Bernie Sanders says white people who “aren’t necessarily racist” felt uncomfortable voting for Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams and Black Twitter is not pleased

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist campaign event on November 4, 2018 in Montpelier, Vermont. Hallquist made history in August after winning the Democratic nomination, becoming the first openly transgender person nominated by a major party in a governor’s race. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)


During the 2016 primaries, Bernie Sanders got a lot of support from the Black community in his unsuccessful bid to beat Hillary Clinton and become the Democratic nominee for president, but he has yet again chipped away at that loyalty with his latest racially clueless statement.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Sanders classified obviously racist behavior as not “necessarily racist.” Sanders made the comment in reference to the lack of white support for Andrew Gillum‘s effort to become Florida’s first Black governor and Stacey Abrams‘ still on-going attempt to become the first Black female governor in the U.S.

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

Actually Bernie, feeling “uncomfortable” about voting for someone because of race is racist and in these particular instances that “uncomfortable feeling” translated into the action of voting for the less melanated option. That is racism in action.

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Sanders seemed rather clueless in that interview, but Black Twitter was more than happy to let “Uncle Bernie” know exactly where he went wrong.



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Sanders read the criticism and responded on Twitter. He reiterated that Gillum and Abrams’ opponents Ron DeSantis  and Brian Kemp ran racist campaigns, but Sanders did not directly address the the issue of referring to racist behavior by voters as “not necessarily racist.” The only thing Sanders made clear is that he still doesn’t get it.