On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” CNN Political Commentator and former National Press Secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Symone Sanders, reacted to an incident of a man who was beaten by a group of people while others chanted “Don’t vote Trump” by saying, “Oh my goodness, poor white people.” She criticized President-elect Trump for the “audacity of privileged white people to sit on television and question if hate crimes are happening, to just flippantly say, stop it, it’s not okay, and not put any action behind those words is appalling to me.”
“As someone who’s been in politics for quite some time, I feel that I’m competent enough to say that everything the great majority of the media are releasing into the public is a lie,” she argued. “I have been on both sides of the field and I have seen with my own eyes what goes on when a prominent politician or any public figure, for that matter, starts going back on their own words. They are forgiven for it regardless of how important or grand their promises were, and here’s another thing: that goes double – triple, even – if they’re white.”
She added, “So, I apologize to anyone who might feel offended by what I’m about to say, but at the end of the day, Donald Trump has made promises he just does not intend to keep, and everybody who voted for him in this country is an idiot for doing so. Furthermore, I never condone violence and I believe that there’s always another way to resolve disputes of solve problems, but this is an unusual situation. We don’t know what happened in the Chicago incident. I have seen the footage but nobody really knows if there was anything before the confrontation itself.”
“And I don’t mean to have favorites here, but at the end of the day – white people always tend to overreact and over-blame people for any type of incidents they get involved in,” Sanders added. “I speak from personal experience when I say that I have no reason whatsoever to suspect otherwise when it comes to this incident. Like I’ve said – I don’t support violence of any kind, but if you start provoking and insulting people whom you used to oppress and consider a lower race up until yesterday, there will be consequences. And as far as I’m concerned – that’s exactly what happened in Chicago.”
“I just have to emphasize one thing – my position on the incident does not derive from the fact that I’m a black person, on the contrary; but we have to face the truth and the only truth here is that white people have systematically oppressed and enslaved black people for more than 400 years. And I don’t know what has to be done to heal those wounds, but the way I see it – one traffic light beating is a good start, because it pays back hundreds of thousands of lynches, crucifies, hangings, mutilations and other gruesome ways in which white people toyed with black slaves in the past. We as a race deserve payback for centuries of black slavery and if stopping white people in their cars and pulling them out and beating them up in the middle of the street is the way to accomplish that, it’s better than nothing,” Sanders opined.