Bernie Sanders’ mental health comment backfires.
Some mental health patients were not pleased with what they heard during Sunday night’s Democratic debate.
Presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off in Flint, Michigan. Toward the end of the debate, after Clinton made some negative comments about the GOP, Sanders followed her comments with some of his own.
Per The Washington Post:
“You know, we are, if elected president, going to invest a lot of money into mental health,” Sanders said. “And when you watch these Republican debates, you know why we need to invest in that.”
However, Sanders took some heat on Twitter for his joke about the Republican Party.
Bernie Sanders sure used a lot of ablest language shaming mental health in last night's debate.
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) March 7, 2016
— Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) March 7, 2016
My mental health is not a joke. It does not make me a racist, judgmental, sexist person. That was a despicable comment.
— Annie Kehler (@annie_kehler) March 7, 2016
Am I the only who feels uncomfortable about Bernie's mental health dig?
— Molly Shah (@MollyOShah) March 7, 2016
Mental Illness is no joke. The truth is Democrats better fund Mental Health than do the Republicans. That was Bernie's ill-expressed mssg.
— Regina M. Cashman (@addcoach1) March 7, 2016
— SR (@srayyyyy) March 7, 2016
Kinda upset w Bernie about the mental health/GOP debate joke. Mental stigma is already so bad, pls don't compare my disability to the GOP
— radel (@radelhuley) March 7, 2016
Sanders’ intention was clearly not to insult those suffering from mental illnesses. Even so, some took it negatively and thought it was insensitive.
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, about 43.8 million of Americans suffer from mental illness in a given year.