A white man, Bernie Sanders, has been asked to speak at the Women’s Convention, and the announcement angered many.
A large group of women, who either supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 or took part in the headline-making Women’s March movement against the Donald trump administration, are furious.
The event, which is scheduled to take place in Detroit, Michigan the weekend of October 27, will mainly focus on women of color — thus the frustration over Sanders’ presence.
Those, who want organizers to disinvite Sanders from the march, have a long list of arguments and have taken to social media to share them.
The first being that Sanders ruined the chances of Clinton to become the first female president of these United States.
The Vermont Senator went too far in his criticism of the former secretary of state’s character during the primaries on the Democratic side.
Sanders claimed that Clinton was in bed with Wall Street cats and demanded that she release the transcripts of her paid speeches to bankers and other companies.
Mrs. Clinton, profoundly tainted by Sanders, limped into the general election and was beaten by Donald Trump.
Some say Sanders single-handedly gave states like Michigan and Pennsylvania to Trump.
In Clinton’s new book, What Happened, she said that Sanders “paved the way” for Trump who coined her “Crooked Hillary.”
The former first lady also said, “his attacks caused lasting damage.”
Democratic strategist Christy Setzer slammed the decision to have Sanders at the convention by saying: “What, all the women were busy?”
EMILY’S List sent out a scathing message that read: “This announcement sends the wrong message to women everywhere. We have more women leaders in elected office than ever before … EMILY’s List is proud to have supported many of those women every step of the way, and we know that there is a tidal wave of rising stars coming behind them. The choice of Senator Sanders sends the wrong message.”
The organization is defending their decision.
Tamika Mallory, the co-president of the Women’s March Board, said: “We invited many elected officials to our convention that align with the purpose and mission of our existence – to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative change.”
Mallory added: “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 stated that Rep. Maxine Waters will headline the conference.