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Cheese Sandwich

(9,086 posts)
Sat Jun 4, 2016, 04:47 PM Jun 2016

Bernie Sanders praises Muhammad Aliís "incredibly courageous" opposition to the Vietnam War

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.’ ”

Ali, who died Friday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., famously refused to be drafted in April 1967. Months later, he was convicted of draft evasion and was temporarily banned from boxing.
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“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.”
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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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Bernie Sanders praises Muhammad Aliís "incredibly courageous" opposition to the Vietnam War (Original Post) Cheese Sandwich Jun 2016 OP
O Yeah! yourpaljoey Jun 2016 #1
Wow. I had forgotten about that. He was indeed a True Champ. libdem4life Jun 2016 #2
He's a real hero I would say. Cheese Sandwich Jun 2016 #10
I agree too and I'm a Vietnam vet. He gave up his heavyweight title for three and half years B Calm Jun 2016 #3
Had it not been for a unanimous Supreme Court decision he'd have been jailed. Different times. EndElectoral Jun 2016 #4
The Goldwater years have gotten a little hazy. Orsino Jun 2016 #5
at least Ali used religious convictions to go for Conscienscous objecter...not...I just don't want beachbum bob Jun 2016 #6
he should have used deception like Bill Clinton virtualobserver Jun 2016 #8
At least Bernie didn't vote for that bullshit war in Iraq Broward Jun 2016 #9
What's Clinton got to say on this sad occasion? JackRiddler Jun 2016 #7
 

B Calm

(28,762 posts)
3. I agree too and I'm a Vietnam vet. He gave up his heavyweight title for three and half years
Sat Jun 4, 2016, 04:51 PM
Jun 2016

for his beliefs that the war was wrong. Guess what, he was right!

 

beachbum bob

(10,437 posts)
6. at least Ali used religious convictions to go for Conscienscous objecter...not...I just don't want
Sat Jun 4, 2016, 05:09 PM
Jun 2016

to go to war...like sanders tried

Broward

(1,976 posts)
9. At least Bernie didn't vote for that bullshit war in Iraq
Sat Jun 4, 2016, 05:54 PM
Jun 2016

unlike some other morally bankrupt politicians.

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