During a CNN town hall event on climate change, Democratic primary presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked about dealing with overpopulation to reduce the impact of Climate Change. His answer was pretty disturbing, and has created a lot of backlash on social media.
Below is the CNN transcript of the question and Bernie Sanders’ answer.
QUESTION: Good evening. Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years. The planet cannot sustain this growth. I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it’s crucial to face. Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?
SANDERS: Well, Martha, the answer is yes. And the answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies and make reproductive decisions.
(APPLAUSE)And the Mexico City agreement, which denies American aid to those organizations around the world that are — that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd. So I think, especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies, and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, it’s something I very, very strongly support.Transcript of CNN Town hall With Sen. Bernie Sanders – February 25, 2019
🗣: There are too many humans on earth— Jack Murphy (@RealJack) September 5, 2019
Bernie Sanders: I agree, we need to fund abortions to the poor, third world countries
WTF DID HE JUST SAY…?👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/A6k94OpQUk
No. He didn’t spin it. He said yes, embraced the terrible premise. He should have denounced it, because it’s disgusting.— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) September 5, 2019
If we lived in a sane world this town hall alone would end every single one of these candidates careers.— Mike (@uzberg_uzbek) September 5, 2019
This is what 7.2 billion people looks like in the Grand Canyon. Breed freely, citizens. pic.twitter.com/kXewlvWeHS— Liberty or Death🇺🇸 (@eaglefartz) September 5, 2019
Bernie Sanders is Thanos confirmed.— caramelized boi (@elliottaj02) September 5, 2019
Would you support Soylent Green to save plants, animals, and the environment???? pic.twitter.com/FfW4gGiNNQ— Nick (@Nichola90563059) September 5, 2019
Maybe a social credit score, so we can decide who gets to keep high-capacity assault children.— EB 🏳️🌈 (@bast553) September 5, 2019
Well socialists do have a history of doing this sort of stuff.. pic.twitter.com/e2m3paKu4k— Zillymonkey (@zillymonkeyman) September 5, 2019
I am not even a meat eater but this extremism is getting out of control: 1. Beto will confiscate guns— sandra lawson (@bbjazzball) September 5, 2019
2. Harris will remove meat from the menu
3. Bernie will use abortion for population control
4. All candidates will raise taxes minimum 70%
5. Biden is so addled………………
Weekend at Bernie’s needs to just hang it up for the sake of America. Please stop talking until after Nov 2020.— CHRIS BENTON (@PAPABEAR_26) September 5, 2019
I’ve heard some people arguing that maybe that’s not what he meant. I have thought about it and listened to the video many times, but the transcript really speaks for itself.
The core of the question verbatim is “Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”
His answer was not the expected, “No, we should not consider things like abortion for population control, but women have the right to choose what they do with their bodies.”
Nor was it “Even though women have reproductive rights, and birth control in America leads the way for the world as an example, we shouldn’t use it as a method of population control or as a fix climate change.”
No he didn’t say any of those things, or anything like it.
He said ” Well, Martha, the answer is yes”.
And then he goes on to explain how America is an example of reproductive rights and talks about the Mexico City agreement.
Bernie is done. pic.twitter.com/3Ex5YbUGdy— The Wolf (@1Memphis_Man) September 5, 2019