Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sanders, Clinton and Cruz Comment on Missouri Democratic Filibuster

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Bernie Sanders threw his support behind a 39-hour Democratic filibuster. - VIA FLICKR
  • via Flickr
  • Bernie Sanders threw his support behind a 39-hour Democratic filibuster.
Missouri Democrats' heroic-yet-doomed filibuster to halt anti-LGBT legislation captured national attention this week. Although the filibuster was defeated, the minority caucus' attempts to scuttle a bill seeking a constitutional amendment legalizing discrimination against same-sex couples drew ire from conservatives and waves of support from local corporations and civic institutions — not to mention a shout-out from irrepressibly fabulous Bravo talk-show host Andy Cohen.

But with Missouri's March 15 presidential primary just around the corner, it was inevitable that the candidates would weigh-in via Twitter on the ideological slugfest. 

See also: The Missouri Democratic Senate Filibuster Was Totally Epic

Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign struck first with a tweet that  managed to echo his populist appeal, while amplifying the outrage of Maria Chappelle-Nadal, one of the Democratic senators leading the filibuster. 
About an hour later, Hillary Clinton's campaign tweeted support for the filibuster as well. (Note that the tweet is signed with an "-H," indicating that Clinton wrote the tweet herself.)
Not to be outdone by the humanistic decency of his rivals, Republican Ted Cruz — who has somehow vaulted from face-punchable booger-eater to his party's last and best hope for opposing Donald Trump — made a direct plea to religious Missouri voters. 

So, basically, if we vote for Cruz, all state-level filibusters will be crushed with an iron fist. Or something.

And what of the Drumpf? Although the actual, real-life, stop-pinching-yourself-this-is-not-a-sick-joke presumptive Republican presidential nominee is speaking in St. Louis tomorrow, Donald Trump has so far made no direct mention of the filibuster. 

However, Trump did take time during his rambling victory speech/infomercial following his Tuesday primary victories to tout his credentials as a "good Christian." So, you know, take that however you want to, because Trump probably doesn't give a shit either way. 

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_ Towski. E-mail the author at

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation