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Bernie Sanders: White voters ‘uncomfortable’ with black politicians

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders argued that white voters “uncomfortable”
    with casting their ballots for a black candidate are in part to
    blame for Democratic losses in Florida and Georgia’s
    gubernatorial races. 
  • Sanders claimed these white voters were “not necessarily
    racist,” a comment that was met with swift opposition online.
  • But others have pointed out that black candidates also saw
    success in uphill races in overwhelmingly white districts around
    the country. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, argued that white
voters “uncomfortable” with casting their ballots for a black
candidate are in part to blame for Democratic losses in Florida
and Georgia’s gubernatorial races. 

“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,” Sanders
told The Daily Beast
in a Thursday interview. 

Sanders endorsed and campaigned with both Tallahassee
mayor
Andrew Gillum — 
who conceded to Rep. Ron DeSantis in the
Florida gubernatorial race — and Stacey Abrams, the Georgia
Democrat who might proceed to a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp
in that state’s governor’s race. And t

he senator
argued that their tight races are a testament to the appeal of
boldly progressive policies like Medicare for All and raising the
minimum wage. 

But he added that both Gillum and Abrams faced high-profile
racist attacks during their campaigns. 

Indeed, just days into the general election campaign,
DeSantis called Gillum an “articulate spokesman” for the
Democratic Party and warned that the state would “monkey up” its
economy by putting a “socialist” in office — comments some
interpreted as racist. Gillum and Abrams were also targeted
by white supremacist
robocalls
.

“I think he’s a fantastic politician in the best sense of
the word,” Sanders said of Gillum. “He stuck to his guns in terms
of a progressive agenda. I think he ran a great campaign. And he
had to take on some of the most blatant and ugly racism that we
have seen in many, many years. And yet he came within a whisker
of winning.”

But other Democrats pointed out that several black
candidates were successful on Tuesday in uphill battles in red
and purple districts. Some of those candidates include Lauren
Underwood, who won in an overwhelmingly white Illinois district;
Lucy McBath, who beat a GOP incumbent in Georgia; Antonio
Delgado, who prevailed despite racist attacks in upstate New
York; and Collin Allred, a lawyer and former NFL star who won in
the Dallas suburbs. 

Sanders’ contention that the white voters he referred to were
“not necessarily racist” was met swift opposition online.

“Bernie Sanders nor Elizabeth Warren have demonstrated a capacity
to talk about race and racism honestly or thoughtfully,” author
Michael Arceneaux tweeted — apparently referring to
Warren’s controversial decision
to use a DNA test to support
her claims to Native American ancestry. “Might want to learn how
to finally if you aim to run against an audacious white
supremacist.”

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