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One day after Super Saturday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders got to verbal fisticuffs during the Democratic Debate on Sunday night in Flint, Michigan.

The two angrily hashed it out over a range of issues including water safety, the bailout on Wall Street and the federal recovery for the auto industry, CNN wrote. The snippiness got real bad, especially when the candidates clashed over how to address the economy.

Sanders said,  “If you are talking about the Wall Street bailout, where some of your friends destroyed the economy…”  Clinton cut him off with “You know…” Sanders shot back: “Excuse me, I’m talking.”

In addition, Sanders came for Clinton for her ties to the finance industry and demanded that she release transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street firms. Clinton said she will when Trump, Rubio and Cruz do the same. 

The candidates were also asked about their racial blind spots. And trust, it got interesting.

While Sanders understands white privilege, he admitted to being humbled when hearing stories from Black colleagues and activists about how prevalent and harmful racism is in their everyday lives.

“You don’t understand the degree to which we are terrorized. … I’m just talking about everyday activities where police officers are bullying people,” Sanders said of a woman who shared a story about police brutality in her community. 

“When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto,” Sanders concluded. “You don’t know what it’s like to be poor. You don’t know what it’s like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car. And I believe that as a nation in the year 2016, we must be firm in making it clear, we will end institutional racism and reform a broken criminal justice system.”

Well, clearly that “ghetto” comment sparked some criticism.

This probably won’t help Sanders, who has a hard time support from African-Americans who prefer Clinton, the Huffington Post noted. When asked the same question, Clinton said white people should be empathetic and put themselves in the shoes of people of color.

“I think it’s incumbent upon me — and what I have been trying to talk about during this campaign — is to urge white people to think about what it is like to have the talk with your kids, scared that your sons or daughters even could get in trouble for no good reason whatsoever, like Sandra Bland, and end up dead in a jail in Texas,” she said. 

Clinton also surprised some for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to resign given his role in the poisoning of Flint residents. “The governor should resign or be recalled, and we should support the efforts of citizens attempting to achieve that,” she said. 

This is the first time she has said as much, but Sanders has made this call several times before, the Detroit Free Press noted.

Despite Sanders winning primaries in Nebraska, Kansas and Maine, Clinton still leads him in delegates and promised super delegates. Time will tell if Sanders can keep chipping away at Clinton’s lead with the upcoming Michigan primary on Tuesday.


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