Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘We Are Fighting Racism,’ Sexism, Homophobia – ‘I Think We Should Also Be Fighting Ageism’

( – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) accused former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley of ageism for calling for a mandatory mental competency test for politicians older than 75. 

As previously reported, Haley made those remarks during her first campaign speech since announcing her candidacy for president.

During an interview on Sunday with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan asked Sanders whether he agrees with Haley’s proposal and whether he takes offense to that.

“What does she mean? I don’t understand what she —” Sanders said, laughing. “Yes. No. No, I think that’s absurd. You know, there’s a level…”

BRENNAN: Absurd?

SANDERS: Yes. We are fighting racism. We’re fighting sexism. We’re fighting homophobia. I think we should also be fighting ageism. Trust people. Look at people, and say, this person is competent, this person is not competent. There are a lot of 40-year-olds out there who ain’t particularly competent. Older people — you look at the individual. I don’t think you make a blanket statement.

BRENNAN: OK. So when it comes to the current president or the former president and their age range, it doesn’t concern you?

SANDERS: Look at what they do, what they believe in. What are they fighting for? What does Donald Trump stand for? Do you believe in that? Well, I certainly don’t. What does Joe Biden stand for? What is he doing? Has he accomplished — look at — look at him in that way, not on age.


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