Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bernie Surrogate Calls Hillary and Supporters "Democratic Whores"

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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.”

Bernie issued an apology:

Paul Song issued a non-apology-apology, saying he had been "insensitive." This didn't occur to him as he was writing his speech?

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:

Bernie supporters were quick to excuse the brouhaha as a misunderstanding:

The outcry from the Progressive base was swift, saying the remark was both sexist and insulting:

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