You could say he’s been Berned.
Sen. Bernie Sanders officially retracted his endorsement of Cenk Uygur just hours after offering it to him. Uygur, a liberal media commentator on his web show “The Young Turks,” is running to fill the congressional seat recently vacated by Rep. Katie Hill.
The 2020 candidate faced immediate blowback for the endorsement given Uygur’s long history of past homophobic and misogynist blog posts. The blogs, which were deleted years ago, were first published by The Wrap.
“@cenkuygur has been a longtime fighter against corruption. However, our movement is bigger than any one person. I hear my supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns,” Sanders said. “Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign and I retract my endorsement.
The race is likely to be a media spectacle. In addition to Uygur, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is also running for the seat.
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