Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticized his Republican colleagues on Tuesday for attacking Planned Parenthood while denouncing what he described as a pointless vote.
“Now is not the time to continue a witch hunt for an organization that provides critical health care services, from reproductive health care to cancer screenings and preventative services to millions of women,” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “No one is forced to seek care at Planned Parenthood. It is a choice — a choice millions of women make freely and proudly.”
The Democratic presidential candidate made mention of the recent attack against a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, noting that the group had already been the subject of “vicious and unsubstantiated statements.” Instead of trying to defund it, he said, he hoped that legislators would move to expand its services.
“It is also my sincere hope that people throughout this country — including my colleagues here in the Senate and across the Capitol in the House — understand that bitter, vitriolic rhetoric can have serious, unintended consequences,” Sanders said.
The senator, who made his remarks a day after undergoing hernia surgery, also denounced the GOP’s efforts to push a bill through that would not only defund Planned Parenthood, but gut the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” knowing that President Barack Obama would probably veto it.
“This is just another reason why the American people have so little respect for the Congress,” Sanders said.
Watch Sanders’ remarks, as aired on C-SPAN on Tuesday, below.
‘Oh, hell no!’: GOP commentator calls BS on Republicans trying to claim they never disrespected Obama
In a Tuesday discussion on MSNBC, pundits responded to the House's resolution to formally condemn President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four congresswomen of color. Host Chris Matthews cited House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who said earlier that Republicans never disrespected former President Barack Obama.
"Oh, hell no!" replied Republican Shermichael Singleton. "They’re not clean, Chris. Excuse my language. This really angers me. I’m a conservative, but there was a huge sense of pride for me to see Barack Obama get elected."
He recalled being in high school and organizing a bus so students could see Obama speak, regardless of the politics.
‘Rob, just stop it!’: Fight breaks out on CNN when Trump surrogate tries to claim Democrats are the real racists
On Tuesday, a panel on CNN's "OutFront" devolved into a shouting match after former New York gubernatorial candidate and Trump surrogate Rob Astorino tried to categorically deny the president's attacks on women of color were racist — and that the Democrats were racist for criticizing him.
"He doesn't say, 'go back where you're originally from,' to someone who looks like you," anchor Erin Burnett pointed out. "Or even someone who looks like me. He says it to four black and brown people."
"You know, he was saying it to four people, four politicians, who have thrown barbs at him, who have been vile in what they said."
Democrat moves to impeach Trump immediately following House condemning president’s racism
Immediately following the House of Representatives voting to condemn racist remarks by President Donald Trump, a Democrat introduced a privileged motion to impeach the president.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) gave an impassioned speech to begin impeachment proceedings for Trump committing high crimes and misdemeanors.
"Therefore, Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States, is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office," he said.