Bernie Sanders steps down from women’s conference lineup; a date with San Juan mayor is his best excuse?

[sharenow]

By Amber Randall, DCNF DCNF

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders decided not to speak at the Women’s Convention, choosing instead to travel to Puerto Rico to see where he is needed.

Sanders announced the decision Thursday and apologized for not being able to attend the event organized by the Women’s March, reports The Detroit News.

“I want to apologize to the organizers of the Women’s Convention for not being able to attend your conference next Friday in Detroit,” Sanders said in a statement. “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.”

Puerto Rico is still facing a crisis after Hurricane Maria wiped through the island last month and island officials are struggling to make sure their residents have enough food and water for survival.

The Women’s March organizers, who are hosting the convention to prepare women for the 2018 elections, said they understood why Sanders needed to bow out.

“We understand his leadership is needed in Puerto Rico and, as always, we deeply appreciate his commitment to communities in need. We look forward to continuing to work with him on issues that impact women and all Americans,” organizers said.

The Women’s March faced a wave of outrage last week when feminists denounced their decision to have Sanders speak at the first night of the convention. The Women’s March was forced to defend itself, pointing out that theme for the convention came from a woman and Rep. Maxine Waters would be the convention’s key note speaker.

Follow Amber on Twitter

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].

DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW

Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
[sharenow]

Comment

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles