Twitter mostly pans Bernie Sanders interview on The Breakfast Club, with one user tweeting he is the “saddest civil rights icon in history,” because he could only cite the March on Washington, Univ. Chicago sit-in and endorsing Jesse Jackson for president in 1988 as civil rights activism.
Sanders touted his civil rights record by citing his participation in the March on Washington and getting arrested after a sit-in to desegregate housing at the University of Chicago, as well as endorsing Rev. Jesse Jackson for president in 1988, as accomplishments. He was likely returning the favor to Jackson, who endorsed him for mayor in 1986.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the white male candidate who thinks he’s done a lot for the black community. He could not name one piece of civil rights legislation or any other bill that benefited the black community that he sponsored, voted for or that passed into law. He said his past legislation benefited African Americans because it “benefited working people.”
You know what Bernie did vote for? The 1994 Crime Bill. That’s the same bill Hillary Clinton was viciously attacked for, though she was the first lady at the time, while he slid right under the criticisms and was not held accountable by the media or many progressive activists for his vote.
Bernie still thinks the nomination was stolen from him, though the only big state he won during the primary season was Michigan. He lost every primary in the South, New York, California and others. He won mostly caucuses. He ran on the Democratic Party platform to raise money and gain media coverage.
Some of Bernie’s supporters were upset with the hosts asking him some half-way tough questions by claiming they favored Sen. Kamala Harris.
Watch Bernie Sanders’ interview on The Breakfast Club: