A newly employed neighborhood organizer for the Bernie Sanders presidential marketing campaign has left simply days after taking the job – reportedly as a result of a few of his previous tweets allegedly contained anti-Semitic and homophobic statements, in addition to derogatory remarks about girls and Asians.
A number of of the tweets additionally reportedly included crude sexual references.
Darius Khalil Gordon had introduced Wednesday that he had been named deputy director of constituency organizing for Sanders, the impartial U.S. senator from Vermont who’s among the many prime contenders for the Democratic Social gathering’s 2020 presidential nomination, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
However after a report about Gordon’s previous tweets appeared Thursday within the Free Beacon, a Sanders spokesman advised CNN on Friday that Gordon was not with the senator’s marketing campaign.
“He’s not with the marketing campaign and we want him the most effective,” Mike Casca, the Sanders marketing campaign spokesman, advised CNN.
On Friday, the Republican Jewish Coalition, based mostly in Washington, had referred to as upon Sanders to fireplace Gordon.
“It is outrageous that Bernie Sanders would hire him, given Gordon’s history of posting blatantly anti-Semitic comments on social media,” The RJC wrote in an announcement.
Gordon’s tweets have since been deleted however display captures of the messages are nonetheless seen on social media.
Staffing points have been problematic for Sanders’ presidential campaigns, each in 2016 and at the moment.
Again in January, Sanders posted on Twitter an open apology to all girls engaged on his 2016 marketing campaign “who were harassed or mistreated.” A number of girls had complained about one of many state marketing campaign administrators who labored for Sanders.
In March, Sanders employed a marketing campaign spokeswoman who claimed to be an illegal immigrant, in addition to two different staffers who had been non-Americans — in possible violation of federal election rules.
In September, a shakeup of Sanders’ present marketing campaign operation occurred quickly after the candidate misplaced out on a key endorsement: that of the progressive Working Households Social gathering, which opted as an alternative to again Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Sanders additionally contends with potential fallout from the endorsements of two Muslim girls serving in Congress: U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., have been accused quite a few occasions of creating anti-Semitic statements and being anti-Israel. However their supporters have famous that each girls help Sanders, who’s Jewish.