Sanders Backtracks On Controversial Endorsement

Via The Washington Examiner:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Friday rescinded his endorsement of Cenk Uygur, the controversial Democrat running for Congress in California who has a history of offensive and sexist writing.

“As I said yesterday, Cenk has been a longtime fighter against the corrupt forces in our politics and he’s inspired people all across the country,” Sanders said in a statement. “I hear my grassroots supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns. Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign, and I retract my endorsement.”

An hour prior to Sanders’s announcement, Uygur also announced he would no longer be accepting or soliciting endorsements. He thanked Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) for their support, saying it “took real courage in the face of the corporate media and Democratic establishment onslaught.”

“I want to be free of any influence other than the voters of CA-25. I will not be beholden to corporations, lobbyists, or special interest groups and I will not stand by while those groups attack my political allies,” Uygur added. “That’s why I have decided that I will not be accepting any endorsements.”