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MSNBC’s Joy Reid sets Bernie straight: Lots of Americans know what it’s like to live in ghettos

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One of the most powerful moments from Sunday’s CNN Democratic Debate came when the candidates were asked to answer questions about race and white privilege. Both expressed their empathy and acknowledged their privilege saying that they could not fully understand the experience that African Americans face. But after Senator Bernie Sanders told a story about watching a friend and colleague experience the everyday racism and discrimination from cab drivers he said the phrase “when you’re white you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto…” Understandably, Twitter exploded with a barrage of frustration.

Most notably, MSNBC reporter Joy Reid took to Twitter to explain to the rest of the world that not all black people are poor or live in ghettos and that the experience of living in a ghetto isn’t unique to only black people.

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Others agreed with Reid’s assessment.

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The New York Times liveblog also addressed the issue with Maggie Haberman saying while it is a far cry from Donald Trump’s “the blacks” it also wasn’t a “great moment” for Sanders. Alan Rappeport agreed saying “older candidates have to watch out for phrases that were seen as less controversial decades ago.” He also predicted the mainstream media would ignore that it happened.

Hillary Clinton, by contrast, responded similarly to Sanders but avoided the landmine of using the outdated language. “Being a white person in the United States of America I know that I’ve never had the experience that so many people, the people in this audience have had. And I think it’s incumbent on me… to urge white people to think what it is like to talk with your kids, scared that your sons or daughters even could get in trouble for no good reason what so ever. Like Sandra Bland and end up dead in a jail in Texas!”

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Elections 2016

Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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2020 Election

Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him

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President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.

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If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr

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Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.

"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."

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