Uh oh.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

When Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Cenk Uygur, the co-founder of left-wing video site The Young Turks and the Platonic ideal of a Bernie Bro, in the packed race to replace former Rep. Katie Hill in Congress, he presumably didn’t expect that the endorsement would be criticized, disavowed, and finally retracted within the course of a single day.

But after Sanders gave his imprimatur to a candidate who once said that his inability to get laid in Miami meant that “the genes of women are flawed” and declared that if he were a benevolent global dictator, he would legalize bestiality, Uygur’s campaign announced that in the face of growing criticism against Sanders, he would refuse all endorsements going forward—and Sanders, in response and under pressure, withdrew his endorsement entirely.

“As I said yesterday, Cenk has been a longtime fighter against the corrupt forces in our politics,” Sanders said in a statement. “However, our movement is bigger than any one person. I hear my grassroots supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns. Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign, and I retract my endorsement.”

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, released minutes before Sanders withdrew his endorsement, Uygur blamed “corporations, lobbyists, and special interest groups” for criticizing Sanders’ endorsement, and said he wouldn’t allow his past comments to hurt Sanders. “That’s why I have decided that I will not be accepting any endorsements… The only endorsements I’ll be accepting going forward is that of the voters.”

Sanders’ endorsement of Uygur was a shock to California Democrats already fearful that Uygur’s long history of ugly comments about women, as well as racial and sexual minority groups—coupled with his strong popularity among the internet left—could thwart their plans to keep California’s 25th congressional district in Democratic hands.

Endorsing Uygur will certainly not help to dispel that whole “Bernie Bros” meme. 

At one point Uygar wanted to be a right wing shock jock and comported himself accordingly. 

I actually stopped posting material from the Young Turks quite a while back simply because I found Cenk Uygar to be an insufferable asshole. 

I did not even know about these comments, but I cannot say I am surprised.