There are certainly no shortage of wild ideas about how best to tackle the issue of climate change, but one democratic candidate for President just dropped a bombshell.
Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist Senator from Vermont, is no stranger to harebrained ideas. In a televised town hall earlier this year, the aging liberal politician suggested that incarcerated felons should have their voting rights restored and, when pressed by television host Chris Cuomo, admitted that even terrorists would be subject to this change.
Many believed that this comment would be the most absurd piece of rhetoric to come from Sanders’ campaign.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told CNN’s climate change town hall attendees Wednesday night that he is willing to talk about population control, suggesting that abortion is key to addressing the climate crisis.
“Human population growth has more than doubled in the last 50 years,” an attendee told Sanders, adding that the planet cannot sustain such 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,” the attendee continued.
Sanders went on to tie the issue into another hot-button topic: Abortion rights.
“Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?” she asked.
“The answer is yes,” Sanders said, arguing that population control – in the form of abortion and birth control, specifically – is something he “very, very strongly” supports.
“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,” Sanders said.
Sanders’ comments came during a marathon, 7-hour climate change town hall on infotainment network CNN.
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