January 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Sanders campaign blasts Human Rights Campaign over Clinton support
Bernie Sanders, gay news, Washington Blade

The campaign for Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the Human Rights Campaign for endorsing Hillary Clinton. (Image via C-Span)

The presidential campaign for Democratic candidate Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) tore into the Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday for endorsing Hillary Clinton.

After the Human Rights Campaign announced on Tuesday it would back Clinton, the Sanders campaign criticized the nation’s largest LGBT group in response to a Washington Blade inquiry for a reaction.

“It’s understandable and consistent with the establishment organizations voting for the establishment candidate, but it’s an endorsement that cannot possibly be based on the facts and the record,” said Sanders campaign spokesperson Michael Briggs.

Touting Sanders as “somebody who’s been for gay rights long, long ago” since he was mayor of Burlington, Vt., Briggs said Sanders as a U.S. senator voted against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 1993 and he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Briggs also cited Sanders’ support in calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn DOMA.

Recalling Sanders’ support for civil unions in Vermont when it became the first state to enact them in 2000, Briggs said Sanders was “a pioneer on this early version of gay marriage, and has by far the most exemplary record on gay rights of any candidate ever in American history.”

Both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and DOMA became law under former President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton supported DOMA through her 2000 campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in New York and backed only repealing Section 3 of the law during her first presidential campaign. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton now support marriage equality.

“So who knows what prompted the Human Rights Campaign to do what it does — I have trouble myself figuring why they do some of the things they do over the years — but I think the gay men and lesbians all over the country will know who has been their champion for a long, long time and will consider that as they make up their mind on support for his campaign,” Briggs said.

Asked whether he meant to include bisexual and transgender people in his description of gay men and lesbians, Briggs said that was correct and he meant “LGBTQ people all over the country.”

Briggs declined to elaborate on what actions the Human Rights Campaign has taken that he doesn’t understand.

Brandon Lorenz, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, in a statement to the Blade responded to the Sanders campaign’s criticisms.

“There are certainly several friends of equality in this race, but the 32 community leaders who comprise HRC’s Board of Directors have unanimously decided that Hillary Clinton is the champion we need to fight for us each day on the campaign trail and every day in the White House,” said Lorenz. “She has a strong record, a strong agenda, and a strong ability to win against any Republican running on an anti-LGBT platform in November and lead from Day One.”

Each of the Democratic presidential candidates submitted responses to questionnaires by the Human Rights Campaign, which the organization made public on the day it announced its endorsement. Both Clinton and Sanders responded in the affirmative to every action HRC sought in its questionnaire.

In May, Sanders, in an interview with the Washington Blade, became the first presidential candidate to support openly trans service in the U.S. military and made a point about including trans people in his campaign and presidency.

Asked what steps can be taken to address the high rate of violence against trans women, particularly trans women of color, Sanders said, “I think we have to, among other things, do a better job in educating our police officers.”

But Sanders hasn’t always been in favor of full marriage equality. In 2006 when asked by the Vermont-based Times Argus newspaper if Vermont should legalize same-sex marriage, Sanders was quoted as saying, “Not right now, not after what we went through,” referring to the conflict in the state over civil unions.

HRC endorsed then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama in June 2008 after he had secured the nomination following a bruising primary battle with Hillary Clinton.

Matt Corridoni, a spokesperson for Martin O’Malley, responded to the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement of Clinton by emphasizing the former Maryland’s governor record on LGBT rights.

“Gov. O’Malley passed Maryland’s first transgender anti-discrimination bill as mayor of Baltimore, signed marriage equality into law as governor of Maryland and defended it at the ballot box, and his campaign is the only on record saying he would consider and LGBT running mate,” Corridoni said. “His record speaks for itself.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

670 Comments
  • Sanders is 100% correct. HRC has revealed itself as the kind of organization that turns it back on someone who has been fighting in the trenches for LGBT rights for DECADES – even when it was politically risky. They won’t get a dime from me ever again.

  • I done with HRC. I agree with Sanders.

  • Wow Bernie and his team are now trashing the Human rights campaign.. not COOL!!!

  • Sorry they FEEL that way, but the facts don’t support the claims of the Sanders campaign.

    • So now even the Bernie campaign starts bashing people and organizations who prefer Hillary? If this is their idea of how democracy works I want no part of Bernie Sanders and his agenda.

      • They have been doing that all along, Chummy. Every endorsement Hillary gets, the Bernie Tots flood their social media and whine whine whine. Honestly, Sanders supporters are a primary reason that I cant vote for the man. They are immature angry white children, and I wouldnt want anyone to think that I agree with such nasty people

      • Kathy Hutchinson is right. Every single endorser of Hillary has their FB sites swarmed with nasty name-calling and sometimes even threatening comments from hate-filled Sanders fans. It’s totally juvenile and disgusting. If you compare Hillary’s endorser sites to Bernie’s endorser sites, you’ll see the difference in how hate-filled and disgusting Bernie’s supporters are and have been all during this campaign. They want to control EVERYONE…just like Bernie wants everything HIS way or NO WAY. THAT is why I’m voting Hillary Clinton…she at least is willing to admit when she’s wrong, and is willing to negotiate and compromise in order to get things done. Sanders has a history of NOT working with others…that’s why he has no support from his Democratic colleagues in the Senate that have known him for many years.

        • I support Sanders and have found such people in forums of Sanders supporters. They go by the motto: Bernie or Bust. Many of his supporters, myself among them, argue against their pig headedness. Bernie does not advocate this. He chose to run as a Democrat so not to divide the party but these people exist in a cyberspace that has no control over such behavior.

          • I agree. Even Bernie supporters dislike nasty Bernie supporters. But you know, I’ve seen the same on Hillary’s side too as well as every candidate in this election. There are nice and respectful people and there are haters.

        • Or because Hillary is far more popular and half of them endorsed her before he even announced his run. Hillary supporters act the same way whenever a poll comes out saying Bernie is winning in a state, or when Bernie comes out with a proposal they do not like and call him names. I do not support Bernie trolls, but it’s clear that many of her endorsements come from close connections with the leaders of the cause or campaign. That is just a plain fact.

      • We have to acknowledge the fact that there are radical people on all sides of the aisle and for all candidates. None of the candidates act as some of their supporters do.

        Now, I do have some concern regarding this endorsement considering Chad Griffin, the President of the HRC worked in the White House for the Clinton Administration. http://www.hrc.org/chad/

        This fact confirms bias in the voting process.

      • Bashing? Since when is it out of bounds to criticize a decision by any organization?

        • It makes him look petty and intimidated.

          He has a reputation for being an impatient, ill-tempered man. This has been noted over the years by numerous co-workers and journalists. Uncle Bernie is a facade. His ideology is very appealing, but there is no wand he can wave to suddenly make these “Revolutionary” changes happen. He’s speaking in platitudes and cannot provide the details on implementation.
          He’s just as much of an empty suit as Trump, and his supporters are equally as obnoxious.

      • ‘Bashing’ and ‘Blasting’ are words used by yourself and the paper. They’re not accurate representations of the quotes shown in the article. They’re used to incite bias. You want to dismiss Bernie, and the paper wants to draw eyes to their paper.
        Hillary used some unnecessary and sweeping rhetoric in 2006 which clearly shows her defense of DOMA. No one made her say something so anti equal rights. That was her choice. She’s disingenuous
        See LAGuy323’s quote from Hillary below …

    • That sounds more to me that he felt like he lacked the political capital to do so more than the drive or desire.

      • Precisely what the Clintons did. You must be one of those baby Bernie Tots who wasnt of voting age in the 90’s. Dont ask , Dont Tell, was Bill Clintons attempt to help gays in the military, in the face of extreme anti gay sentiment in our culture. The “moral majority” were at full strength in the 90’s. Focus on the Family, Pat RObertson, Tony Perkins, etc, etc, were all urging republicans to introduce a constitutional ammendment to defend hetero marriage. Most average Americans did not agree with same sex marriage in the 90;s although liberals did think civil unions were the way to go. Everyone has evolved on this issue, Sanders included. Sometimes, you cant make what you want to happen come true, because you have to address the concerns of the majority. I think if Sanders were, by some miraculous stroke of fate, every to win the Presidency, we would see the same thing with his “Universal Health care ” thing. He would not be able to pass it because of the extreme fight we have had on Obamacare. That wouldnt make him a flip flopper, any more than it makes Clinton one for not supporting full gay marriage in the 90’s.

      • True. This is the United States of Bribery, which is what Bernie intends to end as the sole enforcer of “democracy”.

    • You are being deliberately disingenuous, and have been all over the place SophieCT.

      Bernie Sanders answers the gay marraige question in the 2006 Senate debate (not against it)

      http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4548262/sanders-gay-marriage

    • “I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman. I have had occasion in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage, to believe in the hard work and challenge of marriage. So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”– Hillary Clinton 2004. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I1-r1YgK9I

    • This happened because of the leadership of Bernie Sanders starting in 1983.

      • Yes, I’m sure the LGBT community had nothing to do with it, no leaders, no brave people willing to come out at a time when it was dangerous, no involvement at all.
        I will never forget where I was and what I was doing the day Bernie freed the Gays.

    • Well, I have just watched again Hillary’s stance on YouTube Gay Marriage in 2004. She clearly stated she was against marriage equality. If you have no idea about Senator Sanders’ positions, you can find extensive information on berniesanders.com. I have been a volunteer all of my life and now volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign. Happy to report that I am surrounded by professional, thoughtful, and dedicated volunteers who only think about the future of our country, the need for social change, the hardships folks are in and the solutions we must adopt. You might also want to find out progressive news on freespeechtv.com by watching Thom Hartmann.

      • And how many opinions have you revised in the last TWELVE years, Ann? If you claim you’ve made it through more than a decade without looking deep and revisiting old issues and your stance on them as new experiences and information comes your way, you’re a sociopath or a liar.

      • How old were you in 2004? Do you not know that the Democrats got killed that election, because Karl Rove used the boogeyman of gay marriage to drive conservatives to the polls? You want everyone to be a purist no matter how many elections they lose.

    • Your post (source and date, pelase) doesn’t refute the Sanders’ campaign. Adn if you had done your homework you’d know that Hillary also opposed a constitutional amendment regarding gay/lesbian marriage. But her actual opposition to gay/lesbian marriage is longstanding, unlike Sanders, and she only changed this position in 2013c leading up to this campaign. Madam Flip-Flop.

      NYT, December 9, 1999:
      “Mrs. Clinton’s spokesman, Howard Wolfson, said that the first lady, like her husband, supported legislation passed by Congress in 1996 that effectively banned gay marriages.”

      January 2000, news conference, White Plains, NY.
      “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back
      to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has
      always been, between a man and a woman.”

      July 2004: Speaking on the Senate floor Clinton said she
      believed that marriage was “a sacred bond between a man and a woman.”

      2008: Hillary opposed gay/lesbian marriage throughout the campaign and would only support “civil unions”.
      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jun/17/hillary-clinton/hillary-clinton-change-position-same-sex-marriage/

  • Also, Hillary is the only candidate that provided real and tangible benefits to us.

    Sec. Clinton directed the State Department’s equal employment opportunity policy to “explicitly protect against discriminatory treatment of employees and job applicants based on gender identity.”

    Sec. Clinton updated State Department policy to offer equal benefits and protections to same-sex partners of American diplomats.

    • Hillary is a calculating shill. If she stuck her finger out and the winds seemed to say that it were better to stick gays, lesbians, and transgender people in concentration camps, she’d probably sign on. I’ve never seen an ounce of principle in her.

    • Anyone who supports Hillary must also support:

      the TTP (which she helped draft and sell around the world),

      Common Core (which she kickstarted back in the 80’s),

      fracking (which she sold around the world),

      Monsanto,

      private prisons and mass incarceration (the private sectors idea of “new job growth”),

      neoliberalism, (which believes in the privatization of the public sector)

      installing fascist leaders (Honduras),

      assassinating world leaders (Libya),

      fomenting chaos that gives rise to groups like ISIS,

      perpetual wars (that we never win),

      arming countries on the human rights watch list for human (women and girls) trafficking,

      global corporate governance over democratic nations and the eventual dissolution of the Constitution (which the TPP, TTIP and TISA are designed to do)…

      Sorry, not my idea of what a female president or any president should be.

      Naomi Wolf Says Hillary Clinton Is A Pro Police State War Monger Owned By War Profiteers!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5tta7YQc6g&feature=youtu.beM

  • What plum appointment in a third Clinton administration does Chad Griffin hope to score, if Hillary is elected to the White House again?

  • Don’t you just love Bernards supporters & his staffers ever time an endorsement doesn’t go their way.

  • I am done with Bernie. Before he ran most gays never heard his name. Now you wanna claim just because you have these positions you are better? WTF. I will trust the HRC as they have been instrumental in helping gay rights in society and workplaces. Most companies strive for a perfect rating these days. Bernie and his cult followers need to take a step back. You look childish.

  • Bernie bashing Human Rights Campaign is dirty vile and mean spirtied

  • Hillary is the candidate who cares! We NEED her in the White House. I believe that she will win! 2016 and 2020!

  • They endorsed the right candidate who has shown that she is capable of evolving on the issue as did the Party and the POTUS. She has been forthwith describing her evolution on the issue. However, Sanders cloaked and feigned support on the surface. Stripping away the layers revealed that his support was primarily due to supporting the issue as a “states rights issue’ not of one cemented in genuine care, concern or evolution of his attitudes, acceptance, and understanding of those in the LGBTQ community.

  • Bernie bots are becoming more and more extreme and unhinged when they don’t get their way. Your UNELECTABLE SOCIALIST is FINISHED.

      • Bernie the OLD DINO is getting CRUSHED in the primaries. Embrace the suck you DELUSIONAL low info parasite.

        “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      • You Bernie bots are the ones who need to dream. Your socialist DINO IS FINISHED. HAHA

        “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    • Nothing new to say, nero? It appears that you are the one unhinged.

      • You Bernie bots are unhinged DELUSIONAL EXTREMISTS. Bernie is DONE you low info parasite.

        “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    • You’re the one who has made tons of trolling comments. The evidence is on this entire page. Troll elsewhere, you’re worse than most Republicans on the Fox News fan page.

      • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

        Bernie the UNELECTABLE DINO is DONE. ;)

    • I laugh at you. Hah!

      • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

        I will be laughing when Bernie the UNELECTABLE DINO gets crushed in the primaries. haha

  • Sanders’ ignorant claim that civil unions and domestic partnerships are akin to same sex marriage is patently offensive.

    We *do not* forget his record. in 2006, he supported state-based discrimination that was outlawed by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

    The biggest difference between him and Clinton on this matter is Hillary is at least willing to admit when she was wrong. He still tries to defend and deflect his inexcusable record instead admitting he was wrong. Fess up, Bernie.

    https://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/10/27/sanders-defends-2006-opposition-to-same-sex-marriage/

    • Bernie is an OLD, unelectable DINO and his fans are utter delusional morons.

      • How about go fuck yourself, Emperor Nero?

      • He’s five years older than Hillary. I’d say that your political education is woefully inadequate.

        • 5 years is ALOT when you’re staring at 80 on your next milestone birthday!

          • said no one about the founding fathers– ever.

          • Such pathetic stereotyping is of no worth. That Sanders taps into the passions of Americans age 45 and younger says it all.

          • I completely agree that Sanders has tapped into the “passion” of some voters. He rails against the biggest problems we face as a nation.

            But he doesn’t offer solutions that have a snowballs chance in hell of getting enacted in law. He doesn’t compromise. It is all or nothing for him. He voted against Comprehensive Immigration Reform CIR because it has to many H1b visas! He is willing to throw the baby out with the bath water.

          • sure sure, I don’t want an old, angry socialist for president. Reagan had dementia in his 2nd term!

          • My mom is 89 and her mind is as sharp as ever. At 87 Vin Scully remains the best sports announcer in the business. One of my best friends died at age 46. There are no guarantees and stereotyping is for weak minds at all ages.

          • I’m sorry that Bernie is an angry, old socialist, what do you want from me? your mom, Vin Scully and one of your best friends are not going to be president of these great, United States. Cmon!

          • You are clearly incapable of simple logic. Must I spell it out? Just because Bernie Sanders is 74 there is no guarantee or proof that he is likely to have dementia within the next 8 years. There is also no proof or guarantee that Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or even Marco Rubio will remain healthy over the next 8 years.

            According to US News and World Report, 13.5% of people between 80 and 84 have Dementia. So yes, there is a small possibility but even if Sanders was a one term president, he is far better than anyone else running and far more in touch with the youth than anyone.

          • You are clearly unhinged if you think Bernie is going to win.

        • You Berniebots and your fuzzy math. Bernie is SEVENTY-FIVE; Hillary is SIXTY-SEVEN. How does that equal “five years”?

          Morons.

          • Moron.
            Bernie Sanders 74
            HIllary Clinton 68

          • Bernie is almost 80 years old. He’s been in D.C. for 30 yeas and has accomplished NOTHING. He’s a loser.

            “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
            Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
            chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
            chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

          • He isn’t a criminal. How long before the indictment comes down? Even if they don’t indict her, can she be trusted as President? Imagine how much her foundation could earn if she is elected! What a joke.

          • Indictment? that’s a right wing talking point. Bernie can go back to writing essays about his rape fantasies after he gets crushed in the primaries.

          • He’s a DINO GUN NUT.

          • Seventy four is “almost 80”??? WTF is your problem? That must mean Hell ery is “almost 74”!
            What does age have to do with it anyway, it’s health that matters, and Bernie is healthy as a horse! Hillary has brain damage from her concussion a few years ago.

          • It’s pretty sad when idiots don’t even google something as simple as their age. Thanks nater21 for setting these boneheads straight. And who cares anyway. Some people have a better quality of life and live longer, healthier and more aware. Its an individual thing. Bernie is damn sharp for his age.

          • On top of that, Hillary suffers from feinting spells and various medical conditions that she won’t admit to. As much as a hate to say it, the “inevitable” candidate for the Democrats is a huge fraud. You can’t even trust her to control wall street with its money lining her pockets…

          • Horseshit. If anyone suffers from FAINTING spells, it’s Senator Asshole. He nearly PASSED OUR several times on Sunday night.

            Oh, and here’s something you MIGHT want to consider: Karl Rove is the “creator” of that moronic “Feel the Bern” slogan you bots keep slinging about.

        • He’s almost 80 years old you clueless ignorant parasite.

          “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      • DINO, that’s rich. Yeah, he’s a DINO because he is an Independent. He is more of a democrat than the majority of party democrats in congress and the White House.

        • He’s republican lite AKA a DINO. Why did Bernie the gun nut vote with the NRA against the Brady bill 5 times? Bernie the DINO is FINISHED.

          “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

          • Maria Teresa Montenegro Davis

            If you would just read why he voted against the Brady bill, you’d get it. But I forgot, you can’t read, can you? Sucks for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I1-r1YgK9I

          • He voted AGAINST the brady bill 5 times because he is a DINO GUN NUT you ignorant low info parasite.

            “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
            Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
            chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
            chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      • How old are you?

      • I will take an older honest canidate, before a liar.

        • Bernie is a pathological liar and a gun nut who voted with the NRA in against the Brady bill. Your DINO Bernie is an OLD UNELECTABLE lose with no accomplishments. haha

          “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      • Delusional is reinstalling the same people who were part of the dismantling of the middle class over these past 40 years.

      • LOL… who couldn’t find their way out of the bathroom??

        • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

          Bernie the OLD DINO is FINISHED. HAHAHA Embrace the suk you low info parasite.

      • You already did that one asshole. I see you c/p’d your other response below. No one is listening… go away.

      • Maria Teresa Montenegro Davis

        Go read the facts, man. …you can read, can’t you? Seems like you are just copying and pasting the same thing over and over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I1-r1YgK9I

        • human rights campaign endorsed Hillary, not Bernie. Go cry some more you pathetic loser.

          “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

        • you dumb ignorant low info brain dead Bernie bot. Does the truth upset you?

      • How about some FACTS nero88888, as opposed to ignorant name calling???

        • go take your meds paid bernie bot troll.

          • You’re funny. You have absolutely NOTHING of substance to say! The only thing you know how to do is IGNORANT name calling! Calling everyone else names is ignorant in itself, but you don’t even have any facts to even *debate* Hillary vs. Bernie! You don’t even have an argument as to why you think Hillary is better (there are no real ones but at least SOME people attempt to provide some sort of REASON why they believe Hillary is better. You’ve got NOTHING. You’re just an idiot and every time you post, you make that more clear to EVERYONE here.

          • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
            Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
            chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
            chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

            Your head is gonna explode when you find out that your OLD, UNELECTABLE DINO gets crushed in the primaries. You low info paid Bernie bot troll.

          • Don’t even bother trying to reason with that person. He’s a troll with no life just trying to get a rise out of people. Quite patethic kind of life.

        • You are a delusional moron. That is a fact.

  • ANOTHER great endorsement for Hillary. These Bernie supporters are delusional unhinged extremists.

    • Time for the doctors to roll you in for another shock treatment, nero.

      • You are a radical extremist. Your fat head WILL explode when your 80 year old socialist dino goes down hard in the primaries.

        “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

  • wow, Clinton’s staff is out in full force here. lol

  • The behavior of these Bernie supporters is the main reason why more and more people are getting turned off from unelectable DINO Bernie. Bernie is getting CRUSHED in the primaries.

    • Actually that is how I see Senator Sanders. I switched to Hillary on the last debate because of his refusal to ever admit he makes mistakes. I checked his record on guns and she was correct, it’s terrible. Very disappointed that he has not recanted those votes. I am also disgusted that he said just last month that there will not be any other proposed increases in middle class taxes other than the 1.61 per week for his family leave plan and then he says oops here is more on my health plan. Where is the next rise coming. He has a lot of big plans to raise the budget by trillions. Just don’t trust the man. I think he is selling us snake oil and making promises he cannot possibly keep and he knows it.

      • He didn’t make a mistake on the gun issue. He has never wavered from the reason as to why he voted the way he did. A store who sells a gun to someone (LEGALLY) shouldn’t be held responsible for what someone does with that gun. Should we hold TOYOTA liable for a crash that involved the death of someone by a Camry? NO we shouldn’t. That is why he voted the way he did…

        And if you do your research on the “tax” increase you would see, yes, your taxes MIGHT rise 2% but save you thousands in the long run. You actually will save more in the long run per year by not paying anymore deductibles, premiums, etc.. So in actuality you SAVE MORE MONEY…

        Please research before blindly believing the mud that Hillary is throwing

        • That tax increase he’s proposing is not going to come close to giving people all he’s promising them…are you kidding me?? Full dental, vision and hearing…nursing homes…everything medical that can possibly be needed, plus all medical equipment and supplies, etc etc etc? My dentures alone cost over $20,000…do you think the state budgets are going to be able to take on around 15 % of all those costs when their budgets are strained now?? It’s totally ludicrous…he’s spewing fairy dust and all of you believing it to be possible are as crazy as he is!!

          • You’re assuming costs for all of those things would stay the same. Every other country with a single payer heath care system has lowered costs for all medical products and services.

          • Well I’m glad your degree in economics came in handy. Your rates are based upon your private insurance companies, who do their very best, every single day, to bang you as hard as humanly possible. 7 dollars/month for paid medical leave and a 2.2% tax will actually SAVE you money because you’re no long paying those private premiums. THINK, ffs. 29 million people don’t have health care, get out of your bubble.

          • Linda, we used to have that exact kind of health care, about 20-30 years ago. I got a tubal ligation done for free. It’s not until the SCOTUS passed Citizens United and gave corporations all that power, that we have seen such a decline. It’s not fairy dust, it’s real. It’s taking the power back away from the insurance companies who are taking our money and buying bigger mansions, and putting it back into taking care of people. Other countries do it. We are allowing these same corporations to not have to pay their fair share of taxes, while we as the middle class take the hit. So, if you think that readjusting things back to a healthier way for all the citizens involved and out of the hands of corporations is crazy…then fine, I’ll take it. We can also take a lot of the pork we spend on the military budget and put it into healthcare, roads etc. etc. It is possible. Sorry you can’t see it!

          • I hope you don’t get your hopes up. I’ve read at least half a dozen expert analyses that have proven his plan is unsustainable and the costs would be at least double his figures. Doesn’t matter though…it’ll never pass through congress. He’s put a similar plan up 9 different times and he’s gotten zero backers for it.

        • Danipwils, you are exactly right!

      • 1) It’s weird that you think Bernie Sanders is selling “snake oil”. I’ve known him even before his bid for president. I know for a fact he’s for the American people.

        2) Could you provide me a source where he said he “wouldn’t raise taxes”? He definitely said from the very beginning there would be a slight increase in taxes for the middle class.

        3) Did you ACTUALLY look at his gun record? http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27110/bernie-sanders/37/guns#.Vp6OtJMrLMU

      • The tax increases and payroll taxes are separate. There will be tax increases on households making 250K+. That income range is not considered middle class.

        Second, there is a 2.2% payroll tax, but that is offset by elimination of your health insurance premiums. Please read his plans more carefully.

      • So your argument is he flipped on three things so therefore Hillary isn’t a flip-flopper? She’s flipped on far more things than Bernie.

    • She will say anything when it’s politically expedient to do so.
      https://youtu.be/SXXeEzCdhnE

      • Bernie flipped on guns. Bernie is a flip flopping liar.

        • Hillary has flip flopped on gay rights, Iraq war, TTP, marijuana legalization, and pretty much EVERYTHING that might not win her the vote at the moment! BERNIE has been incredibly consistent over the four decades he has served the people.

          He is the ONLY honest and genuine candidate on either side. Please show us ANYTHING that Bernie has lied about. Ever.

          • Bernie is a flip flopping LIAR.

            “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
            Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
            chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
            chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

  • The HRC made this decision from the top. They didn’t poll members or go by the candidates record. Chad Griffin is the president of HRC. He got his start at 19, campaigning for Bill Clinton. He then was given a job in the white house. He now is a political fundraiser for Hilary. -Things that make you say “now I get it! “

    • Totally makes sense now. An inside job -go figure! No members polled. Same as what the LCV did – didn’t poll the members.

      • Same as planned parenthood too. All the organizations that poll end up supporting Bernie, all the ones decided by the board support Hilary. It’s sad but it only proves she is bought and paid for.

        • Show me where PP polls end up supporting Bernie. I fear you made this “fact” up out of thin air.
          And where was Bernie on the vote to defund Planned Parenthood? Rubio and Paul were there. 99 Senators were there actually. One was missing… Sanders. He thought it was more important to be in Iowa that day. I wonder why PP endorsed Clinton? Hmm… what do you think?

          • Reread my comment. I specifically said pp didn’t use a poll. They decided to just have the BOD vote.

          • PP isn’t a community the way HRC is. My point was how would you make up a poll for a community that doesn’t exist? Your point never made sense in the first place.

          • They are a huge national organization. 32 people making that decision is not democracy.

          • Good god. Stop. Vote for Bernie, but this scorched earth approach of attacking everyone and everything that isn’t perfectly aligned with your world view isn’t helping your candidate.

          • I’m not attacking at all. I simply pointed out all of the connections between Hilary and the executives of the two large organizations who decided to endorse her. If you don’t want to engage that’s fine, but I will continue to spread the facts, that can be easily researched.

          • Shocker. The former FLOTUS, Senator from NY state, and Secretary of State knows a lot of people. That’s not her fault that Bernie hasn’t done the same over his much longer tenure of public service. Blame that on Bernie, not Hillary.

          • You still don’t get it. The connections plus the fact that a small group made a decision for a national organization. Have a great day.

    • KEEP CRYing you nut job. Bernie the DINO is FINISHED. HAHAHA

      “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
      Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
      chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
      chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      • Nice name calling. Silver isn’t a psychic. Also I don’t care about the label of DINO. I only care about records and integrity, two things Sanders is strong on.

  • something is definitely wrong with Bernie’s campaign!!!!!
    They do not know anything about civility!!!!
    They are as bad as the TEA PARTY!!!!!

  • So now even the Bernie campaign starts bashing people and organizations who prefer Hillary? I thought it was just his rude and nasty young supporters but now I see who is really calling the shots. If this is their idea of how democracy works I want no part of Bernie Sanders and his agenda. The longer this campaign goes on and I learn what Sanders is all about the less likely I will be to vote for him if he is nominated. Being a moderate and an Independent voter who has for years leaned towards Democrats, I simply cannot find my way to support Sanders as a nominee. I have no idea what the Democrats were thinking when they embraced his candidacy.

    • Criticising primary endorsements is hardly bashing. Get a grip! Sanders by far has a more consistent record supporting LGBT rights than does Hillary. It’s absolutely reasonable to ask why HRC’s primary endorsement whent to her, especially since Madam Flip-Flop only decided to support gay marriage in 2013 for this election.

  • Can the reporter clarify a couple of things? Is the quote from the Sanders campaign that Sanders voted against DADT in 1993 in the Senate accurate?
    Because, Sanders wasn’t elected Senator until 2006, and there was no vote on DADT, it was a policy, not a law.
    Is this sloppy reporting, or is the Sanders campaign being dishonest?

  • Bernie Sanders has a strong, bold, very extensive track record of supporting gay rights dating back 40 years . In a letter he published in the early 1970’s, when he was a candidate for governor of Vermont from the Liberty Union Party, Sanders invoked freedom to call for the abolition of all laws related to homosexuality http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/bernie-sanders-was-full-gay-equality-40-years-ago

    In 1983, as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie threw in his full support for a highly controversial gay pride march in the city http://www.queerty.com/32-years-before-marriage-equality-bernie-sanders-fought-for-gay-rights-20150719

    Bernie proclaimed Gay Pride Day in Burlington 2 years later in 1985 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/03/1398990/-Important-document-from-the-desk-of-Mayor-Bernie-Sanders-1985

    He fought against the discriminator DOMA (that first lady Hillary Clinton supported) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/why-bernie-sanders-must-t_b_8135236.html Bernie verbally blasted a conservative bigot on the House floor who didn’t want “homos in the military” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP7Oqp5j8fc

    Bernie wanted to add full civil rights in housing, employment and public accommodation for LGBT people to the 1964 Civil Rights Act https://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/05/15/sanders-touts-lgbt-record-in-white-house-bid/

    Bernie didn’t call marriage “a sacred bond between a man and a woman as a bedrock principle” on the Senate floor unlike some, or wait to support Civil Unions until 2010, or hold off on standing strong for LGBT Marriage Equality until 2013. He has always been a consistent champion of LGBT rights. http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-lgbtq-rights/

    Hillary Clinton VS. Bernie Sanders on Gay Rights and LGBT Equality

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBj3tWGQnIc

    Clinton quotes against LGBT marriage:

    “I think marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

    “I believe that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman.”

    “the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man and a woman”

    Clinton was against Civil Unions until 2010 and against Marriage Equality until 2013. She called marriage “a sacred bond between a man and a woman as a bedrock principle” on the Senate floor in 2004 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iTrqHvTk_0

    Clinton originally supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and has defended her support of DOMA (the Defense Of Marriage Act forbidding LGBT equal marriage rights) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-doma_us_562e7dcae4b0c66bae58eb2e

    Could THIS have anything to do with this endorsement? “HRC President Chad Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of 19. Following his stint in the White House and his graduation from Georgetown University, he led a number of political campaigns advocating for or against various California ballot initiatives, as well as a number of fundraising efforts for political candidates, such as Hillary Clinton” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_Griffin

  • I think Bernie’s cult is mad ..lol

    • “There is a secret to being a supporter of Bernie Sanders. It is something that totally escapes the thinking of most Democrats and Republicans. It is the mental understanding that Sanders is fighting a war that most people are not. It is the war between corporations and the people.

      Unless you are fighting this war as well, you cannot possibly understand how important it is to vote for Bernie over Hillary. This is not about Hillary or Bernie, it is about fighting your real enemies, the multi-national corporations who are trying to control this nation and the world. You ignore this war at your own peril.” – Randolph Greer

  • Ah, no – the Sanders campaign is full of it. The idea that he was some sort of champion for LGBT rights is false. I was there. He did nothing for us when we called on him to help. And HRC knows this.

    Meanwhile, Hillary was raising money for us, getting other senators to vote against the constitutional amendment, and speaking up for LGBT rights internationally as SOS.

    Sanders, meanwhile, was telling us Vermont wasn’t ready for marriage equality because of the state’s rights bullshit.

    • Sixteen years before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ended, then-Rep. Bernie Sanders took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to defend the “thousands of men and women who have put their lives on the line” to defend our country.
      https://youtu.be/vofisbFFtpI?t=2m1s

    • Uh………. NO!

      Why would anybody be shocked? The President of this organization, Chad Griffin, has worked for the Clintons all his life. Just more cronyism sprinkled on top of the Clinton cronyism. ‪#‎cronyism‬

      *********** From Wikipedia *************

      Chad Hunter Griffin (born July 16, 1973) is an American political strategist best known for his work advocating for LGBT rights in the United States.

      Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of 19. Following his stint in the White House and his graduation from Georgetown University, he led a number of political campaigns advocating for or against various California ballot initiatives, as well as a number of fundraising efforts for political candidates, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

      ‪#‎HRC‬ ‪#‎LGBT‬ ‪#‎GLBT‬ ‪#‎Hillary‬ ‪#‎Clinton‬
      #BernNotice #Bernie2016 #FeelTheBern

    • Yeah, he sure helped the gays in Burlington, VT. Your comment is full of it.

  • This headline is BS and it appears that the Washington Blade is following the Hillary campaigns’ penchant for bending the truth and playing filthy. The Sanders’ campaign didn’t “blast” or ‘tear into’ HRC’s endorsement of Hillary, it criticize and questioned it.

    While Hillary has always had her finger to the wind to determine what was expedient, Sanders has been a consistent LGBT supporter.

    The primary endorsement says more about the HRC leadership and their slovenly support for another corporate candidate and someone who in 2004 on the Senate floor called marriage a bond between a man and a woman! And still HRC supports her? Shame on the HRC!

    In the future I’ll support progressive LGBT organizations and not those that defer to corporadoes like Goldman Sachs and the Senator for Wall Street.

  • I am truly truly sad about this. I think the evidence is clear who has given their support to the LGBT community over the years.

  • Presidential candidates making institutional attacks on progressive organizations because they didn’t get the endorsement. Not good. It would have been more honorable for the Senator to just continue to appeal to the community.
    If the Sanders campaign had this negative view of HRC, why did they seek their endorsement? And if they only developed this negative view after the Clinton endorsement, why are they so unskilled at evaluating organizations? Shouldn’t a U.S. President be skillful at evaluation organizations?

  • NW10,PATRIOT! ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    With every endorsement that doesn’t go their way (NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Brady campaign, and now HRC) Sanders campaign get more and more butthurt and upset. Welcome to politics, wear a cup!

    • 100% Correct! Because they are most generally fine examples of further crony capitalism that #BernieSanders has fought his entire career as a public servant.

      >
      >
      Why would anybody be shocked? The President of this organization, Chad Griffin, has worked for the Clintons all his life. Just more cronyism sprinkled on top of the Clinton cronyism. ‪#‎cronyism‬

      *********** From Wikipedia *************

      Chad Hunter Griffin (born July 16, 1973) is an American political strategist best known for his work advocating for LGBT rights in the United States.

      Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of 19. Following his stint in the White House and his graduation from Georgetown University, he led a number of political campaigns advocating for or against various California ballot initiatives, as well as a number of fundraising efforts for political candidates, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

      ‪#‎HRC‬ ‪#‎LGBT‬ ‪#‎GLBT‬ ‪#‎Hillary‬ ‪#‎Clinton‬
      #BernNotice #Bernie2016 #FeelTheBern

      • NW10,PATRIOT! ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Sorry. Ranting about “Wall Street” and “millionaires/billionaires” isn’t going to sway an electorate. Sanders had his opportunity to emulate what Sec. Clinton did last summer in doing a listening tour and he instead opted to do the same stump speeches for months and now it’s come back to bite him. Tough s**t!

        • Calling all paid #Hillary Trolls…calling all trolls. Please report back to home base on Hillary’s page for further instruction. smh

        • I guess you haven’t been paying attention to the polls. Sanders has been rising and right now is neck to neck with Hillary in Iowa. And guess what? In 2008 at this time Obama was 20% behind her!

          How do you like to eat your crow?

    • Which Bernie followers said anything about the Brady nomination? I’ll wait.

  • Why would anybody be shocked? The President of this organization, Chad Griffin, has worked for the Clintons all his life. Just more cronyism sprinkled on top of the Clinton cronyism. ‪#‎cronyism‬

    *********** From Wikipedia *************

    Chad Hunter Griffin (born July 16, 1973) is an American political strategist best known for his work advocating for LGBT rights in the United States.

    Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of 19. Following his stint in the White House and his graduation from Georgetown University, he led a number of political campaigns advocating for or against various California ballot initiatives, as well as a number of fundraising efforts for political candidates, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

    ‪#‎HRC‬ ‪#‎LGBT‬ ‪#‎GLBT‬ ‪#‎Hillary‬ ‪#‎Clinton‬
    #BernNotice #Bernie2016 #FeelTheBern

    • NW10,PATRIOT! ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      In short, you’re saying Bernie is entitled to these endorsements, because…?

      • In short, I’m saying they should have either endorsed the candidate that has best represented their organization for over 30 years, or they should have just stayed out of the “endorsement business”. Is that clear enough for you, “patriot”? lol

        • NW10,PATRIOT! ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          What has Sanders done to earn the endorsement of HRC, other than “being right on gay rights from the get-go”? That is just as weak as saying that Sanders is entitled to the black vote because he marched with MLK Jr.

          • You’re kidding, right? The past matters, whether you like it or not. What has he done? Well, advocating for equality for LBGTQ people “from the get-go”, compared to someone who does it when it will win them political points, shows consistency, integrity, and a dedication to doing what is right even when it won’t be popular. That’s the hallmark of a true leader. Marching with MLK Jr. shows he isn’t just going to talk big about helping the disenfranchised and oppressed, he’s going to get out there and DO SOMETHING about it, unlike Herllary who was too busy working for a Republican that wanted to repeal the Civil Rights Act. Pointing out a candidate’s behavior is only weak when their behavior is weak, like every other candidate’s, and like yours in suggesting that #BernieSanders record doesn’t answer your initial question. He has done so much more for every person in this country, including LGBTQ people, and that’s even more apparent when an organization’s leadership endorses Herllary, but their members overwhelmingly support Sanders. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they have polled their membership to decide who to endorse? Oh yah, because #Bernie wins every single member-polled endorsement out there.

          • #FeeltheBern Patriot! Perfect response…

          • Now let’s talk about how he voted against DOMA on states’ right grounds.
            Now let’s talk about how other LGBT activists in his home state of Vermont were consistently frustrated by his silence on equality issues.
            Now let’s talk about how in 2006 when asked by a reporter if he would support full marriage equality in Vermont and he said “no, that’s too divisive.”
            He’s not the messiah for the LGBT community you’re painting him as.

          • I would be happy to explain in my view what Bernie has done to earn the endorsement on the HRC.

            In an open letter from the early 1970’s Sanders wrote: “Let us abolish all laws which attempt to impose a particular brand of
            morality or ‘right’ on people. Let’s abolish all laws dealing with
            abortion, drugs, sexual behavior (adultery, homosexuality, etc.).”

            In 1983 Sanders supported Burlington Vermont’s first Gay Pride Parade saying “we must all be committed to the mutual respect of each other’s lifestyle and as mayor he signed a Gay Pride Day proclamation.

            In 1984 Bernie put through an anti-discrimination housing ordinance that protected people based on their sexual orientation.

            In 1993, Bernie voted against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell which barred LGBT people from serving in the military.

            In 1995 he stood up on the House floor and defended gay people in the military during a discussion on a Clean Water Act bill.

            In 1996 Bernie voted against the Defense of Marriage Act.

            In 2000 Vermont proposed a Civil Union law which Bernie supported even though at the time 62% of people opposed same-sex unions.

            As far as the records indicate, Bernie stood for LGBT’s rights throughout his career and I can’t find an instance where he voted against the LGBT community.

            Hillary in comparison in 2000 said, : “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back
            to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has
            always been, between a man and a woman. But I also believe that people
            in committed gay marriages, as they believe them to be, should be given
            rights under the law that recognize and respect their relationship.”

            She was in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act even though she was in favor of civil unions.
            and 11 years later in 2007, she changed her opinion on DOMA stating: “I support repealing the provision of DOMA that may prohibit the
            federal government from providing benefits to people in states that
            recognize same-sex marriage.”

            In 2007 debate Hillary was asked “What is at the heart of your opposition to same-sex marriage?” and she responded, “Well, I prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions.
            You know, it’s a personal position. How we get to full equality is the
            debate we’re having, and I am absolutely in favor of civil unions with
            full equality of benefits, rights, and privileges.”

            So what does all of this tell me? Both Hillary and Bernie support equal rights for everyone based on sexual orientation which is great! However publicly, Hillary disagreed with same sex marriage. She also supported DOMA for many years which was one of the big repeals the HRC was fighting for. Based on these positions I think Bernie has shown he has been a longer and stronger candidate supporting the same things the HRC has been fighting for and therefore is more deserving of the HRC’s endorsement.

          • Bernie Sanders has certainly “earned” the endorsement of any pro-LGBT group!
            You don’t think that “being right on gay rights from the get-go” would earn him the endorsement of any gay rights proponents over Hell ery, who has voted AGAINST gay rights until 2 or 3 years ago once it was politically profitable to do so?
            My god, what the hell has SHE done to earn their endorsement???

        • Bernie is an UNELECTABLE DINO gun nut. He’s TOAST.

          “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      • Fact: Sanders is consistently pro-LGBT.

        Fact: Clinton has been homophobic the overwhelming majority of the time.

    • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
      Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
      chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
      chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      #feelthebernout moron

  • Really??? “Blasts” ?? Upon Inquisition and instigation by this cheap blog, the Sanders campaign gave a very sane, non-threatening and accurate reply.

    LOL Ah…. I get it!! “NW10, PAT_ROT” is really Chris Johnson, the author of this hatchet job!! LOL Now it all makes sense.

  • I just cancelled my HRC membership in their Partners program and all future donations. I sent them a pretty strong email as well. https://www.facebook.com/williamtcarter/posts/10208298026586431

  • Once again, the desperate and pathetic Berniebots throw a hissy fit because an organization has the audacity to endorse Clinton over Sanders. By the way Berniebots, you might actually want to review Sanders ENTIRE record before casting stones at Clinton. http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/10/05/bernie_sanders_on_marriage_equality_he_s_no_longtime_champion.html

    • I am glad you are proud of supporting a canidate that followed Bush and Cheney to war, voted for the patriot act, made a mess in Libya and Syria, takes millions from foreign governments that abuse women, has a charity that only 10 cents on the dollar helps anyone, and changes positions based on polls. Vote for a leader, senator Bernie Sander. He led on minority rights, gay rights, Iraq war, patriot act, TPP, keystone pipeline, healthcare, income inequality, and WOMENS RIGHTS. HRC is a poll/money follower, not a leader.

      • Oh wow, there’s so much bs in that to unpack. Let’s start with your first false attack-the Iraq War. Apparently, you don’t know what Congress authorized. Congress authorized the AUMF, which provided that then President Bush had authority to use military force against Iraq, BUT ONLY AS A LAST RESORT & ONLY IF HUSSEIN DIDN’T COMPLY with the inspections. That’s far different than declaring war.
        Secondly, the Syrian people started the civil war against Assad when Assad brutally massacred thousands of dissidents peacefully opposing his regime. We did not start that. Indeed, the Syrian people requested our help and the UN endorsed action to remove Assad.
        Thirdly, while American culture abhors the Islamic culture that demeans women, that doesn’t make the Islam our enemy. Saudi Arabia has been and continues to be our ally, so I see nothing wrong for them to donate to the Foundation and for the donations to be used for charitable purposes. And before you launch the fake rightwing attack against the Foundation, you should know that Charity Watch, a nonprofit organization that monitors the legitimacy of charities, gives the Clinton Foundation an A rating.

  • There is more to this story that meets the eye… I think we need a better organization to represent the rights of people HRC’s days are counted.

  • Listen Bill Clinton was elected by making promises to the Gay faction to help Gays in the millitary. And then that was the best he could do was ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’… that was from Bill Clinton. And I felt it funny that Bill Clinton got to actually experience the Karma… immediately, he got to find out that don’t ask don’t tell does not work (monica).

    • What the ignorant Berniebots don’t understand, and many of them weren’t even born during DADT, was that prior to DADT, it was absolutely prohibited for gays/lesbians to serve in the military and when President Clinton promoted gays/lesbians in the military, the backlash from MOST of America prevented him from going any further than DADT. Politics is about compromise and had President Clinton had pushed any further on gays/lesbians serving in the military, he may have not even been able to get DADT. That’s how angry the majority of Americans were about even permitting gays/lesbians to serve.

      • DADT was just a bad law anyway you look at it. Yes, the political climate would not have allowed it. I agree. But the law basically said, you can be gay and serve but just don’t talk about it. It’s like a non-law.

        • It was an ugly half-measure. I grew up in the epicenter of the AIDS crisis as a child of the 70s in San Francisco. Even in SF, gay rights weren’t really a thing yet. People who advocated for civil rights in SF were viewed as fringe nutjobs up until the 90s. I know in retrospect Clinton’s moves looked like weak sauce, but they were pretty revolutionary at the time.

  • HRC is the most effective grassroots organization around. Everyone who wants to see real change should study how they have made incredible progress.

    This is about choosing a candidate who can get stuff done. And that is Hillary, hands down. Bernie rails against the right stuff but he doesn’t understand nor have policy positions that with fix stuff that is wrong.

  • Meanwhile John Podesta is her campaign manager, who owns The Podesta Group, which is among the top paid lobbying firms representing clients in the worst human rights-violating nations. You know a person by the company they keep:

    http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/12/17/18940/top-paid-firms-representing-clients-worst-human-rights-violating-nations-2010?utm_campaign=syndication&utm_source=yahoo-news&utm_media=relation&utm_content=node-freeform

  • If Bernie Sanders was such a stalwart in supporting LGBT issues, then why is he on record saying LGBT issues are “not a major priority to him”? Furthermore, why did Bernie publicly oppose an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting gays/lesbians in the workplace as mayor? Why did Bernie defend his vote against DOMA solely on states’ rights concerns and not for marriage equality? Why did Bernie oppose his home state’s efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in 2006 and why didn’t Bernie come out in full support for marriage equality only as recently as 2009?

  • Key line, “…strong ability to win against any Republican running…” The leadership is not willing to take a stand with Bernie because they believe that HRC is “inevitable”. Not necessarily the better candidate. It is so sad that a group known for taking coragous stands are too cowardly on this point. Or is it only the leadership that are afraid?

    • Or maybe they just know that Clinton will be far more effective in getting things done than Bernie….I mean Bernie’s been in Congress over three decades and has done virtually nothing in that time befitting his pandering for a political revolution.

      • Or maybe it’s because the President of the HRC is completely biased in this endorsement.

        His wikipedia page states: “Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of 19”

      • Yes, the psychic mediums just “know” that HRC would be able to seduce a republican congress to do her bidding. I mean, just because they stone-walled president Obama doesn’t mean they will do the same to HRC.

        Besides, those who claim Bernie has done nothing in congress do not understand how congress works and tend to only look at bills sponsored and not at amendments and being a voice during debates.

        • Did I say HRC would fare much better??? Furthermore, HRC isn’t promising things she can’t deliver, unlike Sanders. The fucking is lying straight to your face and yet, you eat it up! You Berniebots are so pathetic.

        • Did I say HRC would fare much better??? Furthermore, HRC isn’t promising things she can’t deliver, unlike Sanders. The guy is lying straight to your face and yet, you eat it up! You Berniebots are so pathetic.

  • Bernie bots heads explode every time Hillary gets a big endorsement. hahaha

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

  • Hey Bernie bots, your DINO is getting crushed in endorsements. Your heads will explode when Warren endorses Hillary.

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

  • Get over it, Berniebots. Human Rights Campaign SUPPORTS HILLARY.

  • You Bernie bots are some of the most vile and disgusting people I’ve come across on the internet. You’re ALMOST as bad as the racist Trump fans. You throw fits when an endorsement doesn’t go your way and you claim conspiracy every time your DINO is getting killed in a poll and you run to all of the online polls after a debate and vote 100 times each. You are pathetic paid Trolls who are obsessed with an 80 year old DINO socialist who will NEVER become POTUS. ;) MANY people are getting turned off from Bernie because of his disgusting nut job supporters.

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    • You are the only one with vile disgusting posts here, oh and BTW all of your incessant spam and foul language has been flagged and you will; soon be blocked from this sit.

      • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
        Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
        chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
        chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

        go take your meds you unhinged wacko.

  • I almost forgot this, which contains part of Hillary’s pro-LGBT speech from NINETEEN NINETY.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LreOHZAJlgA

    • She didn’t make a pro-LGBT speech in 1990.

      In order:
      1) Video from 3/10/13
      2) Speech from October 2015
      3) “We will not back down” speech from 2012 AIDS Conference speech
      4) “Gay rights are human rights” Speech in Geneva 2011
      5) Video of Speech from 10/6/01
      6) More video from HRC Dinner October 2015

      Perhaps her earliest related speech would be the “women’s rights are human rights” from her 1995 speech in Beijing. But no, she didn’t make a pro-LGBT speech in 1990 when she was the First Lady of Arkansas.

  • I’m so sick of straight people telling gay people what to think. Most of you posting against HRC on this thread aren’t even LGB or T, and those of you who are were probably sucking on your Mothers in 1992. It’s easy for Sanders to act high and mighty when he comes from one of the most liberal states in the nation. For politicians who are active at the national level, supporting LGBT right has been a mine field for two decades. BIll Clinton, however, was the first national politician to even mention us and acknowledge our plight. He campaigned, CAMPAIGNED, on open gay service in the military in 1992, and it was the first thing he tried to do after taking the office. However, the harsh saw of reality and bigotry made him play defense on LGBT issues for the rest of his presidency.
    Obama, who ended up being our greatest advocate, didn’t publicly support gay marriage until 2012. Why? It wasn’t because he really didn’t. He did, but he knew he couldn’t say it in 2008 and get elected President. Same thing for Clinton, neither she nor Obama can publicly come out and say that they always supported us but were playing politics, but that is the truth, and thank God that Obama did hide that. I’m much better off now that he was elected in 2008 than if he had been a purist and lost to McCain. Do any of you remember the blood bath that was the 2004 election when Karl Rove used the boogeyman of gay marriage to sweep the GOP into power in many state governments?
    Politics is hard, because it takes walking a tight rope. Sanders is stupid. He would never be elected, because he can’t keep his mouth shut. He wants to tell everyone that he is a socialist, “Democratic” or not and that he will raise taxes on the middle class. He still won’t acknowledge that this makes hime completely unelectable in the general election. Can you imagine if he had been president in the 90s? Because his purity would not have allowed him to push DOMA, we would have gotten a constitutional amendment banning our marriages. Instead of celebrating Obergefell this year, we would be fighting a much harder battle.

    • so you would agree with the HRC that the entire trans community should just sit down? throwing members of the community under the bus for political expediency kinda compromises the entire POINT of the HRC. you remember back to 2004, and you still defend the actions of the HRC?

      • Yeah, that is a complete mischaracterization of their work. I believe activists need to be activists and continue to speak out. However, political organizations cannot ignore what is possible to achieve and what is not possible at the moment. If we have to wait until everyone accepts every part of LGBT rights, we would never advance, However, to get some progress means that we will probably be able to build upon that. This in many ways defines the different candidacies of Clinton and Sanders. Sanders can never deliver on the promises he makes, single payer, free college, expanded social security. However, that doesn’t mean nothing is possible, but one has to be adept at transaction politics which Sanders has never had the stomach for. It’s why his legislative record for the past 26 years is so thin when compared to that of Clinton’s who was only in the Senate for six years.

  • Bernie bots, get over it. Human rights campaign ENDORSED Hillary, not your DINO Bernie. Accept reality loons.

  • He nailed it, the HRC is an establishment org. I wouldn’t give them a cent, and I certainly wouldn’t want them representing me as a gay man. Who needs them anymore?

    • poor widdle baby is angry because hrc didn’t wanna endorse an old unelectable dino like Bernie. haha

      • YOU are the one coming across like an immature brat. Just look at your hundreds of idiotic trolling cry baby “comments”. LOL!

        #FeeltheBern

        • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
          Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
          chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
          chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

          #feelthebernout you low information parasite

  • HRC has failed the LGBT+ community and betrayed a lifetime friend and fierc advocate. Shame, HRC. Big gay shame on you. HRC = Hillary Rodham Clinton = DEATH

  • This is political cronyism….Chad Griffin, the prez of HRC had a job in the White House press office after working on Bill Clinton’s campaign. Hardly a democratic move on HRC’s part…why not give us a vote to decide who to endorse?

  • Hillary is one of the main architects of the TPP and sold it around the world:

    Clinton Took “A Leading Part In Drafting The Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

    “She’s pressed the case for U.S. business in Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in China’s shadow. She’s also taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade pact that would give U.S. companies a leg up on their Chinese competitors.”

    (Elizabeth Dwoskin and Indira Laksmanan, “How Hillary Clinton Created A U.S. Business-Promotion Machine,” Bloomberg, 1/10/13)

    And why do we now need a leg up on China? Because their (yes “their”, it was a co-presidency) administration continued to send jobs to China during the 90’s, beefing up their economy.

    Because the TPP grants corporations governance over democratic nations, I hope you never want to make your voice heard again because it could land you in a private corporate tribunal, away from US courts. Talk about human rights violations!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5StztvYw5SA

  • “Do we need a Lesbian and Gay Pride Day? When our lives must be a struggle for peace and self respect– yes!” — A Vermonter thanking Bernie for instituting Gay Pride Day back in 1983.

  • The actions of the HRC disgust me, and as a gay man I will NEVER support their corporatist pandering, white bread, shortsighted organization ever again.

  • Haha Clinton strong record duh fuck

  • The only thing that really matters is this: If Hillary were a person of the people and was really going to heal deep divides, then she would already be doing it. People wouldn’t be championing for her solely because she’s a woman or because they don’t want a republican in office. Whereas people like Bernie because of what he stands for, people want Hillary AND THEN justify it with what she stands for. People actually LIKE Bernie. But back my original point — If she were going to heal these divides, SHE WOULD ALREADY BE DOING IT. I don’t see her ANYWHERE on the ground level of things, getting endorsements from black intellectuals like Cornel West or from black activists like Killer Mike. Or even sitting down and having a level-headed, REAL, non-opportunistic, human to human conversation like Bernie did with Killer Mike. I just don’t see it happening. I don’t see her reaching people’s hearts because I don’t think she comes from the same place internally that Bernie comes from. She may hit the notes intellectually and spew all the buzzwords and speak with the fervor of a politician but at the end of the day, I just don’t believe her because you get of sense of who she is as a human being from how she has and continues to conduct herself and her campaign. Cheap attacks and lies just don’t cut it anymore.

  • Money bomb for Bernie Sanders from all gays, lesbians, bis and transgenders who support Bernie Sanders. And from their supporters. Let’s show HRC and HRC what we think about Pantsuits. She’s certainly not someone we’ll give our money to, much less vote for.

    • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
      Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
      chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
      chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

      Bernie the DINO is a flip flopping pathological liar.

  • HRC does great work for white middle-class LG Americans. They haven’t much history of rocking the establishment, and until recently have pretty much ignored the BT in LGBT, and people of color, if not been outright hostile to these communities. I’d rather have them fighting for LGBT rights than not, but they too often fight for middlebrow mainstream acceptability. Us B and Ts, us on the left, have argued and fought with them for years over these issues (and to be fair, we have made some progress with them, but not nearly enough). So I too agree 100% with Bernie’s position, for all that and for the reasons others have stated in earlier comments.

    • People of color isn’t their concern, any more than the NAACP concerns itself with gay rights. You have to be careful to not support causes that while just are outside the purview of the non profit you are working with.

      You are right, however, HRC does support Gay rights far more than Bi Rights, but that’s partially because supporting bi rights is a more nuanced battle, while fighting for gay rights, and gay marriage specifically, was an easy battle call.

  • Bernie Sanders is a true progressive in LGBT rights. Everyone read the letters in the link. They describe the Proclamation making June 25, 1983 Gay Pride Day in Burlington, VT.

    “In our democratic society, it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard civil liberties and civil rights – especially the freedom of speech and expression. In a free society we must all be mutual respect of each others lifestyles.”

    Bernie Sanders
    Mayor of Burlington

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/270078345/Sanders-Pride-March-Correspondence-1983-1986

    • Bernie is a DINO.

      “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
      Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
      chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
      chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

  • “Recalling Sanders support for civil unions in Vermont when it became the first state to enact them in 2000, Briggs said Sanders was “a pioneer on this early version of gay marriage…”

    That may be how they are telling it today, but Sanders actually stood against same sex marriage in Vermont, at the time telling reporters that “he was comfortable with civil unions but not full marriage equality.” Sanders complained that a battle for same-sex marriage would be too “divisive.”

  • “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    The Bernie bots are having an heart attack right now. hahaah

  • Bernie is sinking faster than the titanic. haha

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-national-democratic-primary

  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/10/20/the-math-is-clear-hillary-clinton-has-better-odds-of-becoming-president-than-anybody-else-by-far/

    http://www.npr.org/2015/11/13/455812702/clinton-has-45-to-1-superdelegate-advantage-over-sanders

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    Bernie the DINO is sinking faster than the titanic. hahaahah

  • I have no respect anymore for the HRC.
    They have lost any of my support and will NEVER AGAIN get another dime out of me!

  • When youre a progressive group who fights all the right fights for all the right reasons, why wouldnt you look for a candidate who does the same thing… Hillary has never had any respect for or interest in fighting for the gay community until it became popular to do so… Bernie has been fighting those fights when it wasnt politically wise to do so… He fought for us, not for what he would get out of it… This endorsement is shameful.

  • Bernie bots, you act like a bunch of sore losers. Hillary is getting a ton of endorsements while your OLD, UNELECTABLE DOUCHEBAG Bernie is getting well, far less than Hillary.

    #feelthebernout

  • I dont see where he “blasts” HRC, but I do see a new angle the media is trying to drum up along with the Shilary supporters, of the “blasting” allies etc angle… it is transparent and won;’t work

  • This has more to do with Goldman-Sachs than anything else. My = stickers are all in the trash and my donations are gone. I always wondered why people bashed the HRC but I never looked into it. Duh.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-beaver/hrc-goldman-sachs_b_1257465.html

  • Anybody released what the vote was among the 32 community leaders?

    As with the ‘established’ leaders of several unions that did not solicit members on their views – these “spokesmen’ may well be outvoted by their constitiency. Real people know! Sycophants are EXPECTED to ‘show’.

  • I think it is sad that the deceptively named “Human Rights Campaign” has endorsed a notorious homophobe like Hillary Clinton. It’s yet another betrayal of the LGBT civil rights movement, and it shows that the only thing the HRC cares about is big money donation. No knowledgable LGBT person gives them a dime.

  • How could Hilary Clinton get that endorsement. She helped Bill Clinton destroy those ladys he fondled or had an affair with.

  • I’m for Bernie. The HRC didn’t ask my opinion.

  • What THIS is is calling in FAVORS for “support given!’

  • I will not support the HRC again. Bernie Sanders has stood with LGBT community from day one. Hillary only did when it was politically advantageous for her. Enough is Enough.

  • Human Rights Campaign exists solely to deliver voters to Democrats. They have decades of ignoring and dismissing the needs of working class and poor LGBT folks, and POC. This is merely their latest shitshow. Endlessly fuck them forever!

  • Good Choice…Thank You!! Wake up Blue America!! bern-OUT is NOT a Democrat and would hurt our party in November and lose the White House! Only a TRUE Democrat for me…Viva Hillary!!! #ImWithHer

    • Hillary is not a true Democrat, either. She has made a career out of pushing a moderate Republican agenda. I think if you became less concerned with the affiliation stamped on their voter cards and paid more attention to actual issues, you will find that Sanders is definitely a Democrat in the FDR model. Even Rand Paul called out Hillary as a neocon. Her positions are certainly not in line with traditional Democratic party values.

  • Feel The Bern! People want someone honest and trustworthy, Bernie Sanders will be our next President!!

  • Bernie will never be elected president. Even if he wins the nomination, it will be a Republican victory because conservatives fear socialism.

  • You picked the wrong person. Period. Hillary is almost as old as Sanders, btw. What are you guys THINKING??? Ok, you are losing my affection, fast.

  • I have long been a financial backer of the Human Rights Campaign. They just lost my donations and my support.

    • You might want to reconsider that stance. Last night on Maddow’s show he referred to the HRC as the “Human Rights Fund.” For an organization in which he feels entitled to their endorsement, he should probably know the name, no? He also went on the attack against the HRC and Planned Parenthood. He’s coming unhinged.

      • No, I do not want to reconsider especially since he NEVER said he was ‘entitled’ to their endorsement. If you seriously think that it is more important that he remembers the full name of the HRC than that the HRC gave HIM its highest rating as a legislator–100% on LGBT issues, substantially higher than the rating they gave Clinton, then I suggest that it is YOU who needs to reconsider, but what you need to look at is your priorities.

        Nor did he ‘attack’ the HRC or Planned Parenthood. Like it or not, they are part of the Democratic establishment. That is hardly an ‘attack’.

        He is most definitely not ‘unhinged’ but the panic mode of you Clinton supporters is reaching that stage.

        Edit: I repeat what I told the HRC today after I stopped my regular donation, they will never see another penny from me. I should have done it when they betrayed our trans brothers and sisters over employment protections. But this was the final straw for me.

        • You’re comparing apples to oranges. I’ve seen that grade comparison. It compares Clinton’s 2008 grade when she was last a US Senator to Bernie’s 2015 rating. Guess what… Sanders didn’t support full gay civil rights in 2015 either (not until 2009). You’re being intellectually dishonest in an attempt to airbrush history, but it sounds like you’re perfectly comfortable in this alternate reality. Me? Oh, I like real reality, so I’ll just stay put here.

          • No, the grades are from the same organization so it is apples to apples. You just don’t much like facts.

            But I am now curious. In your ‘reality’ are you a member of HRC? What other LGBTQ organizations are you a member of? I note you preferred not to address that the HRC did not ask its membership before they gave out OUR supposed endorsement. So you think that is acceptable?

            Or are you any chance just a Clinton mouthpiece with no ties whatsoever to the LGBTQ community?

          • You’re using different dates, jerkoff. I see intellectual dishonesty is deeply embedded into your psyche. Go back and use Sanders’ 2008 rating, which is NOT 100%, if you’re going to use HIllary’s 2008 rating.
            Yes, I’m an HRC supporter and donor and regularly volunteer legal services on a pro bono basis for LGBT issues. Most organizations do not poll their members before giving out an endorsement. No one is required to vote the way HRC advises us to. It’s merely a suggestion. You’re free to vote for whomever you want, but lying about the other candidate whom you don’t prefer only serves to make you look petty, small, and petulant, much like Sanders looks like after his attacks on the HRC and Planned Parenthood.

        • From Sanders’ spokesman with respect to HRC’s (not HRF) endorsement: ““It’s understandable and consistent with the establishment organizations voting for the establishment candidate,” he jabbed, “but it’s an endorsement that cannot possibly be based on the facts and the record.”
          What was that about entitlement issues, you say?

          • That is exactly what I said. Nowhere did his spokesman say he was ‘entitled’ to the endorsement. That is in your imagination and bias, not in the comment. In fact, what most of us say is that there should have been NO endorsement at this point in the campaign. Certainly at the least, they should have consulted the membership.

            You are claiming he’s wrong, so you tell ME how it’s based on ‘the record’ when even the HRC gives Sanders’ record a 100% on LGBT issues and Clinton only a 89%. Whatever the endorsement was based on, it most certainly was NOT based on the record.

          • This statement doesn’t reek of entitlement to you? Reading between the lines is apparently not your strong suit. This is entitlement to the nth degree. I’m guessing the critical reading section of standardized tests is not where you score in the 99th percentile.

          • The problem is that you are putting your interpretation ‘between the lines’ and not anything that is there. As for your further insults, amazing how quickly Clinton supporters turn to that, instead of the issues.

            Now back to the issue at hand, which LGBTQ organizations are you a member of? And why do you think it is all right for HRC to give members’ endorsement to a candidate without asking us?

          • Ok. Not interested. Have a good day.

          • Tough questions, eh?

          • No, just not interested in speaking with a BernieBro not willing to listen or possibly consider other viewpoints.

          • Yet another attempt at insults instead of issues, with a bit of sexism thrown in for good measure. I am definitely not a ‘Bro’ of any sort or stripe. Now why is it acceptable for HRC to issue an endorsement without consulting its membership?

  • This just stinks and I think it all gets down to money, sadly. Both LGBT and HRC do, and will continue to, benefit financially from HRC and her husband’s coffers. It is actually Bernie Sanders who has fought the good fight for LGBT and HRC for just as long or longer than HRC, especially LGBT. Anyone can check his voting record and history on all matters LGBT related.

  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/10/20/the-math-is-clear-hillary-clinton-has-better-odds-of-becoming-president-than-anybody-else-by-far/

    http://www.npr.org/2015/11/13/455812702/clinton-has-45-to-1-superdelegate-advantage-over-sanders

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

    Bernie the UNELECTABLE DINO SOCIALIST IS DONE.

  • Bernie bots, you LOST. HAHAHA Bernie the UNELECTABLE DINO is going down. hahaha

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/10/20/the-math-is-clear-hillary-clinton-has-better-odds-of-becoming-president-than-anybody-else-by-far/

    http://www.npr.org/2015/11/13/455812702/clinton-has-45-to-1-superdelegate-advantage-over-sanders

    “I could see Bernie Sanders winning a few states,” Silver said of the
    Vermont independent. “New Hampshire is still very close. But [Clinton’s]
    chances have to be in the range of 90 to 95 percent. Trump has more of a
    chance than Bernie.”-Nate Silver

  • The paragraph at the end, trying to say that Bernie was not in support of marriage inequality is misleading. “Not right now, not after what we just went through.” doesn’t say anything about what Bernie’s ‘favor’ is. He may have just been referring to a need to regroup and recover from Vermont’s conflict.

  • RUN by the corrupt ESTABLISHMENT POLITICS indeed!
    http://www.back2stonewall.com/2014/09/hrc-prez-chad-giffins-2013-salary-507000-00-stealing-credit-rewriting-history-pays-well.html

    As a Trans woman, I’m still feeling the Bern! And I am not even American! Bernie is the type of ideal honest and compassionate politician every country deserves and need!

    Planned parenthood and HRC are indeed part of the establishment, but only **in the sense** that they are tied to establishment politics and they feel obligated to endorse establishment politicians. Hillary and her campaign (including the executives in planned parenthood and HRC) are purposely taking what Bernie said out of context to attack him disingeneously, as they always do.

  • No more donations for the HRC.

  • As it was coined on GayUSA, it’s The Establishment Endorsing the Establishment. Hilliary is frantic to stop Bernie as she’s way afraid of another run into the mud as she had in 2008.

  • As a gay man, I believe that much of the gay community is completely out of touch with the Gay community and with their masculinity and with reality anymore. They have always been and always shall be their OWN worst nightmares and enemies! Silly, flippant, farcical, fake, arrogant, weak, and stupid, pantomimic queens like RuPaul, and her ridiculous male-destroying show, all seem to be on a mission to put a c u n t, bra and fresh panties on every man on earth! May God destroy it all!

    Especially gay men anymore; most of whom seem hell bent on giving all of their power away as men to WOE-men, allowing them to tell them what to do, beat on them, manipulate, control, dominate, harass, degrade, kill, and dis-empower them. They dress like woe-men, act like them, behave like them, talk like them, etc. It’s all so goddamned satanic and weird! It’s sucks and it’s insane! Stupid, worthless queens! WAKE UP! Claim your masculinity back before it’s too late. You can be gay and masculine without chopping your dyck off all the damned time! Just because we’re gay doesn’t mean that you always have to act like disgusting cunts, so grow up!

    Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad bitch who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly queers won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • As a gay man, I believe that much of the gay community is completely out of touch with the Gay community and with their masculinity and with reality anymore. They have always been and always shall be their OWN worst nightmares and enemies! Silly, flippant, farcical, fake, arrogant, weak, and stupid, pantomimic queens like RuPaul, and her ridiculous male-destroying show, all seem to be on a mission to put a c u n t, bra and fresh panties on every man on the face of the earth! May God destroy it all!

    Especially gay men anymore; most of whom seem hell bent on giving all of their power away as men to WOE-men, allowing them to tell them what to do, beat on them, manipulate, control, dominate, harass, degrade, kill, and dis-empower them. They dress like woe-men, act like them, behave like them, talk like them, etc. It’s all so goddamned satanic and weird! It’s sucks and it’s insane! Stupid, worthless queens! WAKE UP! Claim your masculinity back before it’s too late. You can be gay and masculine without chopping your d y c k off all the damned time! Just because we’re gay doesn’t mean that you always have to act like disgusting c u n t s, so grow up!

    Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b i t ch who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly q u e e rs won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • As a gay man, I believe that much of the gay community is completely out of touch with the Gay community and with their masculinity and with reality anymore. They have always been and always shall be their OWN worst nightmares and enemies! Silly, flippant, farcical, fake, arrogant, weak, and stupid, pantomimic queens like RuPaul, and her ridiculous male-destroying show, all seem to be on a mission to put a c u n t, bra and fresh panties on every man on the face of the earth! May God destroy it all!

    Especially gay men anymore; most of whom seem hell bent on giving all of their power away as men to WOE-men, allowing them to tell them what to do, beat on them, manipulate, control, dominate, harass, degrade, kill, and dis-empower them. They dress like woe-men, act like them, behave like them, talk like them, etc. It’s all so goddamned satanic and weird! It’s sucks and it’s insane! Stupid, worthless queens! WAKE UP! Claim your masculinity back before it’s too late. You can be gay and masculine without chopping your d y c k off all the damned time! Just because we’re gay doesn’t mean that you always have to act like disgusting c u n t s, so grow up!

  • As a gay man, I believe that much of the gay community is completely out of touch with the Gay community and with their masculinity and with reality anymore. They have always been and always shall be their OWN worst nightmares and enemies! Silly, flippant, farcical, fake, arrogant, weak, and stupid, pantomimic queens like RuPaul, and her ridiculous male-destroying show, all seem to be on a mission to put a c u n t, bra and fresh panties on every man on the face of the earth! May God destroy it all!

    Especially gay men anymore; most of whom seem h e l l bent on giving all of their power away as men to WOE-men, allowing them to tell them what to do, beat on them, manipulate, control, dominate, harass, degrade, kill, and dis-empower them. They dress like woe-men, act like them, behave like them, talk like them, etc. It’s all so g o d d a m n e d satanic and weird! It’s s u c k s and it’s insane! Stupid, worthless queens! WAKE UP! Claim your masculinity back before it’s too late. You can be gay and masculine without chopping your d y c k off all the damned time! Just because we’re gay doesn’t mean that you always have to act like disgusting c u n t s, so grow up!

    Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b i t c h who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly q u e e r s are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, sexual and self-destructive guns blazing! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b i t c h who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly q u e e r s are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, full guns blazing! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b i t c h who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly q u e e r s are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, sexual and self-destructive guns blazing! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b i t c h who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly q u e e r s are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, s e x u a l and self-destructive guns ablaze and blazing, ready to cut anyone down who doesn’t agree with your insane behaviors and licentious lifestyle! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b y t c h who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly q u e e r s are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, s e x u a l and self-destructive guns ablaze and blazing, ready to cut anyone down who doesn’t agree with your insane behaviors and licentious lifestyle! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    You’ll wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b**ch who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly queens are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, s e x u a l and self-destructive guns ablaze and blazing, ready to cut anyone down who doesn’t agree with your insane behaviors and licentious lifestyle! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    Wake the hell up! Before you wake up in HELL!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad b**ch who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly queens are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, s e x u a l and self-destructive guns ablaze and blazing, ready to cut anyone down who doesn’t agree with your insane behaviors and licentious lifestyle! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    Wake the hell up! Before you wake up in H E L L!!!!!

  • Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad witch who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly queens are going to far as usually; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, s e x u a l and self-destructive guns ablaze and blazing, ready to cut anyone down who doesn’t agree with your insane behaviors and licentious lifestyle! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wash-away freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    Wake the hell up! Before you wake up in H E L L!!!!!

  • As a gay man, I believe that much of the gay community is completely out of touch with the Gay community and with their masculinity and with reality anymore. They have always been and always shall be their OWN worst nightmares and enemies! Silly, flippant, farcical, fake, HATEFUL, nasty, disgusting, arrogant, weak, and stupid, pantomimic queens like RuPaul, and her ridiculous male-destroying show, all seem to be on a mission to put a c u n t, bra and fresh panties on every man on the face of the earth! May God destroy it all!

    Especially gay men anymore; most of whom seem h e l l bent on giving all of their power away as men to WOE-men, allowing them to tell them what to do, beat on them, manipulate, control, dominate, harass, degrade, kill, and dis-empower them. They dress like woe-men, act like them, behave like them, talk like them, etc. It’s all so g o d d a m n e d satanic and weird! It s u c k s and it’s insane! Stupid, worthless queens! WAKE UP! Claim your masculinity back before it’s too late. You can be gay and masculine without chopping your d y c k off all the damned time! Just because we’re gay doesn’t mean that you always have to act like disgusting c u n t s, so grow up!

    Hil-LIAR-y Clinton is a conniving, two-faced, liar; she is completely incapable of running the nation because she has never even been capable of running her own life, her previous professions as both the Secretary of State, as well as a lawyer back in the early to middle 70’s, when she was fired for unethical behavior, much less to her ridiculous, farcical marriage to that womanizer, Bill. She is a malehating, powermad witch who will stop at nothing and step on and over anyone who gets in her way to get what she wants.

    She never even supported us (GLBTQ Community) until just the last couple of years. She will say anything, do anything, and be anything like Janus, the two headed demon that she, as a Freemason, worships in secret, in order to finally achieve and get what she wants. She’s a straight demon; a lying, crass char.

    Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, is all man and has supported us as gay people and gay men right from the very beginning. Again, wake up, fools! You stupid silly queens are going too far as usual; no self-control, no self-restraint, no self-accountability. Always full speed ahead, loud, silly, s e x u a l and self-destructive guns ablaze and blazing, ready to cut anyone down who doesn’t agree with your insane behaviors and licentious lifestyle! You won’t get it until one day soon you wake up and you find yourselves without anymore of your wishy-washy-washed-away silliness, social freedoms and self-emaciated power.

    Wake the h e l l up! Before you wake up in H E L L!!!!!

  • Bernie Sanders is an affront to America. With tens of millions dead at the hands of Socialism, how can anyone think that those ideas are good? If you want to be a Democrat (welfare statist), that’s fine–and we can debate every possible issue. But, if you’re a Socialist, kindly move to North Korea where you belong. The LGBT community needs to get its collective head out of the sand: just because a political group is willing to go along with legislation does NOT mean that the political party doing so is “right” to be supported.

  • I get a headache every time Bernie Sanders goes on about workers’ rights. There are no “workers’ rights”– there are only individual rights. I, as an individual, have chosen to accept or decline the working wages and conditions offered to me by employers willing to employ me. The supporters of Bernie Sanders (and most Democrats, for that matter) favor mob rule and intimidation over reasoned debate and winning people over voluntarily. The vitriol used by Liberals in this country is embarrassing. But, what’s worse is when they simply “legislate the solution” while believing that will be all they need to do. It’s one thing to pass a law– its something else to convince the people that its a GOOD law.

    Some laws/decisions need to be passed despite public “opposition”– such as same-sex marriage. But, that is on the grounds of Constitutional consistency, i.e., legislation to right the wrong of unequal treatment before the Law. Most of the Liberal legislative agenda is about expropriation from people Liberals don’t like in order to give more to those who will vote for them. Enough already!

  • As for the HRC, I can’t support them because they go WAY too far.

  • Although I have been a long time supporter of both Hillary and the Human Rights Campaign, I agree that the endorsement was a mistake (especially when the explanation given was so general and unspecific). As members of the same political party, democrats don’t need to be creating unnecessary divisions between one another when it comes to LGBT equality. While Sanders certainly championed LGBT rights as a senator, the same can also be said about Hillary’s term as Secretary of State. What really matters though is they are both committed to continuing the fight for LGBT equality in the years to come if elected into office. Let’s not forget the real enemy of LGBT equality are the nominees who want to appoint SCOTUS justices which will reverse same-sex marriage and those who will pass every executive order they can to bring the US back to the stone ages of gay rights when homosexuals weren’t allowed to serve openly in the military or adopt children. With the dangerous, homophobic rhetoric the GOP can’t seem to stop spewing out in the media, democrats need to stick together, not fall apart.

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