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Sanders met with local Interfaith Council, called for an end to ‘scapegoating’

Tracy Simmons

As he passed through Spokane for the second time in a week, Sen. Bernie Sanders met privately with members of the Spokane Interfaith Council and a handful of local faith leaders.

Interfaith Council President Skyler Oberst said the organization would meet with any candidates who want to talk about building community and interfaith work, but that “other candidates have come through and have not reached out to us to engage.”

When asked by Interfaith Council member Ayesha Malik about GOP candidates’ statements regarding Muslims, Sanders singled out Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

“What Trump and others have been saying, the idea that somehow we’re at war with a religion rather than a terrorist organization, is outrageous and certainly not what this country is about,” Sanders said.

Sanders closed his meeting with faith leaders by promising to work toward unity.

“We’re gonna fight for an America where we do away with this scapegoating, whether it’s Muslims, whether it’s Latinos, whether its blacks, whether its gays, whatever it may be,” he said. “It’s our job is to bring us all together.”

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