Sharpton presses Sanders: 'What about the race element' in income inequality?

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton early Thursday said Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Sanders, Mulvaney clash heatedly over Trump budget MORE “did not address” during a discussion how the Democratic presidential hopeful's welfare plan would combat the effects of racism on income inequality. 

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“One of the things that I was saying to Senator Sanders is saying that you’ve got to deal with income inequality and wages is fine, but what about the race element of that?” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“He did not address that directly,” the reverend added. “That’s what I was pressing him on.”

“Are you going to talk about affirmative action? Are you going to talk about racial disparities in terms of promotions and access to capital?”

Sharpton said he wanted to share during their Harlem meeting the issues that minorities care about as the election moves toward the South.

“As we leave the New Hampshire/Iowa states, which are basically white electorate, they’re going to have to deal now with issues across the board,” he said.

“You’ve got to deal with the immigration issue with Latinos in Nevada, you’re going to have to deal with a lot of the issues in our community.”

Sharpton said he is planning to meet with Democratic primary front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Fox News: 'Foolish' to think Hannity won't return Billionaires posing as populists won’t support trade deals for working people MORE next Tuesday.