Democrat Jason Kander (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Jason Kander reacts to slamming Richard Spencer on Twitter: "It's not every day you get to tell off a neo-Nazi"

The Democrat won Twitter over the weekend when he responded to Richard Spencer's tweet about a song from "Cabaret"


Taylor Link
March 20, 2017 7:35PM (UTC)

"It's not every day you get to tell off a neo-Nazi," Jason Kander said on CNN's "New Day" on Monday morning, alluding to the tweet he had sent over the weekend to Richard Spencer, a known white supremacist.

Kander, the former secretary of state of Missouri and a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2016 election, was responding to one of Spencer's tweets, which linked to a song  "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" from the Broadway show "Cabaret" as if it were some sort of Nazi anthem.

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Kander quickly pointed out to Spencer the irony of his embrace of that song:

Now a CNN contributor after his failed bid for Congress, Kander said on "New Day" that he was not surprised his tweet went viral.

"The reason that it went viral is because people are upset about what they are seeing," he said. "When you look culturally at this, what is going on right now, and the feeling that some of these folks, like [Spencer], have sort of been given the license to be more mainstream, it bothers people."

Kander didn't blame the new administration for the mainstreaming of white supremacy but did say he expects more from the president.

"Personally, I would like see the president speak out more. I'm not in anyway saying that the president necessarily sympathizes with it," Kander said, "But I do think that the president of the United States, whether you voted for him or not, no matter who it is at any given time, is, in addition to being the leader of the government and the commander in chief, is the cultural and moral leader of the country, by position."

Added Kander: "Americans need to hear that president is bothered by it and that he feels the need to speak up without anybody really pressures him to do so," he concluded.

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Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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