April 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Sanders would seek to overturn anti-LGBT N.C., Mississippi laws
Bernie Sanders said his administration would seek to overturn anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Bernie Sanders said his administration would seek to overturn anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Bernie Sanders doubled-down Friday on his opposition to recently enacted anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi by saying his administration would seek to overturn them.

The Democratic presidential candidate made the remarks during an appearance on “The View” when co-host Raven-Symoné asked what he would say to LGBT people in the aftermath of passage of those laws.

“Not only what I would say, as president of the United States, I would do everything I can to overturn these outrageous decisions by Mississippi and North Carolina, etc.,” Sanders said. “We have gone too far as a nation. God knows, we have seen so much discrimination in our history, right? Against the African-American community, against Latinos, against the Irish, the Italians, the Jews.”

Invoking the words of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., Sanders said, “You judge people on the character, not on the color of their skin, and I would add, too, not on their gender or their sexual orientation.”

Although Sanders mentioned “sexual orientation,” he didn’t articulate “gender identity” even though the laws in North Carolina and Mississippi specifically target transgender people in addition to undermining rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Both Sanders and his rival Hillary Clinton have denounced the anti-LGBT law in North Carolina and the “religious freedom” law in Mississippi as discriminatory measures.

Sanders also talked LGBT rights — in particular his vote against the 1996 anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act — when asked about controversial remarks he made earlier this week in which he said Clinton isn’t qualified to be president because of special interest money donated to her Super PAC.

Insisting those remarks were in response to comments she made about him “not being qualified,” Sanders said Clinton has made questionable judgements on things like her 2002 vote for the Iraq vote and her initial support for DOMA.

“She regrets a lot of things, and I don’t mean to be sarcastic,” Sanders said. “We all mistakes, but I regret less than she does because I had the courage to vote the right way even when it was not necessarily popular.”

Going into further detail on DOMA, Sanders drew attention to Clinton’s support for law through her 2000 U.S. Senate campaign and desire to repeal only Section 3 of the law during her 2008 presidential campaign. In 2013, Clinton came out for full marriage equality.

“Secretary Clinton supported DOMA, her husband supported DOMA, signed the bill as a matter of fact,” Sanders said. “I stood out against that. So the point is, sometimes you got to stand up even when it’s not necessarily popular.”

It should be noted Clinton never said Sanders isn’t qualified for the presidency, but in an interview on “Morning Joe” this week said his widely panned interview with the New York Daily News raises questions about his preparedness.

Watch a clip of Sanders’ interview on “The View” here. (Remarks on DOMA start at 4:30)

h/t Joe.My.God

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6 Comments
  • Damn right it should be noted. Because it shows what a prevaricating, sexist hypocrite Bernie Sanders really is.

    Even with Sanders’ public reversals yesterday (without an apology from Sanders for his implied sexism, btw), Bernie Sanders’ personal campaign attack dogs, Weaver and Devine, very much continued Sanders’ new, personal, demonizing (literally) campaign against Hillary on their nationally broadcast interviews.

    Sanders could not articulate the specifics of his own ‘trademark’ issues to the NY Daily News editorial board. So it’s no surprise Sanders is not conversationally familiar with gender identity issues.

    Castro or Warren for Veep, please.
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    It should be noted Clinton never said Sanders isn’t qualified for the presidency, but in an interview on “Morning Joe” this week said his widely panned interview with the New York Daily News raises questions about his preparedness.
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    Although Sanders mentioned “sexual orientation,” he didn’t articulate “gender identity” even though the laws in North Carolina and Mississippi specifically target transgender people in addition to undermining rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
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  • It’s funny how Paypal, Apple and the LGBT slams North Carolina for not catering the LGBT but how come these same people are not slamming the countries that routinely throw into prison or execute you if your LGBT.

  • This should not be a matter of Bernie v. Hillary. I’d gladly vote for either.

    Actually there is action that can be taken right now long before a new president takes office. One of the few industries Mississippi has is shipbuilding in the Gulf Coast with a heavy Navy emphasis. There is RIGHT NOW an active petition on the “we the People” section of the White House website titled “Rescind the Navy Contract with Ingalls Shipbuilding due to State Senate Bill 1523 Legalizing Denial of Necessities”

    Go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/rescind-navy-contract-ingalls-shipbuilding-due-state-senate-bill-1523-legalizing-denial-necessities

  • After all, LGBT are the experts when it comes to bathrooms and marriage. Let’s change these two concepts to suit the LGBT agenda.

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