If Bernie can’t make it through an interview, how is he going to make it through the presidency?
Bernie Sanders abruptly ended an interview with NBC’s 12 News Friday after being grilled on his voting history and his wife’s encounter with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The footage of the Vermont Governor shutting down the talk, which can be seen on RealClear Politics, shows an apparently frustrated Sanders taking off his tie mic after two questions from reporter Brahm Resnik.
Those questions cover topics that have been thorns in Sanders’s side during the most recent leg of the campaign: the claim that he voted to protect a Mexico border vigilante group in 2006, and questions about his wife’s meeting with Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio when she visited the state’s ‘Tent City’ prison on Monday.
The footage begins partway through the interview, with Resnik saying ‘Another vote you’re criticized on, the Minutemen vote, that amendment in ’06. Did you know at the time who the Minutemen were?’
That vote was on an amendment that forbade the Department of Homeland Security from giving ‘a foreign government information relating to the activities of an organized volunteer civilian action group, operating in the State of California, Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona.’
It was intended to stop leaks of information to the Mexican government about the locations of Minutemen vigilante groups who aim to stop illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico to the US. Sanders voted in favor of the amendment, Buzzfeed reported.
It has been held up by the Clinton camp as a sign that Sanders is not on-board with Hispanic voters, who strongly disapprove of such vigilantes. Sanders dismissed the claims as ‘horrific’ lies, saying that it was one aspect of a larger vote.
Sanders, sounding irritable, echoes those thoughts again in the interview, to which Resnik responds, ‘It was an amendment though, wasn’t it?’
‘It’s very easy for Secretary Clinton to be going through the thousands of votes that I cast,’ responded Sanders, ‘but the truth of the matter is, of course, to suggest that I am sympathetic to Minutemen or vigilantes is totally outrageous.’
He then wrote off Clinton’s claims as ‘slander,’ saying that he believes ‘in comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship’ and that he has ‘the strongest agenda, according to The New York Times in terms of immigration reform.’
Resnik then moves on to what will be his last topic: Monday’s visit by Jane Sanders to Tent City, a prison designed by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in which inmates sleep in tents in temperatures of up to 140F, which was filmed by KTVK.
Arpaio has been criticized in the past of targeting Latinos in ‘sweeps’ for illegal immigrants. In 2013, a federal judge ruled that he had engaged in racial profiling.