Sanders Says He’s Lost Some Primaries Because ‘Poor People Don’t Vote’

April 24, 2016 10:20 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Sunday that he had lost some primaries with a large population of people with high levels of income inequality because “poor people don’t vote.”

NBC “Meet the Press” host asked Sanders why he had lost 16 of the 17 states with the highest levels of income inequality to rival Hillary Clinton.

“Well, because poor people don’t vote. I mean, that’s just a fact. That’s a sad reality of American society,” Sanders said, before pivoting to his talking points. “And that’s what we have to transform. We have one — as you know, one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country on Earth.”

Sanders said his campaign had done a “good job” of including young people and has had “some success with lower income people.”

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