Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Drops Tommy Chong as Intro Speaker Hours Before L.A. Rally – Hollywood Reporter

Source: Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Drops Tommy Chong as Intro Speaker Hours Before L.A. Rally – Hollywood Reporter

Tommy Chong is in disbelief after he was disinvited by the Bernie Sanders campaign from introducing the presidential hopeful hours before a rally in East Los Angeles.

The iconic comic actor and outspoken marijuana advocate tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Sanders campaign was happy to have his endorsement months back, but when it came time for the two men to appear in public together, someone got “cold feet,” he says.

“It’s lip service to get the votes, but they don’t want to endorse what I stand for and what I’ve stood for all my professional career,” Chong said right after he was uninvited to the rally. “It was an insult.”

In a email to THR, a Sanders spokesman said, “We appreciate his support but a scheduling issue came up.”

Chong, who was invited on Sunday to Sanders’ noon rally in Lincoln Park, says he is sure the campaign put distance between himself and Sanders over the marijuana issue, calling the move a “weakness” by the Sanders’ camp. He joked that his hair and makeup were done for nothing.

Chong says he already did a radio interview early Monday morning talking about how excited he was to introduce his candidate.

“Now I’m going to look like a fool, like one of those guys who starts bragging about something that isn’t true,” he tells THR. “And I don’t like that because my endorsement means a lot because of what I have gone through and what the whole [marijuana] culture has gone through.”

In January, Chong released his endorsement video, made by the Grassroots Community, in which he praised Sanders’ positions on numerous issues, including the legalization of marijuana.

Chong later sent out an additional tweet about the situation.

Hope to continue my support, reschedule, and continue activism, political change and promoting peace anywhere possible.

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An outbreak of an enterovirus that can cause severe illness has already affected 60 children in Catalonia, according to the most recent figures released by the regional health department. Of these, 29 were hospitalized after suffering a form of encephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain stem and cerebellum. Health authorities said most of the children are recovering well, although two remain in a serious condition. Similar outbreaks have been reported in Bulgaria, the United States and several Asian countries, but this is the first time Spain has experienced so many cases at the same time. It’s behaving differently from what we usually see, and it is hard to know what to expect CARLES RODRIGO, VALL D’HEBRON HOSPITAL CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS

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#In the shadows of Men

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I worked in the years of my marriage to draw a family painting with lines I drew in articulate details and attention until I started seeing it hanging infront of me professionally adding to my life an ascetic sense of beauty like valuable belongings and collectibles that are followed by fans and interested mobs.

I was like a Sufi, modest from what fills the eyes of people, reflecting on manifestations that add to life a different meaning I was trying to reach. I was trying to reach without a religious fight or an ideological one. A state of escape forms the reality that our mind confronts us with when it starts questioning the absolute givens. And in order not to fall in the hollowness of atheism from top of belief. We choose with full consciousness from somewhere in our minds a place for manipulation or maneuvering to another way, less…

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Step Lightly

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

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Step lightly, be careful not to break the shell

I wouldn’t want to crush your feelings

All is not well that doesn’t end well

Emotions are often sent reeling

Speak softly, never rough nor crude

Quiet, calming, the words must be

Or, surely, I’ll be considered rude

And you’ll go running for sympathy

Wait, before you spew more slander

Exactly what is it that we don’t agree?

Stop wasting time on pure propaganda

Perhaps the problem isn’t really me…..

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