Sanders does not condemn Rosario Dawson for Monica Lewinsky comments

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On Sunday, Bernie Sanders didn’t condemn comments by outspoken supporter Rosario Dawson who said she stood with Monica Lewinsky against “bullying tactics” in what appeared to be a dig at the Clinton campaign. “We are literally under attack for not just supporting the other candidate. Now I’m with Monica Lewinsky with this: bullying is bad. She’s actually dedicated her life now to talking about that,” the actress said before introducing Sanders at a rally in Wilmington, Delaware, adding: “And now as a campaign strategy, we are being bullied and somehow that is okay and not being talked about with the richness that it needs to (be).”

When asked by Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether he thought those comments were appropriate, the Vermont senator declined to answer the question and praised Dawson’s commitment to his campaign instead. “Rosario is a great actress and she’s doing a great job for us,” he  told Tapper. “She’s been a passionate fighter to see that we increase the voter turnout, that we fight for racial, economic, environmental justice.” When further pressed on the original question, Sanders said “I have no idea in what context Rosario was talking about her,” before pivoting away from the question: “But I would hope that all of our people would focus on the real issues facing working people and the massive level of wealth and income inequality.”

While the Clinton campaign chose not to address Dawson’s comments, the campaign’s press secretary Nick Merrill made his disapproval clear, saying “you could ask the Sanders campaign why they encourage this vitriol in the vicinity of their candidate by staying silent.”

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