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Sanders Disavows Surrogate’s Corporate ‘Whore’ Remark

Dr. Paul Song, a supporter of Bernie Sanders, warmed up a crowd at a rally in New York, calling Hillary Clinton a “corporate Democratic whore.”

 

Naturally, the remark drew criticism, including from the Sanders campaign itself.

Dr. Song apologized on Twitter.

The Hill reports:

The candidate’s wife, Jane Sanders, defended the campaign’s response during an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” saying they responded as soon as they were made aware of the surrogate’s comments. She noted that Song was “one of many speakers” at the rally.

The controversy is erupting just days before the New York primary, where Clinton is hoping to score a big win that can halt Sanders’s momentum. The two candidates are set to debate Thursday night in Brooklyn, giving Sanders a chance to make up ground; most polls show him behind in the state by double digits. 

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a Clinton supporter, on Thursday morning said she worries about the tone of the attacks in the race.

“I worry about it on both sides, I think it’s really important we keep the tone where it should be,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“It is unacceptable for anybody to reference Hillary Clinton as a corporate whore, and that’s what happened in the introduction last night at that rally.”

McCaskill said that it was good that Sanders disavowed the comments, but she said he didn’t do it quickly enough.

“Good for him,” she said. “But he should have done it from the podium, the minute those words were issued.”

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) also chastised the surrogate.

“I certainly don’t know the person that made that outrageous and inappropriate comment, but it’s good that he recognized it was outrageous and inappropriate and reined it in and apologized,” Wasserman Schultz said on CNN’s “New Day.”

McCaskill said people cheered when Clinton was called a corporate whore, and that’s when the Vermont senator should have stepped in and told his supporters to remember who “the real enemy is here.”

Sanders was not yet at the rally when Song spoke, according to media reports. 

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