On August 18, the Joe Biden campaign distanced itself from New York Democratic National Convention delegate Linda Sarsour after she gave a speech to a delegation of Muslim Democrats. A spokesman for Biden condemned Sarsour’s history of antisemitism and her support for the extremist boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at Israel.
“She has no role in the Biden campaign whatsoever,” said Andrew Bates, director of rapid response for the campaign.
However commendable Biden’s decision was to disavow a habitual antisemite such as Sarsour, the former vice president should clean up his own house first. Indeed, Biden’s Muslim outreach director supports the same BDS movement that prompted Sarsour’s renunciation.
Moreover, Sarsour wasn’t the only member of the Muslim delegation who should have provoked controversy among Democrats. The “Muslim Delegates and Allies Coalition” that Sarsour addressed includes Islamist clerics, activists, and community leaders who possess extremist views.
To be sure, Sarsour did not attend the national convention on behalf