Bernie Sanders is distancing himself from comments made by one of his surrogates at a rally at Washington Square Park on Wednesday night.
Dr. Paul Song is a physician and activist for universal healthcare, and before Sanders took the stage in New York City, Song told the crowd: "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," according to NPR.
After pressure to denounce Song's "whore" comment came from many Hillary Clinton supporters, including her communications director, Sanders tweeted that the comment was "inapporpriate and insensitive."
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
Song issued his own apology on Twitter, implying he wasn't talking about Clinton, but members of Congress who don't support universal healthcare.
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
Still, many people thought Song was speaking directly about Clinton and expressed outrage at the comment. On Thursday, the hashtag #DemocraticWhores began trending on Twitter.
— cindyg (@clg714) April 14, 2016
— Latinos4Hillary (@Latina4Hillary) April 14, 2016
Pretending #DemocraticWhores doesn't have gender implications is like pretending calling a woman candidate too ambitious doesn't either. Oh.
— EmergeAmerica (@EmergeAmerica) April 14, 2016
If you're still trying to make #DemocraticWhores okay by telling women to stop taking things personally, you are the problem.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@srjones66) April 14, 2016
Sanders might have to address the comments when the two Democratic candidates debate tonight in Brooklyn, NY, on CNN.