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Obama-Backed Congressional Candidate Says Trump and Osama Bin Laden Have a Lot in Common

Democratic congressional candidate Sean Casten, in audio surfacing from a February campaign event, compared President Trump to the man behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

Casten, in fact, said the President and Osama Bin Laden have a “tremendous amount in common.”

“In many ways — and I don’t mean to sound overly, I don’t know, hyperbolic on this,” he said before engaging in overtly hyperbolic speech, “Trump and Osama Bin Laden have a tremendous amount in common.”

Casten, rather than realizing what he just said and backpedaling as fast as possible, actually elaborated on his statement.

“They have both (figured out) how to use the bully pulpit to, you know, activate marginalized young men, right?” he claimed. “Every demagogue has done this, right? Find a group of angry people and give them something to be angry at, right?”

Audio of these absurd comments has been obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and can be heard below:


Casten’s campaign responded to the backlash by claiming his “words were poorly chosen, and he regrets them.”

But … it’s really President Trump’s fault.

“Sean believes that Donald Trump has gone out of his way to divide Americans for his own personal gain rather than bringing us together,” the statement reads before pivoting to gun violence.

Earlier this month, Barack Obama endorsed Casten as part of his list of “a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates.”


Maybe somebody should get a comment from him on endorsing extreme rhetoric. You know, the way the media undoubtedly would have done if a Trump-backed candidate made similar statements.

Comparing the President to Osama Bin Laden isn’t anything really new for a Democrat party that has come unglued since Trump won the election. In fact, they put that date – 11/08/2016 – on equal footing with 9/11 quite often.

Amy McGrath, a Democratic congressional candidate in Kentucky, claimed the morning after the election felt exactly the same as the morning after 9/11.

“What has just happened to my country?” she asked.

It doesn’t end there:

  • Socialist curmudgeon, Bernie Sanders, declared that a Trump-backed Obamacare replacement bill would be worse than the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
  • Hollywood actor Robert De Niro compared the election results to 9/11.
  • Failed Virginia senatorial candidate Tom Perriello called Trump’s election “a political and constitutional September 11.”
  • Rotund filmmaker Michael Moore produced an anti-Trump movie whose title links the day after his election to 9/11.
  • Harry Reid compared Russian hacking to 9/11.
  • Numerous snowflakes compared Hillary Clinton’s loss to the attacks.

The campaign for Casten’s opponent Peter Roskam said this kind of rhetoric “is exactly the wrong approach” in trying to get things done.

It’s also the wrong approach in trying to be a decent person.

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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