Even critics come to Liz Cheney’s defense after Bernie Sanders unleashes uncalled-for sexist remarks on her

 

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been accused of perpetuating sexism as per allegedly uncalled-for remarks he posted to Twitter this week about Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick Cheney, yesterday attacked ‘the fraud of socialism,'” Sanders tweeted Friday afternoon. “Really? I wasn’t aware that it was ‘socialism’ that lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and got us into a horrific war that we should never have started.”

The allegations of lying about WMDs and getting America involved in a war were in reference not to Cheney but her father, who played a pivotal role in launching then-President George W. Bush’s Iraq War in 2003.

That Sanders tried to criticize Cheney by insulting her father did not sit well with many. What made the backlash against him rather unusual was that it came from both conservatives and liberals:

The latter tweet by Rowina Rodrigue alluded to recent allegations that the Vermont senator’s 2016 presidential election campaign had been beset by sexual harassment and violence.

“More than two dozen women and men who worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign are seeking a meeting with the senator and his top political advisers to ‘discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle,'” Politico reported last weekend.

His animosity stemmed from a speech Cheney delivered on the House floor Thursday while nominating Kevin McCarthy to be speaker of the House.

During the speech, the Wyoming representative vowed that as speaker, McCarthy would fight against the “fraud of socialism”  being perpetrated by the Democrat Party.

Listen to the whole speech below:

Though Cheney never mentioned Sanders by name — which makes sense since he’s certainly not the only socialist in the Democrat Party — the Vermont senator nevertheless took her remark personally. And Cheney, in turn, appeared to take Sanders jab at her father personally as well.

“Yes, @SenSanders, son of Eli Sanders, socialism is a fraud,”she tweeted in reply. “It steals power from the people & gives it to the government, crushes human freedom & initiative & devastates economies (ask the Venezuelans). BTW – Your Dick Cheney history is as defective as your economic policy.”

Look:

As of Saturday afternoon, Sanders had not yet responded to her tweet. Others had, however, to let her know that they had her back and were glad to have a Cheney back in government again.

Look:

Everybody always thought Sanders was just a socialist, but these days it appears he may be a sexist — and even a misogynist — as well.

He’s not alone. Despite claiming to be champions of women, Democrats have a sordid history of insulting, demeaning, deriding and mocking any woman — even dead ones — who dares to espouse a political position that differs from that of the party.

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Vivek Saxena

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