Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a top-tier 2020 contender for the Democrats, retracted an endorsement just one day after he first offered it to a staunchly progressive longtime supporter who is running for Congress in California, the Washington Examiner reported.
That candidate is Cenk Uygur, the controversial creator and host of the progressive left radio-turned-YouTube media outlet The Young Turks, who announced in November that he was running to fill the 25th District seat in California left vacant by the sudden resignation of Democrat Rep. Katie Hill, who came under fire and an ethics investigation over allegations of having affairs with staffers.
In a tweet posted on Friday, Sanders wrote, “@cenkuygur has been a longtime fighter against corruption. However, our movement is bigger than any one person. I hear my supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns. Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign and I retract my endorsement.”
Uygur has long been a divisive figure with a documented history of making bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic, and racist statements, and there was swift backlash on the left following Sanders’ announcement of support for his candidacy.
Due to his years of ongoing loyalty to far-left ideologies, Uygur has — until now — largely been given a pass for remarks that would have assuredly destroyed the careers and political aspirations of any conservative.
Sanders’ retraction of his endorsement of Uygur on Friday is remarkable in that it was just on Thursday that he expressed his support for the leftist host’s congressional candidacy in a statement provided to HuffPost.
“For many years Cenk has been one of the outstanding progressive journalists in our country,” Sanders said of Uygur. “He has shown enormous courage in standing up to the greed and power of the corporate elite, and has spent his entire life fighting for justice and the needs of the working people of our country.”
HuffPost noted that, like Sanders, Uygur was a loud proponent of progressive socialistic policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and confiscatory taxes on the wealthy, among other far-left ideals.
The senator added, “I’m endorsing Cenk because I know he will serve ordinary people, not powerful special interests. He is a voice that we desperately need in Congress and will be a great representative for CA-25 and the country.”
Yes, a desperately needed voice in Congress to talk about such things as rating scales for women and oral sex, who made prolific use of the “N-word” in the past, who has promoted bestiality, who has been otherwise degrading and demeaning to women and homosexuals, and who was ousted from his own far-left Justice Democrats organization that he founded for all of that and more, as reported separately by the Washington Examiner.
Ignorance or indifference?
It would seem that Sanders was either unaware or simply didn’t care — until a bunch of his supporters began to complain — about Uygur’s widely known history of controversy, and he merely extended his endorsement to someone who has steadfastly supported him since the 2016 campaign.
Perhaps if Sanders or someone on his campaign had done just the slightest bit of due diligence, this embarrassment could have been avoided. One can only wonder if such blatant ignorance or callousness for others — on whose behalf Sanders claims to stand — would be a hallmark of a hypothetical Sanders presidency.