Senator Bernie Sanders was criticized on Thursday for his remarks after stating that white Southern voters who choose not to vote for Black candidates are “not necessarily racist."

During a phone interview with The Daily Beast, Sanders discussed "uncomfortable" white voters who may not have voted for Black gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum.

“I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American,” Sanders said. “I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that.”

In a recent conversation with NPR, Sanders attempted to clean up his language by blaming any possible loss for both Abrams and Gillum on “racist” campaigns by Republican candidates.

"There's no question that in Georgia and in Florida racism has reared its ugly head. And you have candidates who ran against Gillum and ran against Stacey Abrams who were racist and were doing everything they could to try to play whites against blacks," he stated. "And that is an outrage, and we have got to continue doing everything that we can to fight all forms of racism."

“It is our job now to continue to offer an alternative to the hate-filled agenda of Trump and Republican operatives,” He shared in a statement on Twitter.

Back in 2016, the 76-year-old democrat pushed to gain Black voters but failed after saying Barack Obama’s “business model” was a “failure" during a speech on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. 

Sanders' most recent statements are obviously not being well-received.

Votes from Tuesday's midterm elections are still being counted in some states. Abrams has not conceded in the Georgia gubernatorial race against Brian Kemp, and Andrew Gillum is awaiting a possible recount.  

Not today, Bernie. 

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