The 2017 Women’s Convention is going to have a keynote speaker this year who doesn’t seem a very good fit- Senator Bernard Sanders, I-VT. It seems strange in the first place, to have any man be the keynote speaker at a national convention for women, but we’ll leave that aside for now. If that’s what you want, fine.
But can we at least not pick someone whose lurid essays on rape fantasies made us want to vomit? Can we pick someone who isn’t willing to compromise on reproductive rights? Isn’t there somebody around who did not build a literal army of misogynists last year? The results of our election were compromised by Bernie’s fanaticism and rabidity. And one of the things he was best at was appealing to the baser instincts of men.
Tamika Mallory, co-founder of Women’s March, thought otherwise.
“I think that right now, no one can deny that Bernie Sanders is probably one of the most powerful U.S. senators … on progressive issues, women’s issues, mobilizing millennials. He is really in line with the principles of the Women’s March,” Mallory said in an exclusive interview Wednesday night.
This point of view can only be described as moronic.
It’s admirable that the organizers of Women’s March are willing to stand up and get involved. It’s also true that no organization or even individual can escape being political, in the wake of Donald Trump. But come on! Bernie Sanders?
Why do we need any man, at the head of a Women’s March? Why not Elizabeth Warren? Nancy Pelosi, who along with Chuck Schumer has achieved the sole legislative victories of the Trump administration? Hillary Clinton, for the love of all creation? If you absolutely have to hear from the Sanders wing, then at the very least there’s Tulsi Gabbard. This is a complete disgrace.
Ironically, Hillary Clinton’s words are being employed by the organizers of this event. “Human rights, in other words, are women’s rights.” And yet, her invitation was not even considered, in favor of Bernie Sanders, rape fantasies or no.
The choice of Bernie Sanders is an insult to every woman everywhere, many of whom were dragged savagely through the mud last year by his maniacal supporters. One of our contributors was told that they hoped she was gang-raped, due to her refusal to support their chosen master. And on the subject of rape, look at what Bernie himself wrote on the subject! Just don’t look right after lunch. They might as well have invited Harvey Weinstein.
Quoth St. Bernard,
“A man goes home and masturbates, to his usual fantasy- A woman tied up, a woman on her knees, a woman abused. A woman enjoys intercourse with her man- as she fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.”
“Have you ever looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like ‘Girl of 12 raped by 14 men’ sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?”
It’s clear Bernie knows to what they are appealing, at any rate, and why not? He always has the answers, to everything!
But that was a long time ago, his apologists say. He was young. People change.
However, an examination of his political life shows a career-long preoccupation with rape and sexual assault. Katie McDonough at the left-leaning Salon.com compiled a list of measures Sanders has supported or sponsored, in which the legislature’s language placed a disturbing focus on these dark leanings.
And it was just earlier this year that Bernie flew with alacrity across America to Omaha, Nebraska in support of anti-abortion Democratic candidate Heath Mello, who he held an enthusiastic rally for.
Ilyse Hogue, the president of abortion rights advocate NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a statement blasting Sanders for improperly squandering time and resources campaigning alongside a false Democrat who opposes abortion rights.
“To embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women – one of the most critical constituencies for the party – of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid,” Hogue said. No doubt.
Bernie’s defense was an appeal to red-state pragmatism, which given the events of last year is a absurd hilarity.
“The truth is that in some conservative states there will be candidates that are popular candidates who may not agree with me on every issue. I understand it. That’s what politics is about,” Sanders told NPR. ” I think you just can’t exclude people who disagree with us on one issue.”
Democratic activist Amy Stokes Lappos, who describes herself as an “Unapologetic Feminist, mother, survivor, advocate, and Phan”, summed it up wonderfully.
“If we put people in office that do not support a woman’s right to choose it doesn’t matter what party they are- that “one issue”, Bernie, is my fundamental right. THIS is who Women’s March asked to speak at a woman’s convention despite reproductive rights being a core issue to the movement. This is MY issue.”
Bernie says that Planned Parenthood is the establishment. He says women would prefer to stay home. He penned essays arguing that sexual repression causes cancer in women. This invitation is a travesty. Feminists nationwide are outraged by it. And they have every right to be.