Baier Asks Sanders to Explain White Poverty Comment
During a special Fox News Democratic town hall in Detroit tonight, Bernie Sanders clarified a controversial statement about white poverty he made at last night's debate in Flint.
"When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto," he said last night. "You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car."
Sanders said today that no candidate in this race has talked more about poverty than he has, and that last night he was speaking about the "desperation" of black American communities.
"In African American communities you have people who are living in desperation, often being abused by white police officers. That is a bad thing...I’m fighting to reform a broken criminal justice system.”
But Sanders said he also knows about white poverty, which exists in his home state of Vermont and all over the country.
“In the richest country in the history of the world, we have more income and wealth inequality than any other country.”
Watch the clip above and highlights from the town hall below.