- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tommy Chong said he was insulted after the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders disinvited him to speak just hours before a rally Sunday in East Los Angeles.

The “Cheech & Chong” actor and outspoken marijuana activist told The Hollywood Reporter that the Sanders campaign was happy to have his endorsement earlier this year, but got “cold feet” when it came time to fully embrace his pro-legalization stance.

“It’s lip service to get the votes, but they don’t want to endorse what I stand for and what I’ve stood for all my professional career,” Mr. Chong said. “It was an insult.”

In a email to THR, a Sanders spokesman said, “We appreciate his support but a scheduling issue came up.”

Mr. Chong said he’s especially embarrassed because he already did a radio interview early Monday morning talking about his upcoming appearance with Mr. Sanders.

“Now I’m going to look like a fool, like one of those guys who starts bragging about something that isn’t true,” he told THR. “And I don’t like that because my endorsement means a lot because of what I have gone through and what the whole [marijuana] culture has gone through.”

Mr. Chong took to Twitter Monday afternoon to address the apparent snub.

“Unfortunately after months of support and endorsement videos, I have to report that @BernieSanders pulled away his invite to me,” he tweeted, adding that there was a “scheduling conflict.”

“Hope to continue my support, reschedule, and continue activism, political change and promoting peace anywhere possible,” he wrote.

In January, Mr. Chong released an endorsement video for Mr. Sanders, made by the Grassroots Community, THR reported.

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