While introducing Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Manhattan last night, Sanders-supporter Dr. Paul Song referred to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as a "corporate Democratic whore."
The full quote:
“Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. 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.”
And here's the video.
Awful @stacyherbert @MSNBC moment Dr. Paul Song implored people to stop electing “corporate Democratic whores." pic.twitter.com/fnXcQpaLeT— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) April 14, 2016
After taking the stage, Sanders thanked all of those who introduced him, including Song.
Social media took Song to task:
@Shakestweetz yes. I have never said anything personal about her. Am deeply sorry for my poor choice of words. It was truly about congress.— Paul Y. Song (@paulysong) April 14, 2016
And it was only after comments like that that Song recanted (a bit) with the soft-pedal that he was talking about Congress, not Clinton - even though he had just mentioned Clinton in the same breath and not Congress:
I am very sorry for using the term "whore" to refer to some in congress who are beholden to corporations and not us. It was insensitive.— Paul Y. Song (@paulysong) April 14, 2016
You'll note in the video, Song was speaking about Clinton and the presidency - not Congress. Go back and read the quote.
This morning, Sander tweeted this:
Dr. Song's comment was inappropriate and insensitive. There's no room for language like that in our political discourse.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 14, 2016
The fallout continued today as the progressive group Song chairs, Courage Campaign, moved to put distance between itself and Song's language.
"Courage Campaign does not endorse political candidates. Dr. Paul Song, acting in his own capacity as a health care advocate, and separate from Courage Campaign, made comments at a rally in New York for Senator Bernie Sanders last night that are contrary to the values of Courage Campaign," the statement said. "These comments were unacceptable and that sort of rhetoric has no place in our political dialogue."