Bernie Clarifies ‘White Folks’ Remark by Making Matters Worse: Trump, Kemp, DeSantis Ran ‘Racist’ Campaigns

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blamed part of “apparent” losses for both Georgia’s Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams and Florida’s Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum races on “white folks” feeling “uncomfortable” to vote for a black American candidate.

After drawing criticism over his remark that he made in an interview with the Daily Beast, Sanders then tried to clear his name — by calling their opponents’ campaigns “racist.”

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Sanders’ initial remark

“I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American,” Sanders told the Daily Beast.

“I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that,” he added.

Sanders, who endorsed both Gillum and Abrams in the 2018 midterm elections, also praised Abrams’ “brilliant campaign” and called Gillum a “fantastic politician.”

“I think he ran a great campaign. And he had to take on some of the most blatant and ugly racism that we have seen in many, many years. And yet he came within a whisker of winning.”

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Abrams’ opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, who resigned as Georgia Secretary of State on Thursday, currently leads by 1.6 percent — however, the Georgia governor’s race is still undecided.

Republican Ron DeSantis currently leads by a narrow 0.4 percent in Florida, ahead of Gillum in the governor race, to which Gillum has conceded — however, DeSantis is an “apparent” winner as the margins are tightening and they could be looking at a recount.

Listen to part Sanders’ interview below:

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Sanders tries to clarify

Sanders then tried to be “absolutely clear” about his attacks on President Donald Trump, Kemp, and DeSantis’ “racist campaigns.”

“They used racist rhetoric to divide people and advance agendas that would harm the majority of Americans.”

Sanders received more backlash after he tried to clarify his remark:

Florida voters vote for people of different backgrounds

Despite Sanders’ remark that Gillum and Abrams were falling short in their midterm races due to “racist campaigns,” Florida voters have a history opposite to racism, as they’ve previously voted for candidates of different races.

Carlos López-Cantera was sworn in in 2014 as the first Hispanic person to hold the position of lieutenant governor in Florida — the Republican incumbent was defeated in the recent House (FL-26) midterm elections by Democrat candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Jeanette Nuñez made history in the 2018 midterms as she became Florida’s first Latina lieutenant governor — she told NBC News that being chosen for the position is “a huge source of pride for me, for my family, but most importantly for my community.”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the son of Cuban immigrants and was elected as Florida’s senator in 2009, then re-elected in 2016.

When former President Barack Obama was first elected, becoming the first black American president, he won over Florida voters with a 2.5 percent lead, The New York Times reported.

Sanders wasn’t the only one to bring up the topic of race in the midterm elections as the Women’s March attacked white American women, suggesting they needed to be worked on and blamed them for voting GOP — actress Patricia Heaton snapped back at that statement.

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Psst! You are white Comrade Bernie.

So if your theory about the discomfort of white folks is true, please explain Obozo’s primary victory against Hillary in ’08.

Also, your theory then makes blacks racists. Consider the lopsided %age who voted for Obozo (like 90+%).

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Ranting noodnik! Why does lit look like you have halitosis that could stun a dung beetle and oft0-mentioned dandruff. Don’t try crime. Your shed DNA is everywhere you go.

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Hmm. There’s a common theme for explaining failure by Dim candidates. it’s the racists, or the sexists, or whatever. It’s consistent with their “victimization” ideology. Maybe some day they’ll look at themselves and say “We should have run a better candidate or a better platform.” Nah. It’s easier to blame… Read more »

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Mr. Bernie Sanders. Your remark is a lie. In Michigan the man who lost was black. Everyone wanted the white woman to win. It is not about what race, it is all about political affiliation. The white woman was a Democrat and the blackman was a Republican. Our new governor… Read more »

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Why is it that every time someone disagrees with another person regardless of political persuasion, race, creed, or gender the response is called “racist”? Have we not grown up as a nation?

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