Donald Trump responded to the ISIS attacks that occurred in Brussels on Tuesday exactly as we knew he would—using it to stoke the fear, xenophobia, and racism that so energizes his supporters.
Bernie Sanders, of course, responded with the complete opposite strategy.
Sanders appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and gave his thoughts concerning the attack:
“I think people get afraid, and for good reasons. ISIS is a disgusting, barbaric organization. We’ve seen what they’ve done in Paris, what they’ve done in Brussels. People are afraid of an attack in the United States,” he said. “But I think what we have to understand is we’re not going to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America in order to effectively destroy ISIS.”
“At the end of the day, we cannot allow the Trumps of the world to use these incidents to attack all of the Muslim people in the world. That is unfair,” he continued. “To imply that if somebody is a Muslim they’re a terrorist, that is an outrageous statement.”
Trump used the attacks to declare that he would implement waterboarding and other forms of torture to obtain information from terrorists (despite the fact that torture has been proven, over and over, to be ineffective), while other candidates such as Cruz claimed we needed to begin “patrolling” Muslim neighborhoods to prevent radicalization.
Trump has also famously called for a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration, monitoring of mosques, killing of terrorists’ families, and registration of Muslims in a national database.
Sanders has continuously called for the opposite approach: preaching inclusivity and unity with Muslims in the face of ISIS.
This upcoming election will help decide which school of thought the American people are more interested in implementing, and whether our country heads in a direction of peace or continued war.