Who exactly does Bernie Sanders consider a “Democratic whore”?

At a Bernie Sanders rally in New York City tonight, a speaker on stage just referred to Democrats as “whores.”

The speaker was Dr. Paul Song, a healthcare advocate, and executive chairman of the Courage Campaign, who is married to journalist Lisa Ling. Song has now apologized, after his words blew up the Internet.

MSNBC political reporter Alex Seitz-Wald was there:

Speaker at Bernie Sanders rally: “Please do not believe the bullshit… the status quo sucks.”

Adds that we need to kick out the “corporate Democratic whores” and replace them with “Bernie-crats.”

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UPDATE: The full context is now available. In my opinion, it makes things even worse. While Song says he meant to criticize Congress, Congress is not mentioned at all. Hillary is:

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Song has since apologized:

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Note that Song did not simply use the word “whore,” but they added the word “Democrat.”

There are a few problems here.

1. When you’re opponent is a woman, it’s probably not a good idea to call the people you’re running against “whores.”

2. Throwing in the word “Democratic” before the word “whore” makes things even worse. Some on Twitter are claiming that Sanders’ speaker simply meant “corporate whores.” But that’s not what they said — they said “Democratic whores.” That was meant as a slur against Democrats generally, from someone who isn’t a Democrat, and doesn’t like Democrats.

So the question remains whether Sanders agrees with his speaker at his own rally that Democrats are whores generally, or whether there are specific Democratic whores who Bernie Sanders has a problem with — Congress, President Obama, and/or Hillary Clinton herself?

Which Democratic whores in particular does Bernie Sanders have a problem with?

This is the kind of language that you’d expect a Trump rally, and not at the rally of someone who promised to be better and different, but of late has become nothing more than the same old thing.

UPDATE: The next morning, Bernie Sanders apologized as well. Which is an interesting turn, as up  until now Sanders has refused to take responsibility for his surrogates’ inappropriate comments:

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