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Sun Jun 5, 2016, 05:08 PM

 

Bernie Sanders praises Muhammad Ali’s ‘incredibly courageous’ opposition to the Vietnam War

WASHINGTON POST
Bernie Sanders praises Muhammad Ali’s ‘incredibly courageous’ opposition to the Vietnam War
By Robert Costa
June 4, 2016


LOS ANGELES — Bernie Sanders on Saturday called Muhammad Ali not only a sports icon, but a “man of conviction and enormous courage” for his refusal to be inducted into the military during the Vietnam War.

“Clearly, Ali was one of the great heavyweight champs of all time, a beautiful boxer and a great athlete,” Sanders said at a news conference. “But the reason that Ali struck a chord in the hearts of so many Americans was not just his great boxing skill. It was his incredible courage. At a time when it was not popular to do so, Ali stood up and said, ‘I am opposed to the war in Vietnam, and I’m not going to fight in that war.’ ”

Sanders, 74, calling himself a “bit of a boxing fan,” wistfully recalled that volatile moment in U.S. history as he stood at a lectern at a DoubleTree hotel here.

That incredibly courageous decision cost him three and a half years of his prime fighting life and cost him, probably, tens and tens of millions of dollars,” Sanders said. “... But he chose to stand by his ideals, his views.”

The senator from Vermont went on to say that Ali’s Muslim faith was central to the boxer’s life — and a part of the Ali story that should be highlighted “at a time when we are seeing a growth in Islamophobia.”

“A very proud Muslim,” Sanders said. “Don’t tell us how much you love Muhammad Ali and yet you’re going to be prejudiced against Muslims in this country.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/06/04/bernie-sanders-praises-muhammad-alis-incredibly-courageous-opposition-to-the-vietnam-war/

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Sun Jun 5, 2016, 06:01 PM

1. That's the story I told my children about Ali last night.

It's great that there are role models like Ali.

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Sun Jun 5, 2016, 08:24 PM

2. He was a brave man

 

He took on many unpopular causes and it cost him plenty. He spent several years of his
prime sitting on the sidelines because he spit in the eye of TPTB. Bernie was right to
praise him for his principled stand.

Rest his soul. K & R

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