Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley suggested Saturday during the Democratic presidential debate that surrendering American values to “billionaires with big mouths” was comparable to surrendering to terrorists.
O’Malley made the thinly-veiled reference to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during his opening statement at the debate, which was hosted by ABC News.
“We will rise to the challenge of ISIL and we will rise together to the challenges that we face in our economy. But we will only do so if we hold true to the values and the freedoms that unite us,” O’Malley said. “Which means we must never surrender them to terrorists, must never surrender our American values to racists, must never surrender them to the fascist pleas of billionaires with big mouths.”
“We are a better country than this,” he added. “Our enduring symbol is not the barbed wire fence. It is the statue of liberty.”