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Bernie Sanders: ‘Beyond My Comprehension’ Why White House Won’t Just Apologize for McCain Comment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted White House staffer Kelly Sadler Sunday for what he called a “crude and stupid” joke about Sen. John McCain with whom he’s worked for more than ten years.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sanders said he couldn’t understand why no apology has been issued.

“It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful of an American hero,” he said. “It is another thing for them not to apologize.”

Sanders said it was “beyond my comprehension,” adding that the administration’s failure to rectify the situation has left him completely flummoxed.

“I just don’t know what goes on in that White House mentality for there not being an apology for that terrible remark,” he told Tapper.

Tapper noted Sanders has had a long history in Congress with McCain, even hugging McCain on the floor of the Senate when he returned from a round of cancer treatment in Arizona.

“I have known John McCain for many years, and obviously he and I have strong differences of opinion, although we did work together on a major veterans bill,” Sanders said of his relationship with the senator. “And I personally like John very, very much. He is very well-respected in the Senate, and in the country.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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