It’s official. Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for president — again. It’s going to be a long Democratic Primary.
“I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country. I think he is a pathological liar…,” Sanders said to Vermont Public Radio Tuesday morning. “I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants.”
The 77-year-old also said, “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I mean, I think we have got to try to move us toward a non-discriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”
He added, “I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.”
See his announcement below:
The road to winning the Democratic primary is the Black vote and Sanders has certainly had some hiccups with that demographic in the past. In March of 2016, he said, “When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car.” As we all know, there are plenty of white people who live in poverty.
“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 said.
Of course, for most of us, that equals racist.
A spokesperson for Sanders said the comments were taken out of context and the Senator said, “There’s no question that in Georgia and in Florida racism has reared its ugly head. And you have candidates who ran against Gillum and ran against Stacey Abrams who were racist and were doing everything they could to try to play whites against Blacks. And that is an outrage, and we have got to continue doing everything that we can to fight all forms of racism.”
See the reactions below to Sanders announcing his 2020 run.