The Democratic frontrunner in Ohio’s special election to fill Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge’s empty seat has close ties to the controversial activist Linda Sarsour.
Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is the Democratic frontrunner for the open Buckeye State’s congressional seat and has referred to Sarsour — who was kicked off the Women’s March board after accusations of anti-Semitic rhetoric — as her “sis” on social media multiple times, including in a 2018 video together at a She The People event.
Turner, who served as Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., national spokesperson for his failed presidential bid, also quote-tweeted praise from Sarsour in 2019 with the caption, “I see you and I love you [Sarsour].”
The pair were also headliners at a Cleveland Women’s March event in 2018, and Turner said on Twitter she wished Sarsour were at a Sanders rally in 2019.
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Sarsour has also posted about Turner, writing in 2019 that she was proud “to be in sisterhood with” the Ohio Democrat and other controversial politicians, such as “Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Cori Bush, D-Mo.
The Women’s March co-founder also called Turner “a national treasure” the same year and said that every time Sarsour is “in [a] space” with Turner, she is inspired to “fight for justice even harder.”
“She has taught so many of us about self worth,” Sarsour wrote. “Taught us that we are fighting for what we deserve, not any favors.”
“She inspires me every day,” she added.
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Sarsour also said Turne
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