Former NYPD boss Kerik says socialism now bigger U.S. threat than Islamist terrorism

New York City's police commissioner during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, says he now believes voter acceptance of socialism is a greater threat to America than Islamist terrorism.

Updated: March 3, 2020 - 7:49pm

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Former commissioner of the New York Police Department Bernard (Bernie) Kerik spoke with Just the News today about what he thinks is the single most radical threat to American safety.

For 20 years Kerik has been consistent on his answer - Islamic terrorism. 

But for the first time, he’s changing his answer.

“In the aftermath of September 11th, I’ve consistently said that my greatest (concern) is the influence of radical Islam,” Kerik said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. “My bigger concern right now is that Bernie Sanders and the socialist/communist movement is a greater threat to our democracy than terrorism.”

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Kerik said he is also concerned about today’s youth culture, because it appears to be naive and readily following Sanders’ ideology and candidacy. 

“You have all these young kids who have no conception of what socialism is. They’re running rampant behind him,” Kerik continued. “They don’t have a clue.” 

Sanders, a democratic-socialist and Vermont Independent senator, is seeking the presidential nomination on the Democratic Party ticket.

Kerik is encouraging parents and teachers to look through history and remember how deeply and devastatingly communism and socialism have failed before.

“The last thing I want for this country is the loss of our economic and religious freedoms,” said Kerik, who's calling for an absolute rejection of the Sanders’ platform.