Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming under fire from the Clinton campaign and much of the liberal base for referring to Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider, as an “establishment” organization.
Sanders, in full, stated during an interview Wednesday:
“What we are doing in this campaign, it just blows my mind every day because I see it clearly, we’re taking on not only Wall Street and economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment. … So, I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund and Planned Parenthood. But, you know what? Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time. Some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.”
The abortion organization, which for the first time in its 100 year history made a primary endorsement this month for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, shot back by saying, “It’s a little ridiculous to call an organization Congress and Republican presidential candidates have spent six months attacking ‘establishment.’”
The “attacking” that Planned Parenthood Action Fund executive vice president Dawn Laguens spoke of is in reference to on-going investigations over Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted baby parts.
The Clinton campaign, too, rebuked the Vermont Senator’s comments. Former President Bill Clinton himself told an audience:
“If you elect Hillary president, it will be a great day when you stop her from defunding Planned Parenthood. Hillary Clinton does not consider Planned Parenthood a member of the establishment.”
The Clinton campaign’s comments are meant to undermine the Democratic Party’s underdog candidate’s status as an outsider, and to frame organizations like Planned Parenthood as insurgent. This is despite Planned Parenthood’s status as by far being the largest abortion business in the country, which is also increasing its number of abortion clinics.
Both Sanders and Clinton have 100-percent pro-abortion voting records from the pro-abortion group NARAL, which advocates for abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.