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Bernie Sanders: Obama Getting 10 Percent Of The White Vote In Mississippi Speaks To The ‘Bad Work’ By Democrats

NEWTON, IOWA - JANUARY 11: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Berg Middle School on January 11, 2020 in Newton, Iowa. A recent poll has Sanders with a narrow lead in the state ahead of the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses being held on February 3. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was expected to campaign with Sanders at the event but was not able to attend because of weather. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders: Obama Getting 10 Percent Of The White Vote In Mississippi Speaks To The ‘Bad Work’ By Democrats

The Democratic presidential hopeful is getting backlash from social media.

PUBLISHED ON : JANUARY 18, 2020 / 06:00 PM

Written by Paul Meara

A clip of Bernie Sanders recently surfaced on Twitter and shows the Vermont senator giving his thoughts about Barack Obama and his inability to receive more than 10 percent of the white vote in Mississippi, a state that still harbors the Confederate stars and bars on its state flag. 

“Barack Obama won 10 percent of the white vote in Mississippi,” he says in the video in front of a small audience. “That speaks to very bad work done by Democrats there. Ninety percent of white people in Mississippi are not racist.”

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    The clip has since garnered much interaction on the social media app, particularly from people who do claim a majority of the state is racist.

  2. While the first percentage he rolls out may be factual, the assertion that a Black man running for president can shift the mentality of racist white people is off, to say the least. It also may be true that 90 percent of the state isn’t racist, however almost 58 percent of Mississippi voters did pull the lever for Donald Trump and the 40 percent that went for Clinton aren’t simply absolved of being racist.

    Bernie Sanders previously received criticism in 2018 for comments he made in Mississippi when he referred to Barack Obama as a “charismatic individual” and a “brilliant guy,” seemingly patronizing the 44th president while labeling the Democratic party’s “business model” a “failure.”

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