During a campaign event Tuesday evening, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders experienced “chest discomfort.” Doctors found a blockage in his artery.
Politico reported Sanders underwent emergency surgery to insert two stents.
“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits,” Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement. “He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”
Many of Sanders’ fellow 2020 candidates are tweeting their support:
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) October 2, 2019
Thinking of @BernieSanders today and wishing him a speedy recovery. If there's one thing I know about him, he's a fighter and I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail soon.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2019
We want to send our best wishes for a quick recovery to @BernieSanders today. Our whole team has you in their thoughts.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 2, 2019
Oh no. Stay strong Bernie. 🙏🇺🇸 https://t.co/wc7dzM8Yfv
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) October 2, 2019
Sanders is 78 years old, but the mainstream media often neglects to highlight his age, instead focusing on the front-runner Joe Biden, even though Biden is two years younger than Sanders.
Sanders’ emergency stent surgery is his second health problem of the year. Fox News reported in May that Sanders received seven stitches after hitting his head on a shower door.
With two health issues in the year, Sanders’ health and suitability for office should stand in question.
Sanders was set to take the stage tonight for MSNBC’s Gun Safety Forum, but it is unlikely he will be in attendance.