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Bernie Sanders Tells Trevor Noah He May Be Old, White, and Male, But He Was First

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for president in 2020, and in his appearance on The Daily Show on Thursday, Trevor Noah asked him about the biggest concern liberals have: isn’t he an old white man?

It turns out that he is, but he thinks that his drawbacks are offset by the fact that he was progressive first, and bravely.

Noah began the question by noting the diversity of the 2020 field for Democrats.

“Let’s talk about this democratic field. This is an interesting time where this field is more diverse than ever before, but some people have said, all right, you have a diverse field, but it feels like the front runners are still old white men,” he said. “You still have yourself, Joe Biden —”

“You’re not talking about me, are you?” Sanders awkwardly joked.

“No, of course not. I mean the white men,” Noah replied. “But how do you respond to the criticism where people say, well, isn’t it time for you guys to step aside?” he asked.

“Look, I think the American people have to make that decision, nobody else makes it,” said Sanders, stating the obvious. “But I think it is appropriate for people to say, okay, who has been talking about this issue, when? Who had the courage to go forward, and at what time?”

The implication, it seems, is that he was one of the first people talking about ideas common among Democrats now that were considered radical when he ran on them in years past.

“So it’s important not to look at just personalities,” he said, although no one was talking about personality but about race, gender, and identity. “I think, in American politics, in general, we do too much of that.”

Noah replied, “Yes.”

“What we need to do is to say, okay, we have massive levels of income and wealth inequality. as a nation are we happy three people own more wealth than the bottom half of America? Are we happy that billionaires are able to buy elections?” said Sanders. “I think what we need to do is focus on a progressive agenda, and I’m proud of the fact that I have been a leader in fighting nor that agenda for a long time.”

Again, the obvious argument he is making is that while he may not be part of the diversity of the field, he came first. Noah put a feather on it.

“You’re basically saying people have jumped on but you’re the O.G. Of this idea,” he said. “That’s essentially what you’re saying.” The crowd and Sanders laughed in agreement.

The idea he was referring to is “Democratic Socialism,” for which Sanders offered his definition later in the segment. You can watch the clip above, courtesy of Comedy Central, or the full interview below.

[Featured image via screengrab]

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