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Exactly 17 minutes after Democrat front-runner candidate Joe Biden posted a tweet Friday afternoon to denounce a thug who’d unfurled a Nazi flag during one of fellow candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rallies Thursday, the Vermont senator responded.

But instead of perhaps thanking Biden for his support, Sanders ruthlessly bashed him for the widely panned recent behavior of one of his surrogates, CNN contributor Hilary Rosen.

Look, and pay attention to the timestamps:

Sanders’ caustic tweet referenced the feud that erupted last Thursday on CNN between Rosen and Sanders’ national campaign co-chair, Nina Turner.

During a discussion on Biden vs Sanders, Turner cited a quote from deceased civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. to argue that Sanders’ radicalism is more in line with the views of deceased civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. than Biden’s alleged moderation.

Rosen responded by claiming she was taking the quote out of context, spurring Turner into explaining that no, she wasn’t.

“He said it is the point that the white moderate wants things to be comfortable,” she noted. “And instead of focusing in on that, the bigger threat is not necessarily the white KKK member but more the white moderate that is more comfortable with keeping things the same.”

In response, Rosen shouted, “You know what — don’t use Martin Luther king against Joe Biden! You don’t have that standing. I’m sorry. You don’t!


The notion of a white woman telling a black woman that she doesn’t have the right to quote MLK was so appalling to the left it provoked massive backlash, to the point Rosen had no other choice but to bend the knee and issue an apology via Twitter the following morning:

It’s not clear whether she and Turner have worked things out between them yet. What does seem clear to many critics is that there’s a certain hypocrisy at play with Sanders demanding that Biden apologize for the misbehavior of his supporters.

According to the senator’s detractors, if those are the standards by which he wants to operate, then he’s got some “splainin” to do regarding a large number of matters, including the habitually horrible behavior of his own supporters and surrogates.


As of about noon Sunday, Sanders had not yet apologized. Neither had Biden.

Vivek Saxena


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