Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is under fire for his characterization of some progressive groups — including Planned Parenthood — as “establishment,” but many of his supporters agree.
During an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Tuesday evening, Sanders said his campaign is “taking on not only Wall Street and the economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment.”
Asked why groups like the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood have endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead of him, Sanders said that he has “friends and supporters” in those groups, “but you know what, Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time and some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.”
Clinton responded on Twitter:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2016
Planned Parenthood has given Sanders’ voting record a score of 100 percent. The organization faced backlash for its endorsement of Clinton from many Sanders supporters who noted that the daughter of Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards works for the Clinton campaign.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment. The organization did respond to Sanders’ comment on Twitter:
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) January 20, 2016
Sanders’ supporters defended his remarks on Twitter.
— Bekah_Rigby (@TheOMGSpot) January 20, 2016
— Blake Buthod (@bl4kers) January 20, 2016
— Arizona For Sanders (@arizonasanders) January 20, 2016
@PPact Sanders has a 100% rating from your org. Why did you feel the need to endorse anyone if you weren't expecting a quid pro quo?
— YeaYouRite (@YeaYouRite) January 20, 2016
@PPact Want to play a fun game? Create a Twitter poll to ask your followers who they'd choose, Sanders v Clinton. Watch it be 80-20 Sanders.
— Alex Berish (@AlexBerish) January 20, 2016
— ALD9119 (@ALD9119) January 20, 2016
Some Twitter users defended Planned Parenthood.
— Casey Black (@CaseyBl80081900) January 20, 2016
— Grace Laine (@TAW3333) January 20, 2016
The Human Rights Campaign also defended their endorsement of Clinton on Twitter:
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) January 20, 2016