Sanders retracts controversial endorsement after exposing ‘sexist history’

Sanders retracts controversial endorsement after exposing 'sexist history'
Cenk announced he was no longer accepting any endorsement. Source: aAP
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Daily US Times, California: US presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders withdraw his endorsement of congressional candidate Cenk Uygur less than a day after making it. He is bound to withdraw the support from Mr Cenk congressional candidate Cenk Uygur amid the allegations of sexism hit the former online talk show host.

Last month, Uygur announce he would run for congressional seat in California’s 25th district which was vacated by the democrat Katie Hill. Hill was resigned after ‘revenge porn’ photos revealed she had an affair with a subordinate.

Sanders endorsed him on Thursday saying ‘I’m endorsing Cenk because I know he will serve ordinary people, not powerful special interests. He is a voice that we desperately need in Congress and will be a great representative for CA-25 and the country.’

Uygur got a lot of attention after Sanders endorsement what followed controversy too. Critics pointed out his long history of misogynistic comment and views.

In 1999 he wrote in an online post ‘Obviously, the genes of women are flawed. They are poorly designed creatures who do not want to have sex nearly as often as needed for the human race to get along peaceably and fruitfully.’

In 2002 he said ‘there must be orgasm by the fifth date’ in another online post.

Uygur wrote 2003 how he had ‘kissed over 23 different women, saw and felt countless breasts.’

He ran a youtube channel named ‘The Young Turks’. In a 2013 episode of that channel Uygur rated women on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of how men viewed them in terms of desirability to perform oral sex on them.

California Women’s List president Emily Zahn is shocked by Sanders endorsement to Cenk. She said in a statement ‘this endorsement appears to go against Senator Sanders’ platform and role as a leader in the progressive movement.’

After immense criticism about his past comments, Cenk declared he was no longer accepting any endorsement.

Uygur said ‘I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the endorsements of Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna, Nina Turner and local progressive groups that gave me their support. Their stance 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. That’s why I have decided that I will not be accepting any endorsements. My job is to represent the voters and the voters alone. The only endorsements I’ll be accepting going forward is that of the voters of CA-25.’