‘Cash payouts?’ Bernie clobbered by the left for rare common-sensed response to reparations question

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is just a few short weeks into his 2020 presidential campaign and has already angered some in the social justice community.

While he continues to champion some of his better-known liberal causes, like free college, climate change, “Medicare for all” and a $15-an-hour minimum wage, the Vermont lawmaker apparently draws the line at giving out cash based on skin color.

During a radio interview with Charlamagne Tha God on Monday, Sanders was asked about supporting reparations for African-Americans.

“What do we mean by reparations?” he asked. “To my mind, it means we have to deal with the fact that there is enormous disparity between the black community and the white community. And that issue has got to be addressed.”

“I think they mean some type of economic empowerment to the African-American community,” Charlamagne explained.

“What does that mean, economic empowerment?” the senator asked. “I would do my best to change the banking system so that we pay attention to distressed communities that people get the loans that they need, to make the investments they need.”

“Cash payouts?” the radio host asked.

“No,” Sanders replied.

“You mean just a check to every African-American?” he asked, attempting to clarify. “Well then there’s a check to every Native American … I think the way we go forward is we build America. There are distressed communities — white communities — distressed Latino communities.”

That was apparently not the answer many were hoping for and Twitter users scorched the Independent 2020 candidate for his stand on the issue.

The interview and the issue sparked much reaction on twitter as many debated whether the idea was even possible.

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