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This may be the beginning of the end for Bernie Sanders in New York.
Last night while having a rally in New York City, his far-left spokesperson Dr. Paul Y. Song referred to "status quo" Democrats such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their supporters as "Status Quo . . . Corporatist Democratic Whores," leaving no doubt about his meaning. The remark drew happy cheers from the large crowd in Washington Square, and Bernie thanked the speaker for his words.
Via Blue Nation Review
Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. [boos] Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. [cheers] Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores [cheers] who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.”
Speaker at Bernie Sanders rally: "Please do not believe the bullshit... the status quo sucks."— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) April 13, 2016
Adds that we need to kick out the "corporate Democratic whores" and replace them with "Bernie-crats."— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) April 13, 2016
Bernie issued an apology:
Dr. Song's comment was inappropriate and insensitive. There's no room for language like that in our political discourse.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 14, 2016
Paul Song issued a non-apology-apology, saying he had been "insensitive." This didn't occur to him as he was writing his speech?
I am very sorry for using the term "whore" to refer to some in congress who are beholden to corporations and not us. It was insensitive.— Paul Y. Song (@paulysong) April 14, 2016
@paulysong You're not apologizing to those whom you owe it: The woman running for president and of the party you attacked. Do better.— AlGiordano (@AlGiordano) April 14, 2016
Politicians cannot police everything said by every supporter. But @SenSanders needs to put this fire out asap. Change the tone.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) April 14, 2016
@Ameeridreis Yes - however, when you're running against most qualified woman candidate ever, your rally should not include word "whores."— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) April 13, 2016
@paulysong it was misogynistic, and insulted every Woman Democrat in the Nation. We will make sure Bernie loses.— Barbara Christe (@christe4) April 14, 2016
@paulysong I Have Been A Strong Supporter Of The Courage Campaign & I Find Your Language Despicable & Embarrassing. You Sound Like Trump!— Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) April 14, 2016
The next day, Paul Song's wife Lisa Ling wrote an apology on Facebook. She is a Hillary supporter:
Lisa Ling·Thursday, April 14, 2016
While my husband and I agree on most issues, we are supporting different candidates in this Democratic primary.
However, I know for certain that he would never refer to ANY woman as a "whore." In calling out "corporate whores," Paul was referring to those in Congress who have accepted money from the healthcare industry and big pharma, thus impacting their votes on legislation. Nevertheless, it was a very poor choice of words and Paul is extremely regretful for using it.
Most importantly, he is mortified that such a word is being associated with Secretary Clinton. And I am too.
As a proud supporter of Hillary Clinton's, I am deeply sorry that this gaffe has generated the attention that it has.
People also pointed out that Song must have forgotten that his wife's family was beholden in the past to the so-called "Corporatist Democratic Whores" who helped his wife's sister escape from North Korea:
Fun Fact: Lisa Ling admitted she voted for Nader in 2000. 🐸☕ https://t.co/sdthNEzSxa— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) April 14, 2016
Bernie supporters were quick to excuse the brouhaha as a misunderstanding:
Sorry guys, but because he called out Corporate whores using 'democratic' shouldn't be an issue. It's not sexist. #DemocraticWhores— Jade Helm Commander (@Anomaly100) April 14, 2016
The term "Corporate Whore" refers to both genders & isn't sexual. Everybody knows that. Stop faux outrage. It's dumb. #DemocraticWhores— HSS (@HSSawakening) April 14, 2016
You're angry over word nuance to defend a party brand that literally sold itself to lobbyists by giving them more power than voters?— Michael Salamone (@MichaelSalamone) April 14, 2016
The outcry from the Progressive base was swift, saying the remark was both sexist and insulting:
@aseitzwald The status quo is President Obama. Bye Bernie supporters!— PeacefulRevolution (@ActDontReact) April 14, 2016
IMHO, #DemocraticWhores are the non-Democrats who join the party just to further their own agendas or personal ambitions.— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) April 14, 2016
FDR--SS, welfare, foodstamps— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) April 14, 2016
JFK--Equal Pay Act
LBJ--Civil Rights Act#DemocraticWhores
#DemocraticWhores is the 1st? 2nd? 3rd? 100? 1,000? example of sexism by the Sanders campaign and supporters. The fish rots from the head!— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 14, 2016
So Barack Obama who put his entire Presidency on the line to give folks healthcare is part of the #DemocraticWhores caucus.— Establishment ® Us (@Freefree0Bobbie) April 14, 2016
#DemocraticWhores passed Medicare and Medicaid in the first place.— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) April 14, 2016
I come from a long line of #DemocraticWhores but we're southerners. Do we count?— Tina aka a Dem Whore (@trcfwtt) April 14, 2016
Sanders thinks House & Senate Democrats are #DemocraticWhores. Yeah, SuperDelegates will so switch to him. (rolling eyes)— Chico Delainky (@ChicoDelainky) April 14, 2016