Sanders: America Founded on Racist Principles

"That's a fact"

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders demonstrated to a crowd at Liberty University that he can be as much a lover of clichés as he is of leftist principles. 

Speaking before a crowd of college students, Sanders said that America was founded by "racist principles" and that electing President Barack Obama was a "huge step forward."

"If you were elected president, what would you do to bring healing and resolution to the issues of racism in our country?" Sanders was asked.

"That is an excellent question. I thank you for it. I would hope and I believe that every person in this room today understands that it is unacceptable to judge people, to discriminate against people, based on the color of their skin," Sanders stated.

"And I would also say that as a nation… The truth is, that a nation which in many ways was created—and I’m sorry to have to say this—from way back on racist principles. That’s a fact," he continued.

"We have come a long way as a nation," Sanders said. “Now I know, my guess is probably not everybody here is an admirer or a voter for Barack Obama. But the point is, that in 2008, this country took a huge step forward, David, in voting for a candidate based on his ideas and not the color of his skin."