Paul Y. Song, MD., now made famous for his "Democratic whores" comment, has come forward with an apology letter posted on The Huffington Post.
In the letter, Song reiterates that he did not clear his prepared words with anyone in the campaign, then attempts to further explain his meaning:
Above all, I want to apologize to Secretary Clinton for my insensitive use of the word “whores” and to adamantly profess that this was never intended nor directed at her, as some have incorrectly interpreted. I have always had a deep respect for Secretary Clinton, and if people took the time to go through all my prior Facebook posts, tweets, and comments, one would see that I have been extremely careful never to attack her personally and if anything, I have tried to focus more on why I was supporting Senator Sanders.
Regardless of my original intent, there is no excuse for my poor judgment in using this word. The backlash has been swift and harsh, and rightfully so. To all fellow Americans who I have offended, I apologize to each of you too. I would kindly ask you to read the rest of this op-ed so I explain my true intent and context.
He also apologizes to Bernie Sanders, explaining to readers that he hopes they will not judge the Senator based on his actions.
Bernie Sanders hosted a massive rally at Washington Square Park in New York on Wednesday night, speaking to a crowd of 27,000 people (with an estimated 20,000 in overflow).
It was an iconic event, with speakers such as Rosario Dawson, Spike Lee, and the band Vampire Weekend opening up for the Vermont senator.
However, one of the speakers that opened for Sanders, Dr. Paul Song, made some ill-conceived remarks that led to immediate outrage on Twitter. When addressing the crowd, Dr. Song said the phrase “corporate democratic whores,” which sparked fury amongst Hillary Clinton supporters.
It’s important to provide context for this: Dr. Song’s full statement reveals he was not referring to Clinton, specifically, but rather the bought –and-sold corporate Democrats in Congress. “Medicare-for-all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us,” Dr. Song stated.
Regardless of his intentions, the phrase is offensive and troubling; Dr. Song should have undoubtedly conveyed his thoughts with more respectful language.
Dr. Song did apologize on Twitter, although he continued to defend himself.
I am very sorry for using the term "whore" to refer to some in congress who are beholden to corporations and not us. It was insensitive.— Paul Y. Song (@paulysong) April 14, 2016
Sanders also apologized for his surrogate and denounced the comments, calling them “inappropriate and insensitive. There's no room for language like that in our political discourse.”
Dr. Song's comment was inappropriate and insensitive. There's no room for language like that in our political discourse.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 14, 2016
Sanders quickly addressed the issue and disavowed the language, which was absolutely the right move to make. Yet he is still receiving criticism from Clinton supporters, despite the fact that Clinton, herself, has refused to apologize for being complicit in a racist remark made only days ago.
In a skit she performed with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, de Blasio used the punchline “CP time,” referring to “colored people time”—this racially insensitive joke is unacceptable, and in this instance, Clinton knew beforehand that the joke was coming, as the skit was clearly written, planned, and rehearsed.
After receiving backlash, she did not apologize for her surrogate, but instead deflected: “Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio’s. He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he’s already talked about,” was all she had to say.
Another Clinton surrogate, Tom Watson, made an abhorrently anti-Semitic comment on Twitter on Wednesday night, which she has also not addressed or apologized for.
The hypocrisy from her supporters concerning this issue continues to be baffling.
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