Bernie Sanders Has No Chill Over Planned Parenthood’s Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton
Planned Parenthood endorsed Hillary Clinton earlier this month and Bernie Sanders is really salty about it.
During an interview with Rachel Maddow yesterday, the senator referred to both Planned Parenthood and the “Human Rights Fund” (read: Human Rights Campaign) as part of “the establishment.”
“So, I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund and Planned Parenthood,” Sanders said, when Maddow asked about the two endorsements. “But you know what? Hillary Clinton has been around for a very, very long time. Some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.”
As The Slot noted, Sanders was likely referring to the fact that Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign have super PACs. “Both give virtual drops in the bucket each election cycle compared to, say, any oil and gas company ever,” wrote Anna Merlan, “But yeah, those are super PACs.” Still, calling a group like Planned Parenthood “the establishment” has some questionable implications, especially considering they are under attack by the House Judiciary Committee and, you know, literal attackers.
Sanders comments were met with raised eyebrows from viewers. Writing for Slate, J. Bryan Lowder called the incident “a scenario more befitting the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ workroom than the American presidential race.” Over at the New Republic, Jamil Smith called Sanders’s response an “unforced error.”
Part of the issue is that Sanders may have put off a core portion of his desired demographic. “In last night’s interview, Sanders added he hopes to win by ‘rallying the grassroots,’ instead of relying on “’the establishment,'” Steve Benan wrote for MSNBC. “The trouble is, many progressive voters who work with progressive organizations believe they are the grassroots.”
The Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood have since defended themselves, backing up a tweet from Clinton herself (see the “-H”). Sanders has yet to respond.