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Actor and outspoken marijuana advocate Tommy Chong was deeply hurt when he was dropped at the last minute from introducing Sen. Bernie Sanders during an East Los Angeles rally on Monday, says his daughter.
In a Facebook post, actress Rae Dawn Chong said her father was blindsided when he was uninvited to Sanders’ Democratic presidential primary rally in Lincoln Park.
“My daddy had his heart broken recently because he was disinvited to speak at a Bernie rally,” she wrote. “If you know my pops he is all heart and maybe a bit of ego too. Ohhhh so he is hurting because he has been a huge Bernie guy from the start.”
The actor, best known as half of the iconic pot-smoking comic duo Cheech and Chong, endorsed Sanders back in January, making a video and using social media to express his enthusiasm for his candidate.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter shortly after he was uninvited, Tommy Chong said he was “insulted” and believed the decision was made because of his association with marijuana.
His daughter agreed.
“Apparently the Bernie Sanders campaign feels marijuana is a ‘Gateway Drug’ STILL,” Rae Dawn Chong wrote. “I just hate when my dad is hurt but I am his daughter. Makes me laugh because Bernie isn’t so progressive after all.”
In an email to THR shortly after Chong was notified, a Sanders spokesman said, “We appreciate his support but a scheduling issue came up.”
Read Rae Dawn Chong’s full statement and watch Tommy Chong’s Sanders endorsement below.
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