Bernie flounders when he fails to impress ‘woman of color’ audience; met with audible groans and boos

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Sen. Bernie Sanders seemed to be having a hard time convincing an audience of his commitment to minority and underprivileged communities.

The millionaire 2020 presidential contender struggled with a contentious audience at the She The People Forum on Wednesday, dealing with hecklers as he attempted to reach voters who once turned out for former President Barack Obama.

The Vermont senator faced jeers, boos and more than a little hostility as he spoke at the Houston event devoted to women of color, even nearly wagging a finger at critics who shouted out when he launched into a familiar anecdote.

Sanders’ response to a question from host Aimee Allison about what he would do to fight white-supremacist violence made for an awkward and tense moment at the Texas Southern University event which described itself as “the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused on women of color.”

“I know I date myself a little bit here, but I actually was at the March on Washington with Dr. [Martin Luther] King back in 1963,” the 77-year-old candidate began.

But he was met with audible groaning from the audience with one person apparently shouting, “We know!” Sanders held up his hand to quiet the crowd which seemed tired of hearing his predictable responses.

“And, as somebody who actively supported Jesse Jackson’s campaign, as one of the few white elected officials to do so in ’88, I have dedicated my life to the fight against racism, and sexism, and discrimination of all forms,” he added.

Another audience question about white supremacy was met with the senator’s explanation of immigration and the federal minimum wage. He went on to discuss his “Medicare for All” proposal but was reminded by Allison about the “core of the question,” prompting applause from the audience.

Sanders slammed President Donald Trump as “the most dangerous president” in modern history, and went on to rally Democrats to be united as he touted “social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice.” But rather than get the approval he was after, he was criticized again for deflecting on the original question from co-host Joy Reid about how he would win over Hillary Clinton voters, particularly black women.

“Yeah, and for black women specifically?” Reid pressed after his rant.

“I’m sorry?” Sanders replied as the audience expressed their disapproval.

“For black women specifically,” Reid repeated.

“Black women will be an integral part of what our campaign, and what our administration is about. Okay? And that means –” Sanders responded but eventually threw up his arms with an “okay” after the crowd heckled him again.

“Were you finished with your –,” Allison interjected after the noise died down.

“Yeah,” Sanders answered.

The former 2016 presidential candidate wasn’t the only one to face some heat during the event which featured other 2020 Democratic contenders, including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard and Amy Klobuchar.

But the standard answers from Sanders, as well as his avoidance of answers, was called out on social media as well.


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