortion to gallbladder surgery and called Republican Party donors ‘a bunch of morons,’” she said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times. “Our communities need a solutions-oriented Representative who can bring people together to get things done.”
Casten has referred to Republicans as “pedophiles” in the past.
“Sean Casten has called Republicans pedophiles, likened abortion to gallbladder surgery and called Republican Party donors ‘a bunch of morons,'” a spokeswoman for Roskam’s campaign wrote.https://t.co/BAkdlSPH1k
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) August 30, 2018
— Kevin C. (@KevinCo73373810) August 31, 2018
Good thing we still and will always believe in Trump and the GOP. Resistance is futile my frind sean casten
— Al (@Al09137036) September 4, 2018
More on Casten from Free Beacon:
Casten’s campaign was sent the audio on Wednesday and chose not to respond to a request for comment and whether he stands by the comparison.
The comment was made during a public “meet and greet” in Wheaton, Illinois. No attendees can be heard objecting to the comparison of the president and the infamous terrorist.
Last year failed Virginia senatorial candidate Tom Perriello was caught by the Free Beacon calling Trump’s election “a political and constitutional September 11.” He later said he regretted the comparison and apologized.
Casten is running to unseat Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, who has held the seat since 2007 and won by a wide margin in 2016 in a district that Trump lost to Hillary Clinton. The race is currently rated a toss-up by most election prognosticators.
Will Congressional Democrat leaders condemn Casten’s remarks?
What’s next? Will someone liken Trump to Adolf Hitler?