Feminists tear into Women's March for having Sanders headline convention

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Numerous women taking part in that event wore t-shirts or held signs making reference to the 2016 presidential race won by Trump over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy's profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, who at one point was called a "nasty woman" by her GOP opponent.

The same group who organized the women's march after President Trump was elected is having a women's convention. There are plenty women in politics who could talk at the convention.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the "Medicare for All Act of 2017" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2017.

When the Women's Convention kicks off in Detroit later this month, it will be Bernie Sanders - the 76-year-old male senator from Vermont - who will take center stage to deliver the keynote address.

"I'm honored to join the women at the front lines of our struggle for economic, social, racial and environmental justice", said Sanders in a statement reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, D.C., on January 21.

The Women's Convention will begin October 27 in Detroit and will last three days.

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But the news provoked some negative reactions on social media.

Women and supporters of the Women's Convention are not pleased, better yet angry, at the decision to hire Bernie to speak.

"I don't know what's dumber: people thinking the #WomensConvention can afford Hillary or Beyoncé or that they think it's a moneymaking scheme", one user tweeted.

"Detroit is a attractive city, full of historical and political significance, and a multitude of lived experiences - a ideal setting for women, femmes and our allies seeking to strengthen our growing, intersectional movement", the organizer's wrote on its website. Sanders denied that his comments were sexist. Clinton defeated Sanders in a tough primary to become her party's nominee. "It got ugly and more than a little sexist", wrote Clinton.

As the firestorm over Senator Sanders continued spreading on social media throughout the afternoon, the Women's Convention put out a statement on its Instagram page, suggesting that the organizers' hand was forced, in part, by scheduling conflicts.

Tamika Mallory, a Women's March cofounder, told the Detroit Free Press in an interview that Sanders "the right choice to be a headliner for the first national Women's Convention in 40 years".

"People want to hear from the leadership from within our government who can give us some insight about what's happening.so we can know what we need to do to be able to organize", said Mallory.

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