#BoobsforBernie Mom Receives Death Threats for Breastfeeding at Sanders Rally

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#BoobsforBernie Mom Receives Death Threats for Breastfeeding at Sanders Rally

A photo of Margaret Ellen Bradford nursing her daughter in public went viral and the backlash was filled with hate.

Published March 7, 2016

Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, applauded a young mother for breastfeeding her baby during his recent rally in Berea, Ohio, but not all were cheering.

Margaret Ellen Bradford felt the burn after sharing a photo on Facebook of her nursing her 6-month-old daughter, Harper, in the second row at the event.

“So my boobs went viral today but it’s OK because it was Bernie Sanders,” she wrote on FB. 

Hi Ellen DeGeneres!This past week my daughter and I got to attend a U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' rally. While there,...

Posted by Margaret Ellen Bradford on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The image, captured by a photographer in attendance, went viral and soon after the hate mail and death treats began.

Comments included “telling me my daughter should be taken away or that I’m just an uneducated lowlife hick,” Bradford added.

Still, not all the responses were negative. Sanders’s campaign tweeted their support of Bradford, writing, “As a society, we should never stigmatize women for breastfeeding in public.”

The Ohio breastfeeding advocate and mother of three children all under the age of four is now encouraging other moms to post photos feeding their babies in public with the hashtag #boobsforbernie.

(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Written by Zayda Rivera


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