WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bernie Sanders had some choice words for Washington on Wednesday. The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate sharply criticized the nation’s capital over what he called a “distinct” lack of diversity. “You walk around Washington, D.C. and what’s the first thing you notice?” Sanders asked, continuing, “They don’t have a single Jewish deli within walking distance of the White House.”
To make matters worse, Senator Sanders said that according to Google Maps, the closest deli, DGS Delicatessen, is purportedly a fifteen minute walk from the White House. “But they don’t take into account the amount of time you spend at the cross walk waiting for a walk signal or – god forbid – they have construction and the sidewalk’s closed and you have to find another route.”
Sanders said if elected, he plans to introduce legislation that would allow a Jewish deli to occupy the space currently leased to Old Ebbitt Grill. Often referred to as D.C.’s “oldest dining salon,” Old Ebbitt Grill is situated on 15th Street just a stone’s throw from the White House.
“In Manhattan you can toss a bottle out your car window and hit at least five Jewish delis before the bottle breaks,” Sanders said before adding he doesn’t condone littering. “The point is: you have four eateries within a two-minute walk from the White House and not one of them caters to the Jewish community. It’s appalling that in 2016 we still have to trek halfway across town for a decent pastrami sandwich.”
On Tuesday, the Brooklyn native lost his home state’s Democratic primary to his rival, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ loss in New York is being viewed by many as a potentially devastating blow to his campaign. Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton camp, voiced concern that Sanders could end becoming “a Ralph Nader-type” who could inadvertently help Donald Trump win the presidential election by deflecting votes from Mrs. Clinton.