Sanders: Biden Should Apologize To Booker Over Segregation Fight, But Media Making A Bigger Deal Of It Than It Is


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) explains why he believes former Vice President Joe Biden should apologize to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for defending his relationship with segregationist Senators.

STEPHANIE RUHLE, MSNBC ANCHOR: Senator, you have joined Cory Booker in the last 24 hours calling on Joe Biden to apologize for comments he made about working with segregationists. The more people hear about it, some say, 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 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?

SANDERS: Look, I think the media makes a bigger deal of it than it is.

RUHLE: So he doesn't have to apologize?

SANDERS: I do. Because it is one thing, look, when you're in Congress you work with everybody. I do. I think every member of the Senate, 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.

RUHLE: Senator, he wasn't touting relations.

SANDERS: That's my view,

RUHLE: His point was --

SANDERS: That's my view, Ma'am, I'm sorry. If you disagree with me that's fine. That's my view... One doesn't really tout relationships or make a virtue out of civility when it may be a necessity and not a virtue.

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