WATCH: Bernie Sanders Vicious Attack On Obama Has Black Democrats Seething

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If Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wants to win the Democrat nomination to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, he is off to a bad start. Sanders angered black Democrats on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by taking a swipe at former President Barack Obama.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images), Former President Barack Obama (Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. Sanders went to Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday to participate in a town hall on economic justice, one of the favorite topics for the socialist. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba also attended. The two were commenting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to economic justice when the independent senator made the remarks.

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” Sanders said. “People sometimes don’t see that because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But beyond that reality…”

Jeff Weaver, who serves as Sanders top aide, attempted to fix the unforced error the next day. “What Bernie was doing last night was praising the power and significance of the Obama presidency while at the same time pointing out that the national Dem Party has had a lot of failures over the last 15 years,” he said.

Sanders took to Twitter to defend his statement, saying, “It’s unfortunate that some have so degraded our discourse that my recognition of the historical significance of the Obama presidency is attacked.”

However, the damage was done as the senator was roundly dragged on Twitter for, what was perceived by many, as an attack on the former president.

“Nah, no, nope…Bernie…didn’t go down to Jackson…Mississippi…MLK assassination…50th anniversary…and try to drag…Obama…who ain’t perfect…at all. But. Bernie…if you want more than 3 southern black folks voting for you…you TRIPPIN’, ‘white working class Bernie,’” actor Jeffrey Wright, who has appeared in James Bond and Hunger Games movies, said.

“Y’all can defend Bernie all you want. On #MLK50 his lack of self awareness and arrogance in dismissing #44, is wild. Bernie 2020 died 4/4/18,” former South Carolina Rep. and CNN contributor, Bakari Sellers tweeted.

“I’m going to say this again: This isn’t about not criticizing Obama. It’s about where and when Sanders chose to be petty. In a state he lost by 66 points in front of a mostly Southern Black crowd that his campaign dismissed as part of the Confederacy in 2016,” senior legal analyst for Rewire News, Imani Gandy, said.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr warned us about white progressives like Bernie Sanders in his letter from Birmingham prison. On the 50th anniversary, he decides it was appropriate to attack President Obama and belittle the work Democrats have done for America in 15 years. Shame on you,” a Hillary Clinton voter with the Twitter handle Mr. Weeks said.

Far be it for me to defend Sanders, a socialist progressive whose ideas for the economy are to the left of Joseph Stalin, but this attack on him is ridiculous. The idea that one cannot criticize former President Obama because of the fact that he is black is outright lunacy.

Complaining about the loss of legislative seats under Obama, or the failures of the Democrat Party during that time, is not a racist attack. To tell people that any criticism of the man is a racial attack is a coward’s cover in order to ignore the pitfalls of his administration.

It is the same reason that the mainstream media pretends that the Obama administration had no scandals in spite of the fact that his eight years were rife with them. From the Fast And Furious gun running operation to the IRS targeting of conservative groups, not to mention Benghazi, the Obama administration had scandals galore, but it cannot be discussed because, apparently, stating facts is racist.