Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) repeatedly denied during a radio interview with NPR host Diane Rehm on Wednesday that he has dual citizenship with Israel, bemoaning the “nonsense” people see on the Internet.
“Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel,” Rehm remarked on “The Diane Rehm Show.”
“Well, no, I do not have dual citizenship with Israel,” the 2016 presidential candidate responded.
“I’m an American,” he said. “I don’t know where that question came from.”
“I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions” Sanders added. “No, I’m an American citizen, period.”
“That’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the Internet,” Sanders said. “But that is absolutely not true.”
Sanders then explained his family’s immigration history.
“You know, my dad came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket,” he said. “He loved this country.”
“I got offended a little bit by that comment, and I know it’s been on the Internet,” Sanders added. “I am obviously an American citizen, and I do not have any dual citizenship.”
Rehm, who said the information came from a “list,” also asked Sanders to identify other U.S. lawmakers who might hold a dual citizenship.
A Google search for the phrase “Bernie Sanders Israeli citizen” yields more than 27,000 results.
SOURCE: Mark Hensch