Sanders Condemns Effort To Make Obama ‘A Delegitimate President’

Asked how he would address Islamophobia as president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Thursday’s MSNBC town hall pivoted from criticism of Donald Trump’s general rhetoric on Muslims to the “obstructionism and hatred” faced by President Obama and “the idea of making him a delegitimate president.”

“People can agree with Barack Obama, you can disagree with Barack Obama,” Sanders said. “Anybody who doesn’t understand that the kind of obstructionism and hatred thrown at this man, the idea of making him a delegitimate president by suggesting he was not born in America because his dad came from Kenya.”

Sanders noted that his father was born in Poland but that “no one asked me, whether I’m a citizen or not.”

“What’s the difference? Maybe the color of our skin,” he said.

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