David Sirota, one of the newest additions to the 2020 Bernie Sanders campaign, once wrote that he hoped the Boston Marathon bomber was a white American.

Two days after the bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds of others, Sirota argued in an article that Americans should wish the bombers be white because that reality would prevent war and wouldn't harm the advancement of liberal causes like cutting defense spending and passing immigration reform. The article was published in liberal outlet Salon and was titled, "Let's hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American."

Sirota wrote in the 2013 article:

Because of these undeniable and pervasive double standards, the specific identity of the Boston Marathon bomber (or bombers) is not some minor detail ó it will almost certainly dictate what kind of governmental, political and societal response we see in the coming weeks. That means regardless of your particular party affiliation, if you care about everything from stopping war to reducing the defense budget to protecting civil liberties to passing immigration reform, you should hope the bomber was a white domestic terrorist. Why? Because only in that case will privilege work to prevent the Boston attack from potentially undermining progress on those other issues.