Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was met with audible groans from the audience on Wednesday night at the She the People Presidential Forum in Houston for his response to a question on the rise of white nationalism. Sanders, one of eight Democratic contenders for 2020 featured at the summit, which described itself as “the first-ever Presidential candidate forum focused on women of color,” prompted boos from the crowd after defaulting to his usual talking points about immigration reform and mentioning his attendance at the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King when asked how he’d handle the issue of white supremacist violence and what specifically he’d do for women of color. The questioner, former NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Sayu Bhojwani, later tweeted that Sanders “had a rough time” with the question but “came around.” Others were less forgiving. “Bernie was asked important questions and he answered none of them,”tweeteddisability rights advocate Stephanie Olarte. “It is so sad that the moderators ask the questions in different forms to get an answer Y NADA.”
Sanders seemed to struggle again when asked how he would win over former Hillary Clinton supporters, particularly black women. After giving his answer—that the Democratic party needed to unite, and that he would support whoever won the nomination—co-host Joy Ann Reid pushed him: “And about black women?” “Black women will be an integral part of what our campaign and what our administration is about,” Sanders said, as the crowd again became restless.