Three times in the past month, digital editor Carmen Rios of feminist magazine Ms. has openly wished for the death of Senator Bernie Sanders, who in 2016 became the first Jewish presidential candidate to ever win a primary of a major party in the US.
"Rejoice, for one day Bernie Sanders will... die," proclaimed Rios, who is COO and managing editor of Argot, which describes itself as a publication that "aspire[s] to be a safe space that
centers the feminine narrative -- especially the experiences of those at
the margins -- and to foster community."
In reference to the daughter of former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, against whom Sanders sought the Democratic nomination last year, Rios vowed to "write in Chelsea Clinton 'til Bernie dies."
The brazenly misandrist Rios, who is a contributing writer at Everyday Feminism, additionally promised to "build a monument for all the women who were right" and to "erect it on top of Bernie Sanders's grave."
That statement came within three months of the desecration of several Jewish cemeteries in the US. On multiple occasions when Sanders has reaffirmed his Jewish identity, he noted his father's family was murdered in the Holocaust. As Sanders attempted to become the first Jewish chief executive of this country, he was the subject of numerous anti-Semitic attacks by supporters of Clinton.
Gloria Steinem, who co-founded Ms., declared Sanders "an honorary woman" as she campaigned for his re-election to the House of Representatives in 1996 against a female Republican. In his bid for the White House, Sanders offered stronger support for reproductive freedom than Clinton did.
Writer and broadcaster Katie Halper asked Steinem and Ms. to address Rios's remarks. This entry will be updated if there is a public response to Halper's request.