The men running Senator Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party nomination may have been oblivious to how ordinary Americans feel about his close relationship to Sharia-supporting Muslims, but the rest of the country, including liberal Muslims and Indian Americans, found his close association with more radical Muslims deeply disturbing.
Sanders' advisors make for a strange combination. His Campaign Co-Chair is Rep. 'Ro' (Rohit) Khanna who, despite being a Hindu of Indian ancestry joined the 'Pakistan Caucus' in the U.S. Congress; a move hailed by Pakistan's Ambassador, but condemned by 230 Indian American organizations.
Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir, also of Pakistani Muslim ancestry, was believed to be instrumental in getting the Senator to speak at a convention of the controversial group Islamic Society of North America.
If the objective was to add an extra (Muslim) 2-3% of the vote to an already enthusiastic base of young Americans, blue-collar white workers and the Latino vote bank, it is not difficult to understand why on the eve of Super Tuesday One, Sanders was pictured hugging controversial Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
As if this wasn't enough, liberal and reform-minded American Muslims tell me, even the socialists and social democrats among them have said goodbye to America's "democratic socialist."
Some of us are old enough to have seen the failings of the mainstream left in Europe, Iran, India, Turkey, the Arab World and Africa. The Islamists latched on to the 'anti-Americanism' of the Marxists and then decimated the left like a parasite.
Today, they would rather live with a President Biden or even a re-elected Trump than see a potential Islamist in the White House.
Rasha Al Aqeedi, Managing Editor of Raise Your Voice magazine, put the feelings of liberal and secular U.S. Muslims in a tweet: "Seriously who is advising Sanders? It's not a marginal issue when we have been for months hearing about "Muslims support Sanders." Either drop that line if you don't want to hear the counter perspective or change it to "opportunist sectarians support Sanders."
Rasha Al Aqeedi was referring to the latest blunder by Sanders' apparently pro-Pakistan handlers.
On the eve of Super Tuesday Two in the crucial state of Michigan, Team Sanders got an endorsement from Islamic cleric Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, who told a large Muslim gathering to vote for Sanders: "This is our chance to elect a president ... who defends Muslims and Arabs... Therefore, I encourage you to vote for Bernie Sanders because he represents the values that we all [Muslims] believe in."
Of course, that same cleric has had some nasty things to say about Jews and how they were responsible for the creation of ISIS. Two days later the Sanders team distanced themselves, but only after millions were able to share the endorsement.
The Dearborn mullah's rant may have excited the anti-Semites in his audience, but such endorsements did not fly well even in Michigan, let alone Idaho, Missouri or Mississippi that Sanders lost last night.
And then there were two. Biden vs. Trump. And if you thought Biden could provide an alternative in style, if not substance, don't raise your hopes. Here are some of his recent quips to his own supporters:
In Detroit, when an autoworker questioned Biden's position on the Second Amendment, the former Vice President responded by telling the autoworker, "You're full of shit" and as he walked away said the man was a "horse's arse."
A few weeks ago, Biden referred to a woman at his rally as "a lying dog-faced pony soldier."
So, whoever wins in November, America's 'Looney Tunes' will always be there to remind us how lucky we are in Canada to have witnessed the death of Sharia-Bolshevism.
Tarek Fatah, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and columnist at the Toronto Sun, is a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum.