Sanders retracted his endorsement for Cenk Uygur in a California congressional race on Friday after coming under fire from supporters for backing someone who had made demeaning and controversial comments about women, Muslims and African Americans.
“I hear my supporters who were frustrated and understand their concerns. Cenk today said he is rejecting all endorsements for his campaign and I retract my endorsement,” Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a tweet.
The Vermont senator endorsed Uygur the day before in the special election to replace former California Rep. Katie Hill. Uygur is facing off against at least nine other candidates, four of whom are Democrats. Uygur’s online news and commentary show, “The Young Turks,” has a strong progressive following, and Sanders had originally said the host was “a voice that we desperately need in Congress.”