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Bernie Cuts Off MSNBC Host When She Calls Him Out for His Take on Biden’s Segregationist Comments

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is hoping to take President Donald Trump’s job in November 2020, raised his voice at MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle as she called out his position on the recent controversy involving Joe Biden, who said he had to be civil with segregationists in Congress.

Bernie interrupted Ruhle’s question with a loud, “Okay, m’am. I’m sorry. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. That is — that’s my view.”

Sanders demanded an apology from Biden over the latter’s controversial remarks about a time when Biden said he maintained a “civility” with segregationist senators.

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Here’s a breakdown of the conversation. Check it out — as well as the video right below it.

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Ruhle: “Some are saying, ‘Well, he was applauding or celebrating that.’ That wasn’t what Joe Biden was doing. Joe Biden was trying to make the point that bipartisanship is necessary. He’s done so [by] working with the deplorable of the deplorables — that’s why he gave the example of the segregationists.”

“So why is it that you believe he has to apologize?” she added.

Sanders: “Look, I mean, I think the media makes a bigger deal of it than it is.”

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Ruhle: “So he doesn’t have to apologize?”

Sanders: “Yeah, I do, I do. it’s one thing — look, when you’re in Congress, you work with everybody. I do. I think every member of the Senate, and every member of the House, works with people who have very, very different points of view. But I don’t think you have to be touting personal relations with people who were very brutal segregationists, who did a massive amount of—”

Ruhle: “But, Senator, he wasn’t. He wasn’t touting relations. His point was—”

Sanders: “OK, m’am, I’m sorry. If you disagree with me, that’s fine. That is — that’s my view.”

The controversy arose this week after Biden, at a campaign event in New York City on Tuesday, described his ability to work with some segregationists in Congress throughout the course of his career, including Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, whom he mentioned by name.

After that, some called for him to apologize — but he’s rebuffed that.

“Not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career,” he also said. “Period. Period. Period.”

“Apologize for what?” Biden said to reporters on Wednesday night.

“Not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career,” he also said. “Period. Period. Period.”

Eastland and Talmadge were two long-term Senate members when Biden arrived in the chamber in 1973 — and they strongly opposed any efforts at desegregation, as Fox News also noted.

A version of this piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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