The Bernie Sanders campaign has apologized for comments from yet another one its surrogates, tweeting that a “corporate Democratic whores” reference by a pro-Sanders advocate was “inappropriate and insensitive.”
Health care activist Dr. Paul Song spoke as part of the early pre-program at Sanders’ high-profile event in Washington Square Park Wednesday night. He came under fire for saying, “Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.”
Song was not the first Sanders surrogate to put his foot in his mouth. Over the course of his campaign, several of the Vermont senator’s backers have gone off message or delivered comments others have found offensive, and many of these controversial comments seem to reflect heightened sexual and gender-specific rhetoric.