Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks America is built on a foundation of racism, and he’s the man to fix it.
Speaking at the conservative Christian college Liberty University on Monday, Sanders told the students assembled that he could heal racism in the country.
“I believe that every person in this room today understands that it is unacceptable to judge people, to discriminate against people on the based on the color of their skin,” he said.
“The truth is, that a nation which in many ways was created, and I’m sorry to have to say this, from way back on racist principles, that’s a fact. We have come a long way as a nation,” the socialist senator added.
Sanders also took the occasion to do what Democrats have been doing for the entire election season, painting the police as racists out to get black people.
“Let us be clear, that when you have unarmed African-Americans shot by police officers, something which has been going on for years, that is also institutional racism and cries out for reform,” he said.
David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vice president for spiritual development and moderator for Sanders’ event, said he agreed, but sees the issue as a sin problem more than a skin problem.
“We would say, and I think I speak for many of our students, that it’s not so much a skin issue as much as it is a sin issue,” he said. “That we can change the behavior of police, we could put cameras on them all day long, but behavior modification can only stop so short as identity change. I think we want what you want.”
Social media was equally critical.
@TPM You DO realize something is not a fact just because you say, "That's a fact?"
— Mary Elaine Batt (@elainebatt3) September 15, 2015
@TPM Screw you Bernie. Pandering for votes amongst the America haters.
— Johnson Brian (@BikeSwimRun26) September 15, 2015
@TPM Lord knows, there's NOTHING more 'racist' than "All Men Are Created Equal" and "No Taxation Without Representation."
— TocksNedlog (@gypsyluc) September 15, 2015
@TPM The more you open your mouth the more you expose your communist agenda!
— Carl Bishop (@Sigmaster40) September 15, 2015
@nytpolitics @nytimes Sanders neglected to note that it was WHITE REPUBLICAN MEN that ended slavery.
— luke abrams (@LukeBuf) September 15, 2015
Is Sanders running on a platform that white privileged males — like him — shouldn't be president? @SenSanders @nytpolitics @nytimes
— David Knight (@libertytarian) September 15, 2015
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