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Bernie Sanders Smacking Down Antigay Slurs In Congress 20 Years Ago Is Worth Revisiting

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 2.42.46 PMIn 1995, one year after the Clinton administration enacted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to address and reenforce the ban on openly gay military servicemen and women, then-representative Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered the following smack-down to then-representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham of California.

It’s worth a re-watch.

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Sanders takes passionate objection to Cunningham’s language — “homos in the military” — and puts himself squarely in the corner of a then-unpopular minority (i.e. us).

“You have insulted thousands of men and women who have put their lives on the line,” Sanders argues.

Watch below: