It was Twitter to his rescue this past weekend when some supporters of Bernie Sanders took offense to CNN’s coverage of the Vermont senator’s victories in three caucuses on Saturday.
The hashtag #BernieMadeMeWhite began trending after Sanders won caucuses held Saturday in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. CNN had commented on the electorate of Alaska earlier this year, saying the state was “one of the most diverse places” in the country, but on Sunday after Sanders had trounced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a commentator offered a different perspective.
“These caucus states -- largely white and rural -- are the type of places Sanders traditionally does well. In order to win the nomination, he must replicate this success in other, more ethnically diverse states that hold primaries, as he did in Michigan last month.”
Soon after, black, Asian and Latino supporters began using the hashtag to express surprise that they had suddenly become white.
Others accused the network of favoritism, saying Time-Warner – the network’s parent company – is a major contributor to Clinton’s campaign.
Here are some of the comments under #BernieMadeMeWhite.
Sanders won the three caucuses by more than an average of 50 percentage points.
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