Bernie Sanders Struggles to Get Through Presidential Forum Full of Boos and Heckles from the Audience

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2020 Democratic presidential primary hopeful and independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) did not seem to win over the crowd at a presidential forum for women of color where he struggled to get through the talk amidst people in the audience booing and heckling him.

While speaking at the She the People presidential forum in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, Sanders was asked by host Joy Reid how he would win over Clinton voters.

Sanders responded to the question by saying that he and his campaign were “working really hard” to secure the Democratic presidential nomination and calling for the Democratic party to be “united.”

“This is no time for petty divisiveness. This is a time to stand together in the fight not only to defeat Trump and his racism, and his sexism, and his homophobia. This is a time for the American people to come together in the fight for economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice.”

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He was then pressed on how he would win over African-American women “specifically.”

The self-described democratic socialist answered by saying that “black women [would] be an integral part” to his campaign as well as his administration.

“Black women will be an integral part of what our campaign, and what our administration is about. Okay? And that means…”

Sanders’ answer was cut off by audience members jeering at him, which appeared to annoy him. The hecklers were stopped by the hosts of the forum, who asked Sanders if he was “finished” with his answer. The senator answered yes.

The Vermont senator was also pressed on how he would combat white supremacy, to which Sanders responded by dodging the question, instead choosing to advocate for his “Medicare-for-All” proposal and raising the minimum wage.

One of the hosts of the event — Aimee Allison — called out Sanders for his attempted dodge, a move that earned her applause from the audience, reminding him that the “core of the question” was regarding white supremacy.

The Vermont senator responded by bringing up his anecdote of marching with King during the civil rights movement, which was met with groans and a “we know!” from the audience.

Sanders: “I know I date myself a little bit here, but I actually was at the March on Washington with Dr. [Martin Luther] King back in 1963.

Audience member: “We know!”

Sanders continued on to say that “as somebody who actively supported Jesse Jackson’s campaign” back in 1998, he “dedicated his life to the fight against racism, and sexism, and discrimination of all forms.”

The event does not look good for Sanders, who is running in a contentious primary against 19 Democratic opponents, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who officially entered the race on Thursday.

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Screwtape
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Bernie’s deflection and pandering were awkward at best.

His old, white, ex-hippie act didn’t sell. At least he didn’t break out a bottle of hot sauce and utter “I ain’t in no ways tired.” as if he were doing a minstrel show.

James
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Tell them what you think they want to hear, Bernie. Not what you know you have no plan of doing IF elected which is not possible.

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