Bernie Sanders faces progressive backlash over State of the Union response

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., finds himself in another controversy involving race and gender over his rebuttal Tuesday night to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

On Twitter and other social media, as well as some publications, Sanders came under fire for a move seen as competing with Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who was chosen by the Democrats to respond to the president’s speech.

The Root, an Afrocentric progressive online magazine, ran a headline reading, “Hey, Bernie Sanders Can You STFU After the SOTU and Let Stacey Abrams Shine?”

Abrams was the first African American woman to give the official opposition State of the Union rebuttal.

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