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Bernie Sanders endorses far-left Portland mayor candidate who openly embraces communist authoritarians

Far-left Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, who has described herself as an “everyday anti-fascist” and declared, “I am Antifa,” has received a huge endorsement on Thursday from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Iannarone was excited to get the support from the self-avowed socialist.

Iannarone, who has embraced the label as the “Antifa mayor,” shared Sanders’ endorsement on her campaign website.

In every corner of the country, strong progressives are running at the state and local level to represent our movement and lead the fight to transform this country. These races are incredibly important — that’s why I am endorsing progressive, down-ballot candidates across the country. If you can, I hope you’ll cast your ballot for them when you vote.

Iannarone responded by saying, “Thank you, Senator Sanders. Bernie sees a progressive running to challenge the status quo, and he wants to help.”

“I am proud to receive his endorsement,” she continued. “I’m excited to work on behalf of the 99% to hold big corporations accountable and to fight for health care for all Portlanders and everyone across the country.”

The ultra-progressive Iannarone is taking on incumbent Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has been the mayor since 2017. A poll released earlier this month found that the race is extremely tight with Iannarone at 34% and Wheeler at 33%.

In 2016, Iannarone tweeted a photo of another person’s ballot with dictators such as Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Ho Chi Minh as write-ins.

“Quite possibly my favorite ‘I voted this way’ photo to date,” she tweeted, adding that she “hearts” all of the despots.

Iannarone openly advertises that she admires communist authoritarians. She was seen wearing a skirt with the faces of Che Guevera, Joseph Stalin, and Chairman Mao printed on it.

Earlier this month, Iannarone praised Joe Biden for saying that Antifa is an “idea.” During a debate against Wheeler, the Portland mayoral candidate was asked about how she would handle protests in the city, which she responded, “I love that Joe Biden answered this question before me, because being opposed to fascism in 2020 is not something to be embarrassed about.”

“I have a bumper sticker from the beginning of my campaign that says #EverydayAntifascist,” Iannarone proclaimed. “And what I have tried to do is normalize peaceful responses to the rise of white nationalism by organizing in my community.”

A new report was published this week that found America’s youth is increasingly embracing communism, socialism, and Marxism. Millennials and members of Gen Z were far more likely to adopt communism and collectivism. Many were in favor of eliminating capitalism completely to make way for socialism.

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Portland’s pro-Antifa mayoral candidate in 2016 tweeted image of ballot with ‘violent despots’ like Stalin, Lenin, Ho Chi Minh as write-ins

Portland’s pro-Antifa mayoral candidate, Sarah Iannarone, is being questioned about a tweet she posted in 2016 that included an image of a ballot with figures such as Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Ho Chi Minh as write-ins,
KOIN-TV reported.

What are the details?

Last week, Mayor Ted Wheeler’s campaign released a statement objecting to Iannarone “writing in violent despots like
Ho Chi Minh and Joseph Stalin on her 2016 ballot,” the station said.

But Iannarone’s campaign manager Gregory McKelvey told KOIN that the image in question doesn’t depict her ballot. Rather, he told the station, Iannarone “posted the ballots of many of her supporters who sent them in after voting for her” and that she “shared a picture of someone else’s ballot celebrating Black women like Angela Davis and Assata Shakur.”

The tweet of the 2016 primary campaign ballot also includes write-in votes for Mao Zedong, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Vladimir Lenin, and others, KOIN said.

Indeed a number of the individuals on the ballot image were responsible for the deaths of millions of people. In addition, the station added:

Angela Davis is an activist who was acquitted of kidnapping, murder and conspiracy charges in the 1970s, then ran as Vice President on the Communist Party ticket and later became a professor at the University of California Santa Cruz. Assata Shakur is a convicted killer of a New Jersey state trooper who later escaped from prison and was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.

Wheeler campaign manager Danny O’Halloran said, essentially, it really doesn’t matter if that’s her ballot.

“No one who saw that tweet would have any way of thinking that [it wasn’t her ballot],” O’Halloran told KOIN. “But more importantly it doesn’t really matter. On that ballot is a vote for Sarah Iannarone, and everyone else written in was a Communist dictator. And her choosing to post that is just as inflammatory and mocks our democratic institutions in just the same way.”

He added to the station that her tweet “fits a pattern of constant inciteful rhetoric by Sarah Iannarone and her campaign. She has repeatedly said she is affiliated with Antifa, she has chosen to wear items of clothing with Mao Zedong’s face on it, she posted this tweet of a ballot with Communist dictators names — seeming to praise it — and she has been asked in interviews to condemn violent protest and has refused to, going as far as to say in an interview that peaceful protest might not be going far enough.”

KOIN said McKelvey declined the station’s request for an on-camera interview with him or Iannarone but that he did issue a statement:

“Ted Wheeler is using the same tactics as Donald Trump to scare and confuse voters. The claim is simply a lie. Trump and Wheeler paint progressive women as too radical because they believe misogyny and misrepresentations can still win elections. They are tired tricks from a time that our city and nation are eager to move past. In 2016 Sarah shared a picture of someone else’s ballot celebrating Black women like Angela Davis and Assata Shakur. Wheeler’s campaign is increasingly desperate to paint Sarah as a radical because his ideas are straight out of the McCarthy era – degradation of the climate, housing segregation, police brutality, and Red Scares. Portland deserves a conversation surrounding our housing crisis and economic recovery, not the daily distortions, alt-right attacks, and Red Scares of Wheeler’s desperate reelection campaign. We expect voters to reject Donald Trump and Wheeler’s shared tactic on election day.”

Anything else?

Earlier this month, a poll of likely Portland mayoral voters indicated Iannarone had an 11-point lead over Wheeler, the incumbent candidate. But O’Halloran told KOIN the most recent polls show the race is “effectively tied” and a large number of undecided voters are still out there.

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