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Watch Bernie Sanders Publicly Shame Homophobic Republican In 1995 – Video

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A 1995 C-SPAN video shows Bernie Sanders arguing in defense of homosexuals in the military.

More than two decades ago a heated exchange happened on the House floor involving then Representative Bernie Sanders and former Representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) over homosexuals in the military.

The exchange originally aired on C-SPAN in 1995. Cunningham was criticizing Democrats, and in his diatribe he said, “. . . the same ones who would put homos in the military. . .”

It was at that point Democratic Rep. Patricia Schroeder interrupted Cunningham to address the House Chairman. Cunningham barked at her, “Sit down you socialist!”

Just after the two minute mark, Bernie Sanders took the floor and verbally smacked the Republican blowhard down for being a homophobic bigot, saying, “Was the gentleman referring to the many thousands and thousands of gay people who’ve put their lives on the line in countless wars defending this country? Was that [the] group of people the gentleman was referring to?”

The two men continued to argue, and you can watch the battle on the video below.

In November of 2005, Cunningham resigned from the House after pleading guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes as well as under-reporting his 2004 income. He also pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, tax evasion, and wire fraud. He was forced to pay $1.8 million in restitution and was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

In contrast, Bernie Sanders has enjoyed a distinguished career in public service and is now running for the highest office in the land.

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