Sen. Bernie Sanders got himself a heap of backlash. In an interview with The Daily Beast in which he was referencing Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Sanders said, “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.”
Now he is trying to explain himself.
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NPR reports, “Sanders’ spokesman insists those remarks were taken out of context.” Sanders also told NPR, “Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum ran brilliant campaigns. Created enormous excitement at the grassroots level, and were running in states that are tough states for Democrats.” He also 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.”
Nonetheless, Twitter was not feeling Sanders’ comments. See the reactions below: