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Organizers Face Backlash for Bernie Speech at Women’s Convention

The Women’s March invited a septuagenarian man to open its Women’s Convention in October. Now, they’re on the receiving end of backlash.

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The Women’s March captured the country’s attention in January 2017 when organizers succeded in having more people show up to protests of President Trump – in Washington, D.C. and around the nation – than his inauguration.

However, the group has spent much of the rest of 2017 embroiled in controversy over some of its organizers’ radical views, allies, and tactics.

Now, the Women’s March is catching heat from liberals and feminists alike.

On Thursday, the group’s official Twitter feed announced that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would get a key speaking slot at its convention in October.

The backlash was immediate. From Hillary Clinton ally and head of the Center for American Progress (CAP) Neera Tanden:

And from Clinton defender Peter Daou:

The Women’s March responded to the backlash by suggesting, in essence, all women leaders are “busy” that day.

The backlash continued, though. Stephanie Schriock, the head of the pro-Democratic women’s group EMILY’s List, tweeted her disappointment.

It’s just one more rift in the Democratic Party in 2017.