New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a rising star in the Democratic Party, plans to share a forum Friday with a Muslim-American who has denounced Israel and founders of Black Lives Matters, which has called for killing police officers.
Gillibrand will speak at the Brooklyn Museum at a conference on "Inspiring Social Change," The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
"Other speakers include anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour, two co-founders of Black Lives Matter, and artist Sam Durant, whose works include paintings that read '200 years of white lies' and 'You are on Indian land show some respect,'" the Free Beacon reported.
Sarsour, a New York native of Palestinian parents, has denounced Israel as racist, promoted jihad as a nonviolent struggle and branded President Donald Trump a white supremacist.
"We are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad … but here in the United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House," she told the Islamic Society of North America in July.
The Black Lives Matter movement has staged marches on the streets of New York, chanting: "What do we want? Dead Cops."
Gillibrand, elected to the Senate in 2008, ruled out a presidential run in 2020, but, at 50, she remains one of the promising new faces in a Democratic Party dominated by political warhorses in their 70s and 80s.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California also is frequently mentioned alongside of Gillibrand as Democrats who could rebuild the party after the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
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