It looks like Democratic candidate Sander is in for quite a fight. According to a recent news buzz, Bernie Sanders was asked to apologize for his demeaning joke about the Republicans. Furthermore, several mental health associations declared that the candidate’s joke was as distasteful as it was downright cruel.
Bernie Sanders managed to raise some Hell after his debate with Hillary Clinton which took place in Flinch. During his soliloquy, the Democratic president candidate wanted to make a quirky remark about the Republican Party.
Thinking that a joke is in order to defuse the tense situation, Sanders said that once he and his party are elected for presidency, they will divert large amounts of money to the mental health institution.
By itself, it doesn’t sound like a joke, mental health being one of the most important points in the future president’s agenda. But Sanders managed to turn a very serious matter into a ludicrous statement, bordering on vulgarity.
Sanders declared that the mere sight of the Republican Party confirmed his plans. Well, the little indiscretion passed without any incident, with the public laughing and calling Sander a very spiritual fellow.
But, a couple of days later, the Democratic candidate received several letters of complaint from sullen mental health advocates, who accused the candidate’s light-heartedness.
The Ruderman Family Foundation, probably one of the biggest advocates for people suffering from mental issues, was the most indignant at Sander’s burlesque wisecrack.
Furthermore, Jay Ruderman, the president of the Ruderman Family Foundation declared that Sander’s remark was uncalled for and inappropriate. Ruderman also called the candidate in person in order to request an apology in the name of all citizens suffering from mental illnesses.
As far as mental disease is concerned, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that approximately 17 percent of US adults are in optimal mental health, meaning that they can cope with almost any given situation and that they are able to function normally within the society.
However, at this very moment, circa 26 percent of US citizens are struggling with depression and bipolar disorder.
In his closing statement, Ruderman, the president of the mental health advocacy foundation, declared that there are millions of Americans who are trying to cope with one or more mental diseases. Moreover, the president added, that almost 20 percent of American are suffering from mental disabilities, making them one of the largest minorities in the United States.
The president also said that many of these people can vote and that this social stratum deserves more respect from the elected dignitaries.