Sanders began his reply by accusing the Trump administration of discriminatory "demagoguery" before touting plans for comprehensive immigration reform, universal health care through Medicare for All, and raising the minimum wage to "15 bucks an hour."
That's when the heckling began. Co-hosts Joy Reid and Aimee Allison were both distracted by outbursts from the audience while repeatedly pressing Sanders for more clarity on his answers. Allison asked Sanders to specifically address what he would do about "white supremacist violence to protect our communities."
"Oh, right. Absolutely," the 77-year-old senator replied, saying, "I know I date myself a little bit here, but I actually was at the march on Washington with Dr. [Martin Luther] King back in 1963." At that point, groans were heard from the crowd and according to the Daily Mail, one person shouted: 'We know!'"
The self-proclaimed democratic socialist then paused, becoming visibly miffed by audience members interrupting, before name-dropping again while bragging about his support of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson amid boos and jeers.
While Sanders did enjoy several cheers from the audience during the questioning, the praise was overshadowed by heckling during several parts of his talk.
Several other Democratic presidential hopefuls also showed up to answer questions at the forum, including former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (N.J.), and Kamala Harris (Calif.), USA Today reported.