Bernie Sanders takes back 'establishment' remarks about Planned Parenthood

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had to do damage control last week, saying he didn't intend to scorn Planned Parenthood when he called the group "part of the establishment," according to MSNBC.

"That's not what I meant," Sen. Sanders told NBC News last Thursday. "We're a week out in the election, and the Clinton people will try to spin these things."

The original inflammatory statement came as part of an answer Sen. Sanders gave to Rachel Maddow on why groups like Planned Parenthood chose to back his competitor, Hillary Clinton, according to the report.

"We're taking on not only Wall Street and economic establishment, we're taking on the political establishment," Sen. Sanders said, according to MSNBC. "So, I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund and Planned Parenthood. But, you know what? Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time. Some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment."

Ms. Clinton was critical of these comments, stating the groups are focused on women and LGBT rights and are among the top progressive organizations in the U.S., according to the report.

 

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