MSNBC Benches Contributor Who Smeared Bernie Sanders Staffers

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Following MSNBC contributor Dr. Jason Johnson’s inflammatory remarks about supporters and marketing campaign staffers of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the educational has been quickly benched by the community, sources confirmed to The Daily Beast. 

In current months, Johnson—a fixture of the community’s Democratic main evaluation—has drawn appreciable warmth for his relentlessly anti-Sanders commentary on MSNBC, which has additionally come beneath hearth from the left for its skeptical and largely destructive protection of the democratic-socialist senator. 

The MSNBC contributor then took intention on the girls of shade who work for Sanders. “I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you,” Johnson exclaimed.

The comment prompted Sanders’ nationwide press secretary Briahna Joy Gray to retort on Twitter: “I hope we can have political disputes without engaging in open racism and sexism. This misogynoir is disappointing, but not surprising from @DrJasonJohnson.”

Johnson’s over-the-top remarks additionally sparked wider requires MSNBC to fireside him, however the community has not formally responded. 

Johnson’s non permanent sidelining included him not being concerned in protection of final weekend’s Nevada caucuses or the post-game protection of Tuesday night’s South Carolina debate, which aired on CBS. In an e-mail to media retailers hyping its post-debate plans, Johnson’s identify was nowhere to be discovered.

The punishment seems to have additionally price Johnson his likelihood to be on-air through the community’s protection of this previous Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, which Sanders received in a landslide.

Johnson’s absence has been noticeable, as he has grow to be a staple of MSNBC’s Democratic main evaluation roster. Prior to his benching, he made nearly 40 appearances on the community in 2020 alone. 

MSNBC declined to remark for this story.

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