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WATCH: Bernie Sanders slams GOP ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy in front of thousands at Christian University

Speaking at the private Christian college Liberty University this Monday, Bernie Sanders tore into a the GOP’s “pro-life” mantra, saying that when it comes to children who are out of the womb, Republicans are anything but.

Speaking at the private Christian college Liberty University this Monday, Bernie Sanders tore into the GOP’s “pro-life” mantra, saying that when it comes to children who are out of the womb, Republicans are anything but.

Sanders responded to a student’s question wondering what he’d do to protect the “children in the womb” who are even more vulnerable than those victimized by the immorally protected billionaire class:

“I understand that,” Sanders said, “But I do also understand this is an area where we disagree. I do understand and I do believe that it is improper for the United States government or for state government to tell every woman in this country the very painful and difficult choice that she has to make on that issue.”

“And I honestly don’t want to be too provocative here, but very often conservatives say, ‘Well, you know, get the government out of my life!’” he continued. “I don’t want the government telling me what to do.”

“But on this very sensitive issue on which this nation is divided,” Sanders said, “But my view is I respect absolutely a family that says, ‘No, we are not going to have an abortion.’ I understand that, I respect that. But I would hope that other people will respect the very painful and difficult choice that many women feel they have to make and don’t want the government telling them what to do.”

“But, I want to take that question a step further,” he said. “Here is where I hope we have common ground.”

“I want to tell you what was in the Republican budget that passed some months ago… When you talk about issues of children, understand the Republican budget threw 27 million people off of health care, including many children, at a time when many families cannot afford to send their kids to college,” he said.

“At a time when children in America are going hungry, the Republican budget cut billions of dollars in nutrition programs, including money for the WIC [Women, Infants and Children] program, which goes to low income pregnant women and their babies,” he went on. “And to add insult to injury in that budget, the Republicans provided over $250 billion over a 10-year period in tax breaks to the top two tenths of one percent.”

“I don’t think that is a moral budget.”

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11 Comments

  1. Eva Cutler

    September 15, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Bernie said it RIGHT. This issue as others needs to be openly DISCUSSED instead of argued without the willingness to shed light over the entire picture.

  2. Michelle Raine

    September 15, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Go Bernie. They were trying to play got’cha to a partisan crowd and he was able to send it back to them. I respect him more than ever.

  3. joseph

    September 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

    This man is a total baffon!

  4. Coach

    September 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    He schooled Liberty College on all aspects of morality and ethics/ good job Bernie

  5. Robert

    September 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I’m not a Republican, but that whole argument about if you are pro life you should support state measures to protect the child once he/she/”purple penguin,” is born is entirely fallacious. It assumes that the state is the only way to help people, which is rarely, if ever, true.

  6. James "JT" Thompson

    September 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    The question of ABORTION deserves great and constant review.. as a citizen with some thoughts there is only one answer.. a Jury. I believe all things terminal, abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia each demand a jury ruling.. Death in any and all forms is an unchangeable event, the fact that people deserve to have their spousal, family and friends support throughout such event is beyond generous it is humane. “JT’

  7. Brian Folks (@RightFolks)

    September 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    So he wants the government out of the womb, but wants the government in every other aspect of our lives?

    We simply need to define abortion as murder so that people understand why it is acceptable for the government to say no to abortion.

  8. deleuzean

    September 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

    If you support the Sanders’ campaign, please also support his effort to shift political discourse away from this kind of angry, divisive and baiting headline.

    I think Sanders’ rhetorical style speaks very firmly for itself. He doesn’t call people he disagrees with nasty names – he simply describes their actions and voting records factually, and invites listeners to judge for themselves if those actions are ones they want to support.

    This is the very essence of his problem-solving-based policy-making efforts,. Progressive political bloggers would do well to follow his lead if they hope to genuinely change the American political landscape, instead of simply being a mirror-imaged, loyal-opposition charicature of their conservative counterparts.

  9. Tim Hogan

    September 16, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Bernie is right on!

  10. Travis Lawrence

    September 17, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Listen to all the women cheering. That is a voice that needs to be heard. Thank you Bernie.

  11. Zaucy

    September 29, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Hmm. Well, if the Republicans cut WIC for the woman I saw use hers in a bodega and then get in a brand new Mercedes SUV all I can say is: good.

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