Democratic congressional candidate Nina Turner accepted thousands of dollars from the pro-Assad agent who funded the former representative. Tulsi gabbard, D-Hawaii, infamous trip to Syria.
Turner is the frontrunner of a group of Democrats looking to succeed the empty Ohio Congressional seat of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge.
The Ohio progressive currently has a fundraising manager In the race. However, according to FEC dataturner received nearly $ 2,700 in total from pro-Assad activist Bassam Khawam – also known as Sam Khawam.
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Khawam is a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and funded Gabbard’s infamous trip to Syria where she met the Syrian dictator himself. Khawam is also a former member of the Syrian Nationalist Social Party linked to terrorism.
Former Ohio Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich – who is running for mayor in Cleveland and has met Assad several times in the past – and Gabbard’s husband Abraham Williams were also on the trip.
Gabbard ultimately personally reimbursed the cost of the trip, on which she said she had no plans to meet Assad. However, Gabbard met with the Syrian president when the opportunity arose.
“I think we should be prepared to meet with anyone if there is any chance that it could help end this war, which is causing so much suffering to the Syrian people,” Gabbard said in 2017.
Turner’s campaign spokesperson Kara Turrentine confirmed the donation to Fox News in an email on Friday, saying Khawam’s contribution was made to a nonprofit in March, but did not did not respond directly to Fox News’ question of whether Turner supported the Assad regime.
“We donated this contribution to the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition in March,” Turrentine said. “We continue to monitor contributions to our campaign to make sure they align with our values.”
Turner, who was the former presidential campaign spokesperson for Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Has been criticized in the past for her connections to controversial people.
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Far-left activist Phillip Agnew worked alongside Turner as a campaign surrogate for Sanders’ failed presidential campaign in 2019 and 2020.
Agnew, a self-proclaimed socialist, co-founded the militant group Dream Defenders after Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012.
In 2014, Dream Defenders expressed support for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – which has been dubbed a terrorist group by the US government since 1997 – according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a watchdog for the United States. leftist anti-Semitism. .
Dream Defenders also supports funding for the police movement, writing on Facebook in February that they want to fund “the pigs and free all the black people locked behind these walls.” They also showed their support for convicted cop killer Assata Shakur, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list.
The group also called for the abolition of law enforcement, saying police funding is the “way” to do so.
Turner also received the glowing endorsement of Queen Bee Squad Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., who called Turner a “powerful voice for progressive values and policies that will make a significant difference in the life of workers across the country. “
Khawam did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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