Presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined “The Breakfast Club” radio show this week to tout his record of supporting civil rights, but failed to name a single piece of legislation that he has passed to help black people.
“I don’t talk about this very often, but when I was a student in college I was a member of a group that I think no longer exists – the Congress on Racial Equality,” Sanders told host Charlamagne tha God.
“It was one of the prominent civil rights groups in the early 60’s,” he continued. “We took on segregated housing owned by the University of Chicago, we held the first sit-in demonstration ever held in the North – I got arrested for doing that. In 1963 – this does speak to my age I guess – I was at the March on Washington for jobs and freedom, where Dr. King spoke.”
Sanders also touted boasted that he was one of the few white public officials to support Jesse Jackson’s presidential run in 1988.
When asked if he could point to any specific legislation passed that helped black people, Sanders responded
“Well, legislation that, uh, benefits African Americans – not specifically,” he said. “We pass legislation that benefits working people.”
Sanders was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1991, where he held office until he was elected to the Senate in 2007. That is a total of 27 years in the legislature.
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Iowa Certifies Republican Congressional Candidate as Winner by SIX VOTES
The closest congressional election in decades.
The Iowa State Board of Canvass voted on Monday to certify a Republican congressional candidate as the winner of an election for the state’s 2nd district, with a recount leaving Mariannette Miller-Meeks up on Democrat Rita Hart by a mere six votes.
The final standing result for the election of Iowa’s 2nd congressional district leaves Miller-Meeks with 196,964 votes, and Hart with 196,568 votes. Miller-Meeks’ margin of victory had stood at 47 votes before a mandatory recount, dwindling to a final lead of a half dozen. The election is slated to become the closes congressional race in the United States since 1984, and the closest in Iowa since 1916.
Hart is expected to legally challenge the vote after Monday’s certification. A GOP victory in the Democrat-leaning swing district would be the 14th Republican pickup this year, significantly eroding the Democrat majority in the House of Representatives.
“While the race is extraordinarily close, I am proud to have won this contest and look forward to being certified as the winner,” said Miller-Meeks, an Iowa State Senator representing Ottumwa on Saturday when declaring victory. “It is the honor of a lifetime to be elected to serve the people of eastern and southern Iowa. Iowans are tenacious, optimistic and hardworking, and I will take those same attributes to Washington, D.C., on their behalf.”
The recount process had proven dramatic, with results of Miller-Meeks’ outstanding lead placed in jeopardy when a recount board identified and counted dozens of absentee ballots that weren’t previously accounted for. It’s likely Hart will litigate in hopes of getting county clerks to count additional ballots that had been ruled unlawful.
As the nation demands answers to allegations of pervasive election misconduct and voter fraud, it’s worth noting that only a handful of ballots can overturn the end result of many local, county, and state elections. Let no illegal ballot infiltrate the final count, and let no legal vote go uncounted.
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