Bernie Sanders Ditches the Women’s Convention After Backlash

By NTK Staff | 10.20.2017 @1:30pm
Bernie Sanders Ditches the Women’s Convention After Backlash

The Women's March organizers drew scrutiny for inviting an old man to open their upcoming convention in Detroit. Now Sanders isn't attending at all.

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cancelled on the Women’s Convention – organized by the people behind the Women’s March – on Thursday, ending a strange and controversial chapter for both Sanders and the Women’s March movement.

In a statement, Sanders said he’s ditching the Women’s Convention to address the “emergency situation in Puerto Rico,” which is, of course, an emergency, but also has been an emergency for almost a month now.

“I want to apologize to the organizers of the Women’s Convention for not being able to attend your conference next Friday in Detroit. Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing. The U.S. Congress cannot turn its back on the millions of people in Puerto Rico who, four weeks after the hurricane, are still without electricity, food and running water.”

Sanders and the Women’s March were on the wrong side of criticism from feminists and activists after the Women’s Convention invited Sanders, a 76-year-old man, to open a convention meant to empower women activists.

Responding to the backlash, the Women’s Convention instead invited Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to deliver an opening address to the convention.

Apparently unwilling to suffer this indignity, Sanders announced he was kipping the event altogether.

In a tweet, the Women’s Convention thanked Sanders for accepting an invitation, and endorsed his single-payer health care push.

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