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Bernie Sanders accuses Eric Swalwell of 'ageism' for his 'pass the torch' remarks



Sen. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif, of "ageism" for his swipe at the seasoned presidential candidates to "pass the torch" to a younger generation of leaders.

The 38-year- old congressman scored a memorable moment from Thursday's Democratic Primary Debate when he took aim at former President Joe Biden by using the 76-year-old frontrunner's own rhetoric against him.

"I was six years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said 'It's time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans.' That's what Senator Joe Biden said, "Swalwell said." Joe Biden was right 32 years ago, and he's still right today. "[

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Following the debate, Sanders was asked about the "generational argumen by Swalwell.

"I think that's kind of ageism to tell you the truth," Sanders responded. "And I think we are trying to do all these things in this country against women, against minorities, against the LGBT community, and I think ageism as well."

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He continued, "It does not matter if you're old, you're young, you're black, you're white, woman, man, you

Sanders later insisted it's "not right" to criticize candidates for being "too young" and that everyone should be judged by the "totality" of who they are.


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