Dipto Islam, Feb 22, 2016
"I look at the individuals that are offering this. Is there any shocking doubt, the same people that would vote to cut defense $177 billion, the same ones that would put homos in the military, the same ones that would not fund BRAC, the same ones that would not clean up --"
At that point, Bernie Sanders interrupted Cunningham.
"Mr. Chairman," said then-Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
An angry Cunningham barked "Sit down, you socialist!"
Sanders didn't sit down. Instead, he came after the conservative after crossing some procedural hurdles.
"My ears may have been playing a trick on me, but I thought I heard the gentleman a moment ago say something quote unquote about homos in the military," Sanders said. "Was I right in hearing that expression?"
"Absolutely," Cunningham responded. "Putting homosexuals in the military."
"Was the gentleman referring to the thousands and thousands of gay people who have put their lives on the line in countless wars defending this country? Was that the groups of people that the gentleman was referring to?"
"You have insulted thousands of men and women who have put their lives on the line," Sanders continued. "I think they are owed an apology."
Watch the exchange in the video below:
In 2006, Cunningham was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after being convicted of taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.
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